An employer is permitted to perform Michigan criminal background checks on employees and candidates. In accordance with Michigan law, an employer cannot ask employees about misdemeanor arrests that did not lead to a conviction. A criminal background check can be made using the Michigan State Police (MSP) Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) for a fee of $10 per result.

Cost – $10

Laws – MI Stat. Sec. 37.2205a

Step 1 – Access the ICHAT Website

To perform the search you will need to navigate to the ICHAT login page by following this link.

Step 2 – Log into Your Account

Enter your email address and password into the login window and click Sign In in order to be able to perform a search. If you do not have an account, continue to Step 3. Otherwise, skip ahead to Step 6.

Step 3 – Create an Account

Click Register to create a new account with ICHAT.

Step 4 – Provide Personal Information

Now, provide the following personal and account information before clicking Save:

  • Logon ID
  • Password
  • Security question & answer
  • Full name
  • Complete address
  • Daytime phone number
  • Agency code (for government, non-profit, or PS&I firms only)
 This message will appear indicating that an activation link has been sent to your email address.

Step 5 – Activate Account

After following the activation link, you will need to provide your logon ID and activation code before clicking Activate Account. Once your account is activated, you will be able to perform a search.

Step 6 – Perform a Background Search

Click Background Search to perform a criminal history search.

Step 7 – Enter Search Information

 Now, provide the following search information:
  • Full name
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Day of birth
  • Year of birth
  • Month of birth
  • Other names (not required)
  • SID (for criminal record numbers)

Once you are ready, click “Submit” to continue.

Step 8 – Select Payment Method

 Select your payment method and click Next to continue.

Step 9 – Select Individual Case(s)

Select the case(s) which you wish to view ($10/case) and click Check Out to proceed.

Step 10 – Provide Credit Card Payer Information

Provide all of the necessary credit card payment information before clicking Next.

Step 11 – Make Payment

To make your payment, click Pay Now.

Step 12 – View Responses

Once your payment has been processed, you can click View Responses to view your search result(s) in detail.