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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.
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  • Can police reports be requested other than subpoena or discovery in North Carolina?
    Police reports are generally considered public records with few exceptions. The process to request can be seen on their 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 clues as to the type or where the case was filed. The North Carolina courts offer information about searches from their site, and the clerks have contact information for any questions from the public. The North Carolina court system's website provides a background search for yourself or others, including business or agency purposes that employers may use. (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 below (North Carolina Court Records) will take you to North Carolina District and Superior Courts Query criminal cases on the calendar in case there were recent filings. (Staff)
  • How do I find arrest records in North Carolina if I don't know where someone was arrested?
    You can begin arrest news wires where you can see all recent arrests listed by date. Under "North Carolina Free Arrest Records" is a list of arrests, which can go further back in time by expanding the page (clicking on "more"). Arrest information is released by individual police/sheriff's departments along with news organizations. There's no guarantee that all arrests will appear from about any source. However, it is an open and free search worth checking and used by many. (Staff)
  • Where can I find my father's death certificate, land, property deeds, and wills in North Carolina?
    Suppose you call the Dept. of Vital Records for the state where your father passed away. U can also use the websites that provide you with marriages, family member names, current addresses, and past and present. Also will provide any pertinent information regarding deeds and a will. The death certificate request form can be found on the official NC website; you type in the name and other information, and the cost varies depending on how quickly you need the hard copy. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in North Carolina, marriage certificates?
    Marriage Certificates from 1962 can be requested from the NC Vital Records Department of health and human services. You can also get them from the register of deeds in the county where the marriage happened. If you're in Raleigh, you can walk in for same-day service. The certificate is twenty-four dollars and covers three years. You can see more about it on the request form online. The form also mentions checking whether you are requesting it for yourself or if you're the grandparent, parent/step-parent, spouse, brother/sister, child, or authorized agent, attorney, or legal representative of the person listed (you will need to show proof). (Staff)
  • Where do I find in North Carolina, information on traffic violations?
    A free North Carolina statewide citation/traffic violation search can be conducted by following this link: will arrive at the state court's home page, where links are on the right. Look for the court calendars link (the seventh one down from the top). The court calendars page will have another set of four links; click on Court Calendars, which will take you to the next page with the link: Citation Query by Defendant Name on the left side. Once you enter that link, you can search citations by name freely and instantly. If you don't put anything other than a letter, such as "S," you will see all the defendants with the last name starting with S; you do not need to know the full last name. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina if I have any outstanding arrest warrants?
    Go on the web and put in for NC criminal search. It is free when you click and find where you can put your name and address. The search is on the division of adult supervision's website, and the show absconders, which does not cover all warrants. If you remember where the warrant may be out, you can do a bit of searching on your own. Check the individual police department's website, and look for the records division; in some cases, especially with larger departments, there will be a warrants list. It is hard to say precisely as each PD is different; some have an online warrant list, others which don't, and will have instructions on how to look them up. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina if someone has been arrested for domestic violence?
    If they're not a conviction of DV, there are several ways to pull up someone's arrest record. If you google the person's name, it will pull up any newspaper or online stories regarding incidents that lead to that person's arrest; you can also pay for a background search with all information on any public record website. (Staff)
  • Where can I find birth records in North Carolina?
    North Carolina birth records from 1971 through the present can be requested through the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Birth records can be requested by submitting the appropriate form offered on their website under vital records. They also offer same-day service for providing records in person (at their Raleigh office) if you make an appointment. Otherwise, if you know the county where the birth occurred, they may have records that cover a longer period. (Staff)
  • How can I determine 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 to find out about the safety of a specific neighborhood in North Carolina?
    I have used crime mapping sites several times and continue to do so. Crime mapping sites are not all the same; some cover specific areas, while others don't. So, if you don't see a particular neighborhood using a crime mapping site, it doesn't mean they're not covered; try other ones. Crime mapping links on many law enforcement agency websites will also be seen, and you will see incidents based on a street address or zip code. (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 get 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)
  • Where can I find North Carolina criminal arrest and prosecution records?
    Arrests can be requested directly from the department which made the arrest. You can see people recently arrested by looking up inmate searches, either the North Carolina Department Of Public Safety. Offender Public Information or more local searches that offer inmate population searches. (Staff)
  • Where can I read precedent case results in North Carolina, regarding the distribution of trust assets, following the termination of a trust?
