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Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I report an Accident?
    Michigan Vehicle Code requires in section 257.622 "The driver of a motor vehicle involved in an accident that injures or kills any person, or that damages property to an apparent extent totaling $400.00 or more, shall immediately report that accident at the nearest or most convenient police station, or to the nearest or most convenient police officer."

    Should the above pertain to your accident, or you are not sure, it is in your best interest to call and report the accident immediately. Our office is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and you can reach us by calling 482-4411.

  • How do I report a crime?
    Call us at our office 906-482-4411, or you may come to our office at 403 E. Houghton Ave., Houghton, MI 49931.
  • How do I report a suspicious situation?
    You may report suspicious situations by telephone, in person, by writing us a letter, or by e-mail through our Contact Us e-mail form.
  • How do I get a copy of a Police Incident or Accident Report?
    If you want a copy of an incident or accident report you may pick one up at our office at 403 E. Houghton Ave., Houghton, MI 49931. The cost for copies are $5.00 for the first page and $1.00 for every page thereafter.
  • How do I get a handgun purchase permit?
    To be eligible for a handgun purchase permit, you must be a resident of this county, 21yrs. of age if buying from a dealer or 18yrs. of age if buying from a private owner, have no felony convictions and have not been adjudged insane or mentally incompetent. The cost of a purchase permit/safety inspection is $5.00 and you must come in person to our office at 403 E. Houghton Ave., Houghton, MI 49931.
  • What is the fine on a traffic/ordinance ticket?
    The fines and costs on traffic/ordinance tickets are set by the court. The phone number for the magistrate's office for traffic tickets is (906) 482-1285. The phone number for the 97th District Court for other violations is (906) 482-4980. You can also visit our 97th District Court Traffic Fines and Costs Schedule for more information.
  • What are the Sheriff's Dept. telephone numbers?
    See 'Contact Us'
  • How do I find the status of my case?
    The phone number for the Prosecuting Attorney's office is
    (906) 482-3214.
  • How do I acquire a Personal Protection Order?
    You may receive a personal protection order only if you are a victim of domestic violence or stalking. The PPO's are available from the county clerk's office in the county Courthouse at 401 E. Houghton Ave., Houghton, MI 49931 (906) 482-1150.
  • Where is the Houghton County Sheriff's Dept. located?
    See 'Contact Us'