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About North Dakota Open Public Record

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.
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North Dakota Free Public Records Directory


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

North Dakota Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About North Dakota

  • Where can I find in North Dakota, access to a business?
    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. (Staff)
  • Can the public get arrest records from the North Dakota Attorney General's criminal record check?
    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. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in North Dakota, access to the results of a will that went through probate?
    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. (Staff)