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Central Records - FOIA

FOIACentral Records: 

Central Records is located within the Sergeant Dennis W. Finch Law Enforcement Center at 851 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686 and can be contacted at 231-995-5005.  Central Record’s is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed all holidays.  

Central Records is responsible for processing all police reports, accident reports and firearm registrations. 

Traffic Crash Reports (UD-10)

To obtain a copy of an accident report handled by the Traverse City Police Department, please allow 72 hours after the accident has occurred to attempt to obtain the report. 

Online options: 

If the officer provided you with a report number you will need to search for the report number on the website.  An example of a Traverse City Police Department report number is 12345-15.  If you were given a complaint number with “781-“ as a prefix do not enter this portion as you search. 

NOTE:  Accidents that have occurred on private property/parking lots are only available at Central Records, Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm/excluding holidays.  There is a $5.00 charge for a copy of all private property and parking lot accidents.

Any Fatal traffic crash reports, supplemental reports, attachments and photographs pertaining to the traffic crash must be obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  (FOIA_Request_Form) 

Firearm Permits: 

Firearm permits are available at Central Records, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at no charge.

There will be a 24 to 48 hour time period before you will be issued a permit.  This is so a background check can be completed and approval obtained.  

Firearm permits are only required if you are purchasing a firearm from an individual.  FFL dealers are now able to perform background checks on subjects wanting to purchase a firearm direct from them. 

Bicycle licenses: 

Bicycle licenses are available at Central Records, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at no charge. 

The minimum information needed to register a bike is make, model and serial number.  Other helpful information would be color, wheel size, bike speed and any special features.  

Police Reports/Digital Media/Record Checks: 

All police reports, fatal traffic crashes, supplemental traffic crash reports and photographs are released through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  These requests are handled by the FOIA Coordinator.  Requests (FOIA_Request_Form) must be made in writing and are accepted in person, by mail, email ( or fax (231-929-0745).  The Traverse City Police Department has five business days to provide a response. In cases when more time is needed to provide a complete response, a ten business day extension may be necessary.  Fees vary based on the amount of information requested and the time it takes to process the information. 

Background/Record Checks:  These are available online at Michigan State Police IChat, www.// 

Arrest Records Check:  Are conducted in person at the Law Enforcement Center during business hours.   You must present ID.  To save time please fill out the form prior to arrival.  The form can be downloaded by clicking HERE                                   


Fingerprinting is no longer conducted at the Grand Traverse County Jail.   IdentoGO is company that provides this service locally.  They are located at 10783 E Cherry Bend Rd, Studio 19, Traverse City, MI.  Their hours are Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am -12:30 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

FOIA Request Form


This page last updated on 1/22/2021.