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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/Photographs/Background 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 Detective Bureau Investigative Assistants.  Requests (FOIA_Request_Form) must be made in writing and are accepted in person, by mail, email ( or fax (231-995-5014).  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. 

Police Reports: The price is based on the hourly rate established by the City Clerk, based on the FOIA statute, for the amount of time it takes to process the request, the hourly rate of the reviewer and the amount of time needed to review the request, plus the number of pages needed to fulfill the request. 

Digital Photographs/DVD’s:  Based on the hourly rate of the processor.  There is also a minimal charge for the CD that the digital photos will be provided on. 

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


Fingerprinting is conducted at the Grand Traverse County Jail on Wednesdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The jail is located at 320 Washington St Traverse City, MI 49684.  Click the Jail website for fees, 

FOIA Request Form


This page last updated on 7/10/2020.