North Carolina Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)

North Carolina Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 who 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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 in.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Where can I find in North Carolina, access to and a copy of marriage records?
    At the Register of Deeds offices.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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'.
  • 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.
  • 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.