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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. Criminal court records can be obtained or viewed online, depending on the county. 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/sheriffs departments along with news organizations. There's no guarantee as to all arrests will show up from just about any source, however, it is an open and free search worth checking and used by many.
  • Where can I find in North Carolina, the death certificate, land, property deeds, and wills for my father?
    If u call the Dept. of Vital Records for the state in which ur father passed away in. U can also use the websites that provide u with marriages, family member names, current address past and present. Also will provide any pertinate information regarding deeds and a will. The death certificate request form can be found on the official NC website, u type in the name and other information, the cost varies depending on how quickly u need the hard copy.
  • Where do I find in North Carolina, marriage certificates?
    Marriage Certificates from 1962 to the present 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: https://www.nccourts.gov/You 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.
  • 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. When you click and find where you can put your name and address, it is free. 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 of, 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.
  • Where can I find in North Carolina, if someone has been arrested for domestic violence?
    If there not a conviction on DV then there are several ways to pull up someone arrest record tho. If u google the persons name,, it will pull up any newspaper or online stories regarding incidents that lead to that persons arrest, u can also pay for a background search with all information on any public record website.
  • 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 a birth occurred in they may have records on hand that cover a longer period of time.
North Carolina Free Public Records Directory

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

North Carolina Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    38,995
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    632
  • Rape:
    3,247
  • Robbery:
    7,599
  • Aggravated Assault:
    27,517
  • Total Property Crime:
    247,236
  • Burglary:
    54,447
  • Larceny Theft:
    174,728
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    18,061
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
  • 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
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