Background Checks, Report Copies & Gun Permits

Local Criminal Background Checks
Local criminal background checks are sometimes required for employment, adoptions, overseas travel, etc. A local background check is only a check of East Grand Rapids Public Safety’s records. It is not a statewide check.

We provide local background checks for East Grand Rapids residents between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Requests must be made in person with a photo ID. The charge is $20 per background check. Statewide criminal background checks are available through the Michigan State Police in Rockford, or on the Internet through ICHAT.

Report Copies
To obtain a copy of a police report, come to the Department of Public Safety. You will be required to complete a Freedom of Information Request. FOIA request form.  

Gun Permits
Handgun purchase permits are available at the Department of Public Safety for residents of East Grand Rapids. There is no charge for purchase permits. CCW application packets are available through the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 701 Ball Northeast. Call them at 616-632-6200.