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About North Carolina Open Public Record

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.
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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.

Ask Questions, About North Carolina

  • Can police reports be requested by other than subpoena or discovery in North Carolina?
    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. (Staff)
  • How can I obtain records in North Carolina, listed for myself on a particular year if I only have case numbers but don't know what these records are for?
    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. (Staff)
  • How can I find out all criminal records for a person in North Carolina?
    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. (Staff)
  • How can I find out if someone has a warrant for their arrest in North Carolina?
    Check with the county or local police department, they execute the warrants and some publish the warrant lists online. (Staff)
  • How can I find out in North Carolina, if there was a civil suit previously filed against the builder of a home?
    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. (Staff)