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The right of the public to have access to North Dakota state government records and information is guaranteed by the North Dakota Open Records Law. To assist the public with a better understanding of this law, a Citizen's Guide to North Dakota's Open Meetings and Records Law has been posted on the North Dakota Attorney General's website. The information detailed in this guide describes what public records are considered to be, and how and where to request public records. The Attorney General's website also contains specific contact information for assistance in obtaining open records. North Dakota was granted statehood on November 2, 1889. The state population is 672,591, making it the third least populous state in the union. Fargo is the city with the largest population, but the state capital is in Bismarck. While there are a large number of American Indians who call North Dakota home, they represent only 5% of the almost all white population. There are 53 counties, 159 cities, and various unincorporated communities. Agriculture is North Dakota's largest industry. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is the state's central repository of criminal history information; however, requests for criminal background checks should be made through the Attorney General's office. Search North Dakota public records with the most up to date resources available online. Link to all levels of North Dakota government and their sites with services which provide public information. Find information about current economy, vital statistics, current news and crime reports. Look up census data, business and economy facts for the state of North Dakota. See property values, current real estate data and land valuations along with how to pay property taxes within each county's link. Learn about the people, education, income and resident background information. Solicit crime records from law enforcement, birth and court records. Access everything you need to find comprehensive, accurate public records on this site. New North Dakota sources are added on a regular basis for the best and most current services.

North Dakota Free Public Records Directory

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North Dakota Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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Questions, Answers and Comments About North Dakota

  • Q: Where do I find a business registered in nd
    By cherry
    Aug 19, 2013
    Reply:

    The North Dakota Secretary of State has a free business search. Also shows companies which have been inactive for a year or less. You can search the database by the entity's name or owner's name. These are records/information of businesses that are registered with this department, other permits or licensing are not part of the search results.

    By adm
    May 23, 2016

  • Q: Can the public get arrest records from the North Dakota Attorney General's criminal record check?
    By ellen
    Feb 04, 2015
    Reply:

    Depends on whether you are planning on turning in fingerprints. Otherwise, you will get a name based search, which can include people which share the same name. Certain employers ask for a fingerprint based search as a pre-hire requirement.

    By adm
    Mar 15, 2016

  • Q: How do I find results of will that went through probate
    By Dee
    Aug 18, 2015
    Reply:

    In probate, wills are generally part of the court record and available to the public, similar to other court files, except, you may need to request it from a separate probate clerk. While the person is still alive, wills are not public record, they are considered private. Each jurisdiction has their own process which can differ from one to another. The North Dakota Supreme court offers a public webpage which summarizes ND's probate process and familiarity with the administration of an estate.

    By adm
    Aug 18, 2015

  • Q: How can I find out if the mother of my child changed his last name
    By cory
    Aug 10, 2015
  • Q: Adoption records open for original records.
    By James
    Aug 03, 2015
  • Q: How do I find marriage records
    By anonymous
    Jul 31, 2015
  • Q: Land sale records
    By blogger
    Aug 08, 2013
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North Dakota Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Talia Taylor
    Talia Taylor, Age Now: 13, Missing: 06/05/2018. Missing From Bismarck, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Bismarck Police Department (north Dakota) 1-701-223-1212.
    June 14, 2018
  • Missing: Matthew Welty
    Matthew Welty, Age Now: 16, Missing: 02/16/2018. Missing From Dickinson, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Dickinson Police Department (north Dakota) 1-701-456-7759.
    March 05, 2018
  • Missing: Nolan Mcfarland
    Nolan Mcfarland, Age Now: 17, Missing: 02/13/2018. Missing From West Fargo, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: West Fargo Police Department (north Dakota) 1-701-433-5500.
    February 19, 2018
  • Missing: Nokomis Poitra
    Nokomis Poitra, Age Now: 17, Missing: 02/03/2018. Missing From Williston, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Williams County Sheriff's Office (north Dakota) 1-701-577-7700.
    February 07, 2018
  • Missing: Brooke Demery
    Brooke Demery, Age Now: 13, Missing: 12/24/2017. Missing From Devils Lake, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Ramsey County SheriffÂ’s Office (north Dakota) 1-701-662-0708.
    December 27, 2017
  • Missing: Robert Casarez
    Robert Casarez, Age Now: 15, Missing: 11/03/2017. Missing From Williston, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Williston Police Department (north Dakota) 1-701-577-1212.
    November 17, 2017

North Dakota Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/19/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    1,960
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    22
  • Rape:
    358
  • Robbery:
    173
  • Aggravated Assault:
    1,407
  • Total Property Crime:
    15,605
  • Burglary:
    2,707
  • Larceny Theft:
    11,384
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,514

North Dakota Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    672,591
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    642,195
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    5%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    30,391
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    642,200
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    43,401
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    143,971
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    22%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    15%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    94,870
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    50%
  • State's white resident population
    605,449
  • State's black resident population
    7,960
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    36,591
  • State's Asian resident population
    6,909
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    320
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    11,853
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    13,467
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    598,007
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    90%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    5%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • 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
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    89%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in North Dakota
  • Births
    8,840
  • Deaths
    5,561
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    66
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    82%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of North Dakota Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    2%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    5%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    89%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    26%
  • Total number of Veterans
    55,458
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in North Dakota
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    16 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    316,435
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    26,758
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    9%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    66%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $104,300
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    26%
  • Total number of households
    273,035
  • Average size of households
    2
  • North Dakota 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
    $24,978
  • 2009 statewide income of median households in North Dakota
    $47,898
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    12%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $23,017
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $36,082
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    364,970
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    15,872
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    4%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    487,337
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    39,957
  • People employed by the government
    81,218
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    18,728,543
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    38,430
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    21,558
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    46,052
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    1,214,201
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of North Dakota
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    61,554
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    25%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    11,349,799
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    13,099,348
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    10,527,300
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    16,495
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and North Dakota territory
  • 2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units
    3,195
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    352,449
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    39,674,586
  • Size in square miles of land
    68,976
  • Population per square mile
    10
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