Copies of Michigan City generated police reports, handgun permit applications, vehicle inspections, background employment check, and vehicle accident reports are but a few of the services handled by our Records Division.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 4:30pm; Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm Closed Saturday and Sunday
The Records Division is located in the front lobby of the Michigan City Police Department
REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE THREE (3) BUSINESS DAYS FROM THE DATE REPORTED
The Records Division provides numerous services including:
• Copies of Accident Reports
• Handgun Permit Applications
• Case Report Synopsis (for named parties)
• Employment Background Check
• Parking Ticket Payment
Pricing for commonly requested Records Copies:
Accident Report - $8.00 or Online@Buycrash.com- $12.00
Fingerprinting - FREE
Basic Case Report - FREE
Additional Public Access Copies - $.10 per page Black & White $.10 per page Color $.25 per page $1.00 each
Photographs - $1.00 each
Audio Tapes - $10.00
Video Tape Copies - $10.00
Computer Disc Copies - $10.00
Body Camera Video Footage - $150.00
VIN Checks - $5.00
State Handgun Permit - $10.00 (4-year) $50.00 for lifetime permit
Limited Criminal History - $3.00 NO HISTORY
Criminal History File - $7.00
Juvenile Criminal History - $5.00
Please note in some circumstances, Police Records will require you request in advance by filling out an Access to Public Records Request form. The request will then be reviewed. Once this request is approved or denied, you will be notified in writing of the approval and you may then, with your approval letter, contact the Records Division for the requested item/copies.
Parking Tickets issued by the City of Michigan City may be paid during normal business hours at the Records Division. After hours you may pay at the front desk in the lobby of the Michigan City Police Department.
PAYMENT CAN BE MADE BY:
CASH , PERSONAL CHECK, CREDIT CARD OR MONEY ORDER
PARKING TICKET PAID WITHIN 24 HOURS - $15.00
PARKING TICKET PAID 24 TO 72 HOURS - $25.00
PARKING TICKET PAID AFTER 72 HOURS - $50.00
Fingerprinting as part of an employment screening by a prospective employer or for other background check history, or immigration is completed in our front lobby, adjacent to records. There is no fee we just request fingerprinting done during the times of 6:30am and 5:00pm.
Permits are processed Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 3:30pm.
The applicant must be a resident of Indiana and should report to the agency that has primary law enforcement jurisdiction of their place of residence. If you live outside the corporate city limits of Michigan City, you must apply at the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department.
You may renew your handgun license one year prior to the expiration date of your handgun license.
Due to recent changes made to the handgun permit application process implemented by the Indiana State Police, the Michigan City Police Department will no longer fingerprint applicants. Those interested in obtaining an application must do so on-line via the Indiana State Police website, click here, or go to the Forms section on our website, click here.
Applicants will then need to schedule an appointment for fingerprints at Identogo by Morpho Trust USA, an INKless fingerprinting service. You can make an appointment on-line, click here, or call (877) 472-6917. In LaPorte County, an electronic fingerprinting site is located at 506 J Street, LaPorte. Indentogo is a State contracted company and the cost of their service is $11.95 per applicant.
You will still need to come to the Michigan City Police Station with one (1) money order , Credit Card, or Cash for the local fee, made out to the Michigan City Police or MCPD, your photo ID with your current address and your receipt from L-1 (MorphoTrust USA) to complete the application process. *No refund will be made if your application is denied by State Police review.*
Type of Permit State Fee Local Fee
4 Year Personal Protection $30.00 $10.00
Lifetime - No current gun permit $75.00 $50.00
Lifetime - Current valid gun permit $60.00 $40.00
*If you currently have a valid handgun license, you will receive a discount on the lifetime permit if you apply before it expires.
For more information on obtaining a handgun license, click here
If you have any questions on whether or not you are eligible for a gun permit, you can contact the Indiana State Firearms Division at (317) 232-8264.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) check inspections are required for out of state purchased vehicles prior to being registered by IN BMV. BMV staff may refer you to the Police Department for this inspection prior to being issued a registration.
The most common reasons the BMV requires a identification number check on you vehicle include: (1.) you purchased a vehicle with an out-of-state title; (2.) you moved to Indiana from out-of-state; (3.) you purchased a trailer without a VIN number; (4.) you built a new trailer; and/or (5.) you have an error on your title.
VIN/HIN checks can be handled at the Police Department, for a fee of $5.00. You must have the proper paperwork for the vehicle, including the title.
Normal VIN/HIN check hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm
For watercraft or un-drivable vehicles or trailers, an officer is required to come to your place of residence, work, etc within the Michigan City Corporate Limits. The fees must be paid in records prior to the inspection. You will be provided with a form and a receipt to show the inspecting officer as proof of purchase.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS PLEASE CONTACT
RECORDS DIVISION COMMANDER Sergeant Chris Yagelski
(219) 874-3221 Ext. #1020