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The North Carolina Public Records Laws originated in 1935 and its purpose at the time was to preserve public records. Today the Public Records Act allows inspection by any person of public records. There are exemptions to this law such as some records between attorneys and their government clients, trade secrets and criminal investigation records. These exceptions are delineated in the statutes. North Carolina also has a similar open meetings law enacted in 1971 and updated a number of times. This law ensures access to information from public meetings. North Carolina was admitted to the Union on November 21, 1789. North Carolina has 100 counties and is the tenth largest populated state in the United States. The largest city is Charlotte; however, the capital is Raleigh. North Carolina is known for tobacco and its fine furniture manufacturers. Single or ongoing criminal background checks are available from the North Carolina Court System. Search the most comprehensive online site for North Carolina public records. Find information on all levels of municipality to look up services, records and programs within the state of North Carolina. Read about crime statistics, census data, state business statistics, employment and economic standings. See current news and crime reports. Solicit North Carolina public records like birth, court and criminal records. Explore current real estate data, property and land values. Uncover statistical information like vital records, North Carolina resident education and background history. This site is updated regularly to bring you the most up to date resources available.

North Carolina Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

North Carolina Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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Questions, Answers and Comments About North Carolina

  • Q: How do I find out about judgements in a criminal case in North Carolina?
    By Loy
    Sep 06, 2018
  • Q: Can police reports be requested by other than subpoena or discovery in North Carolina
    By Rudy
    Nov 25, 2017
    Reply:

    Police reports are generally considered public records with few exceptions. The process to request police can be seen on their individual department website. When the case is not sealed by a judge, and is available as they generally are, the court files may have the report or information of the report.

    By AdamWest
    Nov 25, 2017

  • Q: How can I find out all criminal records for a person
    By Deborah
    Oct 18, 2017
    Reply:

    Check with the criminal court's records, which are generally open to the public unless sealed. Depending on the county, criminal court records can be obtained or viewed online. The link above (North Carolina Court Records) will take you to North Carolina District and Superior Court Query criminal cases on calendar in case there were recent filings.

    By abc123
    Oct 18, 2017

  • Q: How can I obtain records listed for 1999 on myself but I don't know what these records are for? I have 2 case numbers coming up on a background search done by a potential employer.
    By Angela
    Oct 18, 2017
    Reply:

    The case numbers (not always) give some clues as to the type or where the case was filed. The North Carolina courts offer information about searches from their site. The clerks have contact information for any questions from the public. The North Carolina court system's website offers a background search for yourself or others, including business or agency purposes which employers may be using.

    By adam12
    Oct 18, 2017

  • Q: How can I find out if someone has a warrant for theier arrest
    By anonymous
    Sep 24, 2017
    Reply:

    Check with the county or local police department, they execute the warrants and some publish the warrant lists online.

    By abc123
    Sep 26, 2017

  • Q: I'm trying to find out about safety of a certain neighborhood
    By Joyce
    Sep 18, 2016
    Reply:

    I have used crime mapping sites several times in the past and continue to do so. Crime mapping sites are not all the same, some cover certain areas, while others don't. So, if you don't see a certain neighborhood using a crime mapping site, doesn't mean they're not covered, try other ones. You will also see crime mapping site links on many law enforcement agency websites. You will see incidents based on a street address or zip code.

    By abc123
    May 10, 2017

  • Q: How can I find out if there was a civil suit previously filed against the builder of my home?
    By Kelly
    Sep 03, 2016
    Reply:

    Try the court search above which can be expanded to all US states. Court records are public records, however, obtaining them is another issue. Public records do not need to be convenient, if certain records are easy to obtain from one county, they will not necessarily be as easy from another. You can also check business registrations to see the company's or parent company's status and standing.

    By ted
    May 10, 2017

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North Carolina Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

North Carolina Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Sarah Gravley
    Sarah Gravley, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/05/2018. Missing From Kings Mountain, Nc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Kings Mountain Police Department (north Carolina) 1-704-734-0444.
    September 18, 2018
  • Missing: Jy'quavion Daniels
    Jy'quavion Daniels, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/18/2018. Missing From Greenville, Nc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Pitt County Sheriff's Office (north Carolina) 1-252-830-4141.
    September 06, 2018
  • Missing: Dylan Gulledge
    Dylan Gulledge, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/24/2018. Missing From Kannapolis, Nc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Rowan County Sheriff's Office (north Carolina) 1-704-216-8500.
    September 04, 2018
  • Missing: Tytian Kaylor
    Tytian Kaylor, Age Now: 14, Missing: 08/27/2018. Missing From Hickory, Nc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Hickory Police Department (north Carolina) 1-828-328-5551.
    August 29, 2018
  • Missing: Jordan Heaton
    Jordan Heaton, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/14/2018. Missing From Winston Salem, Nc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Winston-salem Police Department (north Carolina) 1-336-773-7700.
    August 27, 2018
  • Missing: Aljuriah Miller
    Aljuriah Miller, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/21/2018. Missing From Statesville, Nc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Statesville Police Department (north Carolina) 1-704-878-3406.
    August 24, 2018

North Carolina Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

North Carolina Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

North Carolina Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/19/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    32,767
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    510
  • Rape:
    2,420
  • Robbery:
    8,416
  • Aggravated Assault:
    21,421
  • Total Property Crime:
    285,697
  • Burglary:
    79,373
  • Larceny Theft:
    192,694
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    13,630

North Carolina Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    9,535,483
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    8,046,406
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    19%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    1,486,170
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    8,049,313
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    664,837
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    2,277,967
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    13%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    1,192,025
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    6,528,950
  • State's black resident population
    2,048,628
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    122,110
  • State's Asian resident population
    208,962
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    6,604
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    206,199
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    800,120
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    6,223,995
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    69%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    22%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    8%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    65%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in North Carolina
  • Births
    131,037
  • Deaths
    76,046
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    1,112
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    83%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of North Carolina Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    7%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    10%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    83%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    26%
  • Total number of Veterans
    741,429
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in North Carolina
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    23 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    4,258,625
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    736,327
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    21%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    68%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $143,700
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    17%
  • Total number of households
    3,541,807
  • Average size of households
    2
  • North Carolina Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $24,547
  • 2009 statewide income of median households in North Carolina
    $43,754
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    16%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $305,022
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $33,735
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    4,544,622
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    483,858
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    11%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    5,460,841
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    535,923
  • People employed by the government
    828,784
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    230,856,187
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    42,275
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    225,158
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    629,728
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    16,126,939
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of North Carolina
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    798,966
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    11%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    3%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    28%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    205,867,299
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    88,795,885
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    114,578,173
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    12,641
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and North Carolina territory
  • 2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units
    33,800
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    5,030,331
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    8,474,671
  • Size in square miles of land
    48,711
  • Population per square mile
    196
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