How do I request legal records for myself or someone else?

Who is this for?

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This information can help if you want to know how an attorney can request copies of your legal records.

There may come a time when you decide to file a lawsuit or an insurance claim against another party because of an injury or medical condition. Your attorney will need to request your medical records from us using a subpoena.

What is a subpoena?

A subpoena is a written document from the court authorizing us to release your medical records to your lawyer.  

Do you have a subpoena?

If we aren’t involved in the lawsuit, a valid subpoena needs to be issued by your lawyer and sent directly to us.

Subpoenas issued by a Michigan court should include:

  • Customer, doctor, employee or other individual name
  • Contract or enrollee ID number
  • Time frame
  • Case name and number
  • Appropriate signatures

Subpoenas should include one of these authorization forms: 

And, if necessary Authorization for Use and Disclosure of Psychotherapy Notes (PDF)

Mail Michigan court-issued subpoenas and authorization forms to:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Office of the General Counsel – Mail Code 1923
600 E. Lafayette Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226-2998

Pricing and response time

We charge $34, plus 25 cents per page, for each records request. It will take four to six weeks for us to respond to a valid subpoena request once we receive it.

Out-of-state subpoenas

If you have a subpoena issued by a court outside of Michigan, please see how to obtain records when you are a third party.