The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) handles public records requests. They have a form on the North Carolina Judicial Branch for submitting requests. They provide the following disclaimer however regarding records they can provide:
"The NCAOC is not the custodian of court documents, case information, or marriage and birth certificates. NCAOC will not fulfill requests for these records.
Public records in North Carolina are created, stored, and maintained by various government agencies. Almost every branch of government, law enforcement, and division within the state has government records that are open to the public. If you cannot retrieve them through the NCAOC, you may visit the office in person to request records.
"Public record or public records shall mean all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, films, sound recordings, magnetic or other tapes, electronic data-processing records, artifacts, or other documentary material, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance in connection with the transaction of public business by any agency of North Carolina government or its subdivisions.
The public records and public information compiled by the agencies of North Carolina government or its subdivisions are the property of the people. Therefore, it is the policy of this State that the people may obtain copies of their public records and public information free or at minimal cost unless otherwise specifically provided by law. As used herein, "minimal cost" shall mean the actual cost of reproducing the public record or public information."
State Archives of North Carolina is the government agency in charge of historical public records. They preserve all different types of historical records like maps, military collections, newspapers, vital records, oral histories, government and organizational records, veteran's resources, and private collections.
The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) handles public records requests. They have a web page on the North Carolina Judicial Branch website where you can fill out an online form to request records. Basically, you need to:
Government offices have no specific timeframe they have to comply, but the law states it should be "without delay."
In North Carolina, criminal records requests are handled by the Clerk of Superior Court Office. You may get a criminal background check for yourself or someone else easily. Their website has a copy of the form you need to fill out. You can then take it to the courthouse and pay the $25 fee to obtain the criminal records. If you only need a background check for yourself, another option is to contact the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Statewide Background Check.
Some common types of criminal records in North Carolina include (but are not limited to):
Court records in North Carolina are maintained by each individual courthouse in the state. They have handy; self-service terminals located at the clerk's office of each courthouse. You can use them to pull up court records for any public case. Any information that is confidential will be redacted from the files. You can request paper copies also but may have to pay a fee.
Some types of court records in North Carolina include:
The North Carolina court system consists of four levels starting with the Supreme Court, then the Court of Appeals, Superior Court, and then finally District Court.
North Carolina arrest records may be found by contacting local police or through the self-service court system for public records. You may also obtain North Carolina arrest records through the Clerk of Superior Court Office who handles background and criminal checks for the state.
Some different types of arrests records in North Carolina are:
North Carolina's Public Health Department is the government agency tasked with preserving all vital records for the state. They keep the following records on hand so you can obtain copies:
You may request certified copies in person, online, or through the mail.
Along with criminal, court, arrest, and vital records, other types of public records you can find in the state of North Carolina include, but are not limited to:
In North Carolina, some government records or portions of records are not publicly accessible. Some examples from the North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 132 are:
"(a) Confidential Communications. - Public records, as defined in G.S. 132-1 , shall not include written communications (and copies thereof) to any public board, council, commission or other governmental body of the State or of any county, municipality or other political subdivision or unit of government, made within the scope of the attorney-client relationship by any attorney-at-law serving any such governmental body, concerning any claim against or on behalf of the governmental body or the governmental entity for which such body acts, or concerning the prosecution, defense, settlement or litigation of any judicial action, or any administrative or other type of proceeding to which the governmental body is a party or by which it is or may be directly affected.
(b) State and Local Tax Information. - Tax information may not be disclosed except as provided in G.S. 105-259.
(c) Public Enterprise Billing Information. - Billing information compiled and maintained by a city or county or other public entity providing utility services in connection with the ownership or operation of a public enterprise, excluding airports, is not a public record as defined in G.S. 132-1.
(d) Address Confidentiality Program Information. - The actual address and telephone number of a program participant in the Address Confidentiality Program established under Chapter 15C of the General Statutes is not a public record within the meaning of Chapter 132.
(e) Controlled Substances Reporting System Information. — Information compiled or maintained in the Controlled Substances Reporting System established under Article 5E of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes is not a public record as defined in G.S. 132-1.
(f) Personally Identifiable Admissions Information.—Records maintained by The University of North Carolina or any constituent institution, or by the Community Colleges System Office or any community college, which contain personally identifiable information from or about an applicant for admission to one or more constituent institutions or to one or more community colleges shall be confidential and shall not be subject to public disclosure pursuant to G.S. 132-6(a).
(g) Public Agency Proprietary Computer Code.—Proprietary computer code written by and for use by an agency of North Carolina government or its subdivisions is not a public record as defined in G.S. 132-1.
(h) Employment Security Information.—Confidential information obtained, compiled, or maintained by the Division of Employment Security may not be disclosed except as provided in G.S. 96-4. As used in this subsection, the term "confidential information" has the same meaning as in G.S. 96-4(x)."