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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 do I find a business registered in ND?
    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)
  • How do I find results of 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)

North Dakota Missing Children


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

  • Missing: Alexius Collins
    Alexius Collins, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/26/2020. Missing From Garrison, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Bismarck Police Department (north Dakota) 1-701-223-1212.
    September 06, 2020
  • Missing: Sophia Whiteowl
    Sophia Whiteowl, Age Now: 16, Missing: 07/27/2020. Missing From Dickinson, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Dickinson Police Department (north Dakota) 1-(701) 456-7759.
    August 14, 2020
  • Missing: Mikal Summers
    Mikal Summers, Age Now: 17, Missing: 07/02/2020. Missing From Grand Forks, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Grand Forks Police Department (north Dakota) 1-701-787-8000.
    July 10, 2020
  • Missing: Barbara Cotton
    Barbara Cotton, Age Now: 54, Missing: 04/11/1981. Missing From Williston, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Williston Police Department (north Dakota) - Missing Persons Unit - 1-701-577-1212.
    April 01, 2020
  • Missing: Robert Vaccaro
    Robert Vaccaro, Age Now: 16, Missing: 12/23/2019. Missing From Grand Forks, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Grand Forks Police Department (north Dakota) 1-701-787-8000.
    December 27, 2019
  • Missing: Jasmin Metcalf
    Jasmin Metcalf, Age Now: 16, Missing: 11/25/2019. Missing From Emerado, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office (north Dakota) 1-701-780-8280.
    December 03, 2019

North Dakota Recent Criminal Activity Reports


Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

North Dakota Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/29/2020)

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North Dakota American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 09/29/2020)

  • North Dakota's demographic and housing ACS survey of 704,925 being 0.22 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 50.9% males and 49.1% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The North Dakota social characteristics data of 292,616 households, which make up 0.25 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 178,003 families with and without children. There are 177,759 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The North Dakota American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 563,755 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 0.23 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 392,185 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • North Dakota housing characteristics are collected from 332,010 dwellings making up 0.25 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 292,616 or uninhabited 39,394 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 292,616 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

North Dakota Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in North Dakota
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of North Dakota Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • 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
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • 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
  • Statewide income of median households in North Dakota
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of North Dakota
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and North Dakota territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile