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The public records you'll find here are the ones found in online databases that are most popular among researchers.  Below you'll find statewide North Carolina databases listed in alphabetical order.  If you'd prefer to view them ranked by order of popularity, click on the "Popularity" link. More databases found at the state or county levels can be accessed via the side navigation.

  • Court System  The North Carolina court system has four levels. First are District Courts, which handle civil cases to $10,000, divorces, child custody, juvenile matters, misdemeanors & infractions. District Court Magistrates are responsible for minor misdemeanors & traffic violations. At the second level are Superior Courts, which handle felony cases, civil cases over $10,000, and misdemeanor & infraction cases appealed from District Court. At the third level is the Court of Appeals, which handles appeals from lower courts. At the fourth level is the North Carolina Supreme Court, which reviews death penalty convictions, Utilities Commission cases, and other opinions from lower courts.  North Carolina Court Records
  • Criminal Records  Misdemeanors, infractions, and criminal cases involving juveniles are handled by the District Courts. Felonies are handled by the Superior Courts. How to obtain a criminal record or histories in North Carolina is dependent on if the search is on yourself or someone else and whether or not a certified copy is needed.  For more details about ordering criminal record searches from North Carolina, and for available criminal databases, go to our North Carolina Criminal Records page.
  • Vital Records  Birth, death, marriage & divorce certificates are provided by: North Carolina Vital Records, 1903 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1903, (919) 733-3526. Visit our Vital Records page for statewide historical birth indexes, birth records from available counties; the Social Security Death Index, historical statewide death & burial databases; death records, cemetery indexes & obituaries from available cities & counties; historical statewide marriages, marriage databases from available counties; and links to services that provide divorce certificate copies.


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