North Carolina Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
InfoTracer does not compile background information for employment purposes and is not a “consumer reporting agency” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). The reports InfoTracer provides are not "consumer reports" under the FCRA because they are not used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for personal credit or insurance, employment, housing, a government license or benefit, or for any other permissible purpose under the FCRA.

How To Get a North Carolina Background Check Report

How To Get a North Carolina Background Check Report

The State Bureau of Investigation is the government agency in charge of collecting and keeping all criminal records. However, North Carolina is a closed record state, and therefore individuals cannot obtain a copy of someone else’s criminal record without their consent. Employers and licensing authorities with the “statutory authority to access that information or pursuant to a judicial order or subpoena,” are the only ones who can request background check requests.
However court records are public record and individuals and companies can request a criminal background report by visiting the county courthouse, filling out a form and paying a small fee of $25. There is no state-wide search; therefore, the records will be local to that court’s jurisdiction. The state also allows the use of unofficial background checks but does not verify the accuracy of the information. 
Individuals can get copies of their own state-wide criminal background check with a copy of their fingerprints. 

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

Individuals and companies can sign up for registered accounts to access the court records system online, the same way they would access a terminal in the courthouse. The fees for this service are quite steep. The information available covers both criminal and civil cases and some of what is available in real-time is: criminal records (pending cases and prior convictions), infractions, tax liens, evictions, judgments.
Criminal records will cover things like arrests, convictions, traffic violations, court dispositions, incarcerations, parole, and probation information.

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

In NC due to the strict laws, the most common reasons for a background check would be employment or licensing. 
Unofficial background reports sourced from public and private sources, however, can be used to find someone’s address, locate a long-lost friend or relative, before dating, before going into business with someone and checking out potential roommates. Some of the information these public background checks will show are: 

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests and Warrants
  • Bankruptcy Filings          
  • Legal Judgments
  • Liens 

  • Birth Records

  • Marriages and Divorces 

  • Property Records

  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership

  • Current and Past Addresses

  • Phone and Email Address

  • Professional Licenses

  • Relatives and Associates

  • Social Media Accounts and More

NC Criminal Background Checks

The state highly regulates how government agencies can use criminal histories when licensing individuals and only those with “statutory authority to access that information” will be allowed to do so. NC is a closed record state so no one can get a copy of anyone’s background check without their consent first. 

Gun Background Check

The state is a partial point of sale for gun dealers and with the sale of handguns must contact the local sheriff’s office to confirm the buyer has a concealed carry permit or a license to purchase guns in the state. If the purchase is for a long gun, the gun dealers must comply with federal law and contact the FBI to use NICS for a background check before selling. NC has completed more than 478,888 background checks in the state for the purpose of selling guns. Of those, only 15,565 were for handguns, 123,322 were for long guns, and 282,143 were for licensing and permits

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 529,916 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than North Carolina

State # of conducted handgun checks
Virginia 253,744
Colorado 216,617
Michigan 123,070
Arkansas 66,321
Massachusetts 53,039

States With More Long Gun Checks than North Carolina

State # of conducted long gun checks
California 395,145
Ohio 218,183
Missouri 194,982
Tennessee 192,522
Virginia 192,279

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

North Carolina values the privacy of individuals and therefore does not allow the general public access to criminal information except through the public records court system. In regard to licensing, the state is quite strict on how a criminal record may be used. When assessing an applicant, the licensing agency must consider: 

  • The level and seriousness of the crime
  • When the crime occurred
  • The applicant's age when the crime was committed
  • The circumstances of the crime
  • The relationship between the offense and the profession or occupation the applicant seeks to practice
  • Prison, parole, rehabilitation, and employment records since the crime
  • Any subsequent criminal activity, and
  • Any affidavits or other written documents, including character references.

Employment Protection

According to North Carolina law, employers are prohibited from asking about expunged or sealed records. Other than that, employers can use criminal background check information in their hiring process. However, employers are still subject to federal laws and must comply with both The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 411 victims of online romance scams in North Carolina, resulting in $3.3 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 205 238,951
20 - 29 912 928,923
30 - 39 955 1,946,573
40 - 49 1,024 3,519,795
50 - 59 963 5,206,442
Over 60 1,539 6,495,224
InfoTracer does not compile background information for employment purposes and is not a “consumer reporting agency” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). The reports InfoTracer provides are not "consumer reports" under the FCRA because they are not used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for personal credit or insurance, employment, housing, a government license or benefit, or for any other permissible purpose under the FCRA.