Police Records

Police Records is responsible for processing all police reports, accident reports, sex offender registrations and gun permits.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)


Requests for East Lansing Police Department police reports, accident reports and other public information can be requested through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA (Act 442 of 1976) establishes a citizen's legal right to access government records and information upon request. FOIA Request Forms (PDF) may be mailed, emailed or faxed directly to the address, email or fax number below:

East Lansing Police Department / FOIA
409 Park Lane
East Lansing, MI 48823

foia@elpolice.com (email)
(517) 337-7372 (fax)
(517) 351-4220, Option 5 (information/questions)

Pursuant to PA 523 of 2018 - ELPD may reject any FOIA request that does not include the requesting person's complete name, address and contact information. Additionally, an address must be written in compliance with United States Postal Service addressing standards. Contact information must include a valid telephone number or electronic mail address. MCL 15.233 et seq.

FOIA Request Form - East Lansing Police Department (PDF)

ELPD has five business days to provide a response and a 10-business-day extension may be necessary. Fees vary based on the amount of information requested and the time to process information. Reports are either mailed, emailed or faxed out (postage will be charged as appropriate), or will be available to be picked up in person. 

*Active/open reports will not be released.

Accident reports can also be obtained online at https://policereports.lexisnexis.com/ ($10) or mdotjboss.state.mi.us/TCPS/login/welcome.jsp ($10).

Gun Permits


Gun Permits are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Firearm permits are FREE; however, permits require a notary at $10 each.

Learn more at Firearms in Michigan

Other Services  

  • record checks / security clearance letters
  • notary public service ($10)
  • fingerprint card ($9 per card)
  • preliminary breath test ($10)
  • in-car video
  • all other video and audio
  • sex offender registry ($50)
  • background checks