The coat of arms of Michoacán is divided into four sections. The upper dexter field is red with a statue of José María Morelos, one of the most important figures in the war of independence. The upper sinister section shows three prehispanic crowns, which symbolize the three kingdoms that existed in the original territory of Michoacán, also on a red field.
The lower dexter section is charged with a factory, symbolizing the industry and advancement of the modern-day state. Lastly, the lower sinister field shows an image of the University of Tiripetio, considered to be the first University in the Americas, founded in 1540.
The shield has a blue border charged with sixteen stars. The motto on the bottom reads Heredamos Libertad - Legaremos Justicia Social ("We inherited freedom - We will bequeath social justice").