Michigan Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
InfoTracer does not compile background information for employment purposes and is not a “consumer reporting agency” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). The reports InfoTracer provides are not "consumer reports" under the FCRA because they are not used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for personal credit or insurance, employment, housing, a government license or benefit, or for any other permissible purpose under the FCRA.

How To Get a Michigan Background Check Report

How To Get a Michigan Background Check Report

The State Police is the law enforcement agency in charge of background checks for the state, and they maintain all criminal history information in their repository. All background checks are performed using a name-search unless the state or federal government mandates a fingerprint-based search. They have a particular website called The Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) for the general public to use to search and access public criminal history information. Searches are fee-based, and the results will show immediately on the screen once payment has been processed. Individuals can register for an account or use the system as a guest. They offer a few different types of search criteria such as name, date of birth, race, gender, and SID.
The courts, police departments and other law enforcement agencies are required to report all misdemeanors and felonies punishable by more than 93 days into the system. 

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

An official Michigan background report will first show basic personal information like name, address, aliases, height, weight, gender, race, and other physical descriptors. The report will also show all criminal history information such as arrests, warrants, incarcerations, charges, convictions, court dispositions, fees, fines, misdemeanors, felonies, sex offenses, and other criminal information. The report will not show juvenile or sealed records. Also not included are federal records, tribal records, traffic records or any records from another state. 

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

There are various purposes companies, and individuals in MI use a background report. They are most often used for employment, housing, licensing and permits. Other reasons are for student eligibility, volunteer work, and credit or financing. 
Public background reports also exist for other purposes such as finding a long-lost love, before dating someone new, checking out a potential business partner or looking up someone’s address. The information contained in an informal background report comes from public and private sources and will include: 

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests and Warrants
  • Bankruptcy Filings          
  • Legal Judgments
  • Liens 

  • Birth Records

  • Marriages and Divorces 

  • Property Records

  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership

  • Current and Past Addresses

  • Phone and Email Address

  • Professional Licenses

  • Relatives and Associates

  • Social Media Accounts and More

MI Criminal Background Checks

The State Police is the entity responsible for keeping and maintaining all criminal history information. They do offer the general public access to these records online through their The Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) system. Criminal histories will include things like police reports, RAP sheets, warrants, misdemeanors, felonies, sex offenses, arrests, incarcerations, parole, and probation information.

Gun Background Check

The state is a partial point of sale for state gun dealers. If the transaction is through a federally licensed gun dealer, then they will contact the FBI and use NICS for a background check. Otherwise, they will contact the state police to make sure the buyers have either a valid handgun purchase license or a concealed carry handgun license. The state requires anyone purchasing a gun to have a permit. Only long gun private sales are not subject to a background check. Michigan performed over 579,605 background checks so far in 2018.

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 489,957 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Michigan

State # of conducted handgun checks
Florida 590,140
Pennsylvania 534,653
Indiana 224,264
Washington 202,826
Wisconsin 155,441

States With More Long Gun Checks than Michigan

State # of conducted long gun checks
Texas 442,626
California 395,145
Florida 278,908
Pennsylvania 165,494
Oregon 134,440

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

MI background check laws pertain most often to employment. For example, public employers in Detroit are not allowed to ask about or use criminal history information in their hiring process. The only exception to this rule is when a state or federal statute mandates a criminal background check when hiring new employees. 

Employment Protection

The state employers are prohibited from asking applicants about any misdemeanor crimes that were dropped. They can, however, ask about arrests for misdemeanors and felonies that did lead to a conviction. Additionally, Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights issued a guide for employers to use to help keep them from transgressing into racial and other discrimination issues when using background checks for hiring. The guide is called Pre-Employment Inquiry Guide. Employers are also subject to The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when their interview process involves a background check.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 355 victims of online romance scams in Michigan, resulting in $3.0 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 202 62,255
20 - 29 780 1,475,165
30 - 39 850 1,416,146
40 - 49 979 3,978,408
50 - 59 1,024 6,050,149
Over 60 1,135 4,547,636
InfoTracer does not compile background information for employment purposes and is not a “consumer reporting agency” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). The reports InfoTracer provides are not "consumer reports" under the FCRA because they are not used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for personal credit or insurance, employment, housing, a government license or benefit, or for any other permissible purpose under the FCRA.