We have previously written about Michigan’s amendments to Rule 1.109 of the Michigan Court Rules. As a refresher, the amended rule as originally proposed would have required court clerks throughout Michigan to redact personal identifying information, primarily dates of birth, from court records before providing those records to the public. In December, we wrote that our industry group, the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) proposed a negotiated court rule, which was adopted on December 6, 2021. One of the major wins in this updated rule establishes a list of authorized users who are permitted to access a subject’s date of birth as listed in the court record, including court researchers and background screening agencies such as AccuSource.
The Michigan State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) has created a website to allow court researchers to register for identifier access. A list of authorized individuals and companies will also be available on its website. AccuSource has registered with the SCAO for identifier access and will have access to the otherwise restricted dates of birth and other identifiers. In order to register, AccuSource provided assurance that our verification of date of birth will be in the course of that individual’s work and with his or her consent, assurance that we will provide on a periodic basis. We also provided proof of professional liability insurance. The amended Rule goes into effect on April 1, 2022, and AccuSource is prepared to meet our clients’ ongoing screening needs. If you would like AccuSource to provide a complimentary review of your current background screening compliance program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.