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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
North Carolina Free Public Records Directory

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North Carolina Latest Crime Records (Updated 03/04/2024)
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North Carolina Census Data
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  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in North Carolina
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    Education and background history of North Carolina Residents
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  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

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  • North Carolina Employment Data

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