    That's a matter of legal research, not an issue about finding public records. North Carolina's laws/statutes are online and open to the public; start by looking up North Carolina General Statutes. (Staff)
  • How do I look up a professional license in North Carolina?
    By license, if you mean professional license checks, they can be conducted individually (such as counselors, it's the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors). You will need to look up records individually, there's no free site where you can enter a name, and everything shows up for free. You will need to dig them up and, in some instances, pay a fee that may come from any government records division. (Staff)
  • How do I find my in North Carolina, my grandparents, if my mom was born Bessie Lee Norwood in 1949 and passed away in 2013?
    Wouldn't this type of information be archived? The records you're looking for will need to go back many years. Archived records of the deceased are not under the same public records laws. States that do not allow open general public access to vital records (marriage, death, birth, divorce...); however, records that are over fifty years old or of the deceased are available to anyone. Have you tried ancestry searches or archives? (Staff)
  • Where do I find in North Carolina a case involving a stolen TV in 2014?
    If you know the case number or defendant's name, the best place to start is the nonemergency number for the police department in which city you live. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in North Carolina if I have the defendant's name but cannot locate the charges, as they were dismissed in 2007 after a plea arrangement?
    Have you tried can search the courts and see where the records may be. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina if someone has been arrested within the past week?
    If the event you're looking for is current, try the official city webpage press releases. Also, anywhere you can find press releases within that city since it's not a big community, and it would be a big story. (Staff)
  • Where can I find information about my father's estate being closed in North Carolina?
    Contact the Clerk of Court's office and ask for the Estate Division in the county where your father's estate was filed. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina if charges have been filed against me?
    Contact your local magistrate's office and ask for any outstanding processes that might be against you. (Staff)
  • Where can I find access to and a copy of marriage records in North Carolina?
    At the Register of Deeds offices. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina the length of the time in jail for a failure to appear?
    It depends on the judge...could be no time could be six months...also depends on the charge. The FTA was issued for. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina when a court case is coming up on a friend of mine?
    Many courts have an online updated calendar of upcoming cases separately for civil and criminal by case number or name. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina if the Sheriff's office can give arrest warrant information over the phone?
    They used to, but they changed that three years ago, so currently, no. (May vary from county to county) (Staff)
  • Where can I request records of shoplifting arrests or convictions in North Carolina?
    Whether shoplifting or any other crime, there's a difference between an arrest (which can be incriminating the innocent) or a conviction. Conviction of the charges can be viewed with a background check or a court record search. If you know the venue, court records can give much more information. Often called attorney service, private court services can go to the courthouse search in person. Their fees are not very high, but you will need to know which court. If the crime was recent, you could go directly to the jail division of the arresting department. They will sometimes show the arrestee's photo/mug shot. The state police do a background check for all of North Carolina if you do not know where the shoplifting arrest or conviction happened. (Staff)
  • Where can I find a copy of my marriage license in North Carolina?
    Contact the Register of Deeds office in the county you were married in. (Staff)
  • Where can I look up the entire state of North Carolina's inmates?
    The state of North Carolina Department Of Public Safety has an open public inmate search of all counties. The fields where the names are do not have to be filled. In addition to offender searches, you can search for escapees, captures, absconders and releases. The URL to these sites change from time to time; search for 'North Carolina Department Of Public Safety Inmate Search.' (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina who owns an abandoned house?
    North Carolina's register of deeds is the one in charge of property records. These are county departments that record, maintain and provide copies of deeds. Not all counties offer the same online services for requesting records. However, they all have the same responsibilities, and these records are deemed public by state statute. The ease of online access is not guaranteed, nor are any fees associated with obtaining the record as long as it is not cost-prohibitive. Each county has a site where the recorders' clerks can be contacted. These are official records. Reverse address searches from private entities may only provide a name, but still helpful as you will obtain a name for cross reference and see if the tenants were also owners. You can also contact the county's tax department where the property is located. (Staff)
  • Where can I find, in North Carolina, access to public arrest records?
    Persons arrested will often appear on the county sheriff's jail roster, current detainee list, inmate locator, and under other similar terms. (Staff)
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