North Carolina Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)

North Carolina Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)
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  • 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 to find out about the safety of a certain neighborhood in North Carolina?
    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. (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)
  • 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 pertaining to finding public records. North Carolina's laws/statutes are online and open to the public, start with looking up North Carolina General Statutes (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/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. (Staff)
  • How do I look up a professional license in North Carolina?
    By license, if you mean a 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 simply enter a name and everything shows up for free. You will need to dig them up, and in certain cases pay a fee which may come from any government records division. (Staff)
  • How do I find 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, or 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 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in North Carolina, a case involving a stolen TV in 2014?
    If you know the case number or defendants name, the best place to start is the non emergency number for the police department in which city you live in. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in North Carolina, marriage certificates?
    Marriage Certificates from 1962 to present can be requested from 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 a three year period. You can see more about it on the request form online. The form also mentions to check 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?
    There is a free North Carolina statewide citation/traffic violation search that can be conducted by following this link will arrive at the state court's home page where you will find a set of links 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, and that will take you to the next page with the link: Citation Query by Defendant Name, on the left side of the page. Once you enter that link, you will be able to search citations by name freely and instantly. If you don't put anything other than a letter, such as "S" for example, you will see all the defendants with the last name starting with S, you do not need to know the entire last name. (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 of it may be. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina, criminals arrest and prosecution records?
    Arrests can be requested directly from the department which made the arrest. You can see people which have been 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 find in North Carolina, information about my father's estate being closed?
    Contact the Clerk of Court's office and ask for the Estate Division in the county in which your father's estate was filed. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina, if charges have been filed against me?
    Contact your local magistrates office and ask for any outstanding processes that might be against you. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina, access to and a copy of marriage records?
    At the Register of Deeds offices. (Staff)
  • Where can I find a copy of my marriage license in North Carolina?
    Contact the Register of Deeds office in the county that you were married in. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina, who owns an abandoned house?
    North Carolina register of deeds are the ones 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 pertaining to 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 tax department in the county in which the property is located. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina, if I have any outstanding arrest warrants?
    Go on web put in for NC criminal search when you do click and find where you can put your name and address it pops right up free. The search is on the division of adult supervision's website. 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, look for the records division, in some cases, specially with larger departments, there will be a warrants list. It's hard to say precisely as each PD is different, some have an online warrant list, other which don't, will have instructions on how to look them up. (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 at once. The fields where the names are do not have to be completely 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, simply search for 'North Carolina Department Of Public Safety Inmate Search'. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina, the length of the time in jail for a failure to appear?
    Depends on the judge...could be no time could be 6 months...also depends on the charge The fta was issued for (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 @ 3 years ago, so currently, no. (May vary county to county) (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Carolina, when the 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 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. (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. Court records, if you know the venue, can give a lot more information. Private court services, often called attorney service, can go to the court house search in person. They're fees are not very high, but you will need to know which court. If the crime was recent, you can go directly to the jail division of the arresting department. They will sometimes show the arrestee's photo/mug shot. The state police does a background check for all of North Carolina if you do not know where the shoplifting arrest of conviction happened. (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 in North Carolina, access to public arrest records?
    Persons that have been arrested will many times show up on the county sheriff's jail roster, current detainee list, inmate locator and under other similar terms. (Staff)