North Carolina Public Records
In North Carolina, public records are considered papers, documents, letters, books, maps, photographs, films, sound recordings, electronic records, artifacts, or other documentary material, produced in the course of public business by any North Carolina government agency.
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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|Bill Inquiry |
Search the North Carolina General Assembly for bills and statutes.
|Company Search |
Search the North Carolina Secretary of State records for corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and limited liability partnerships by business name.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search Systems Premium combined North Carolina criminal record database including: court records of statewide misdemeanor, felony, misdemeanor, and traffic filings from all counties; Department of Corrections current and past inmate records; registered offenders; and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians offender registry.
|Inmates | Releases |
Search North Carolina Department of Corrections records for inmate releases by name or by county, year, and month.
|Judicial Directory |
Search for Judicial employees in North Carolina by name, job function, and/or county.
|Missing Persons |
North Carolina Community United Effort (CUE) list of North Carolina missing persons.
|Tax Liens |
Federal Tax Liens filed at the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office. Search by name or by lien serial number.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search by name for unclaimed property in North Carolina. Also available are claim forms and instructions for making a claim.
Search for voter registration statewide in North Carolina by name and county.
More Public Records
North Carolina State Bar membership directory. Search for attorneys by name, city, or state.
|Attorneys | Discipline |
Search the North Carolina State Bar attorney disciplinary orders database by name and keywords.
|Available Buildings |
Search this database of available North Carolina buildings by building name, square footage, region, county and/or physical details to view features, specifications, construction, facilities, utilities, access or contacts.
|Available Sites |
Search this database of available North Carolina sites by site name, region, county, acreage, certification and/or other criteria to view usage, price, terms, access, map, utilities and contacts.
|Campaign Finance Reports |
Search this database of North Carolina campaign finance reports by name to see scanned campaign finance reports for any committee that has submitted reports in hard copy in Adobe Acrobat format.
|Child Care Facilities |
Search the North Carolina Division of Child Development database for child care facilities by license number, facility name, city, county, zip code, type of facility, permit type, age, and/or availability of subsidized child care.
|Corporate Reports |
Search the North Carolina Secretary of State Online Annual Report Editor by business entity name or profile ID number.
|Court Clerks |
Search by County Name for Court Contacts in North Carolina. Provides Court name, address, phone, and fax number.
|Court of Appeals | U.S. Fourth Circuit - PACER |
Search the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) database for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals by case number or keyword to view the courts online case and docket information. Covers: Maryland, North & South Carolina, Virgina, and West VA.
|Court of Appeals | U.S. Fourth Circuit Records Pay Site|
Search the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals PACER database and obtain document copies. Access requires PACER registration and a small fee per search. Covers North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina.
|Criminal Background Checks (Information) |
Information from the North Carolina Department of Justice on how to do a background check on yourself, on others, or how to obtain a criminal history from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
|Criminal Record Combined Search Pay Site|
Use our Premium service to do a combined search of records in North Carolina that includes: Department of Corrections inmate records of current and released inmates; registered offenders; and 35 million court records of felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic filings. Immediate results. $9.95 per search.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in North Carolina for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in North Carolina instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Land Records |
Search the North Carolina Secretary of State Land Records for annexation or charter amendments by municipality and/or effective date or adopted date.
|Licenses | Professional, Medical, and Business |
Search free North Carolina license verification databases, including physicians, real estate brokers, nurses, family therapists, cosmetologists, contractors, appraisers, beauticians, CPAs, check cashers, and many more.
Search for Lobbyists in North Carolina.
|Marriages 1759-1979 |
Search over 2.1 million North Carolina marriage records filed between 1759 and 1979.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in North Carolina to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Protective Orders |
Search for North Carolina protective orders by case number and respondent name and county of issuance.
|Public Notices |
Search this MyPublicNotices.com database of North Carolina public notices by category, keyword and/or newspaper.
|Restaurant Ratings |
Use this WRAL News service database to search for restaurant ratings in North Carolina counties.
Search for North Carolina shipwrecks by map or by text search.
Browse the Statutes of the North Carolina General Assembly or search by keyword.
|Tax Debtors |
Browse this North Carolina Department of Revenue list by name for Delinquent Taxpayers.
|Traffic Stop Reports |
Use this North Carolina Bureau of Investigation service to search for traffic report stop reports by agency name, date, and/or report name.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Search Department of the Secretary of State for North Carolina Uniform Commercial Code filings filing number or name. Allows for both standard (exact name) and non-standard RA9 searches.
|Victim Assistance & Notification |
Click on "Search for Offender" to use this Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification service from North Carolina to check the custody status of offenders by name.
|Worker Compensation |
North Carolina Worker Compensation Search System. Find out: an employer business address; if your employer has or had coverage; the address of an insurance carrier; or the coverage details or dates by policy number.