North Dakota Public Records
The North Dakota Open Records Statute, found in the state code, section 44-04-18, guarantees access for the general public to public records of government agencies in the state. Restrictions apply to records such as juvenile records, workers compensation files, unemployment records, trade secrets, law enforcement open investigation records, etc.
Below are alphabetically sorted resources for the most common and useful records found statewide. Click on a menu item at the left to search other North Dakota records found on other pages of our site.
- Court System - In 1995 the county courts were merged with the district courts for all of North Dakota. As such the district courts maintain all county court information. There are 53 district courts and 76 municipal courts. The ND State Court service will allow a search of district court cases and a limited number of municipal courts, but not all districts contribute records. North Dakota Court Records
- Criminal Records - Felony, misdemeanor, DUI, and juvenile cases are handled at the district court level. Some DUI/DWI cases are handled at the municipal court level. If you would like a full statewide criminal history search of records filed since 1930, you may contact the Attorney General, but you need to have consent from the person being searched. An alternative is to use the State Court service that will allow a search of limited district court cases and a limited number of municipal courts. For more information and links to available databases online, visit our North Dakota Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – Available from: North Dakota Division of Vital Records, State Capitol, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Department 301, Bismarck, ND 58505, (701) 328-3260, (701) 328-1850 fax. Visit our Vital Records page to access the ND Department of Health Public Death Index, the Social Security Death Index for North Dakota, obituaries, and county deaths; two small local marriage databases; the ND State Court database for divorce cases. We have not yet found a free online birth record database for the state. If you find one, please let us know and we will add it. Our vital records page also has information on ordering birth certificates.
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|Child Support Payments |
Search this database of child support payments in North Dakota by SSN to access payment information. You must be a registered user.
|Company & Trademark Search |
ND Secretary of State database of North Dakota corporations, LLCs, LPs, LLPs, LLLPs, fictitious business names, real estate investment trusts, and trademarks.
|Court Records |
North Dakota State Court service. Search by name, citation number, or case number for North Dakota District Court criminal, traffic, and civil case information.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search Systems Premium combined database of North Dakota statewide criminal records. Includes statewide felony and misdemeanor dispositions, Department of Corrections inmate records, and registered offenders.
|State Facts (History) |
This site contains such information as state symbols, natural & historic highlights of state to aspects of local government, etc.
|Surplus Property |
Browse this North Dakota Office of Management & Budget Division of State Surplus Property for a complete listing of Surplus Property inventory.
|Unclaimed Property |
North Dakota Department of Trust Lands is responsible for maintaining the unclaimed property database. Search by individual or business name, city, or zip code.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Register with the North Dakota Secretary of State Direct Access Central Indexing systems and download their software to search for North Dakota Uniform Commercial Code Filings (UCCs).
Browse this North Dakota government listing by name for North Dakota Government Agencies.
Browse this interactive map form the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission for North Dakota airports.
|Boat Registration |
Search this North Dakota Game and Fish service for Watercraft Safety Boat Registration in North Dakota by last name and birth date.
|Census 1885 |
Search this North Dakota State University database for 1885 Dakota Territory Census records by name, nativity, and/or county.
|Court Calendars |
Use this North Dakota State Court service to search by county and date for civil, criminal, and traffic district court hearings.
|Criminal Histories (info) |
Information on how to obtain criminal records in North Dakota from the North Dakota Attorney General's office.
North Dakota Department of Health Public Death Index.
|Drivers License Status |
Use this North Dakota Department of Transportation service to search by license number for the status of a North Dakota drivers license.
|Election Results |
Find out the North Dakota election results from primary and general elections.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in North Dakota 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 Dakota instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Job Vacancies |
Search the job vacancies in ND State Government. Gives the qualifications needed, job descriptions, salary, and application procedures.
Click on "Bill Status" in the left-hand column of this North Dakota Legislature site to search for current North Dakota legislation.
|Library Catalog |
Search the Online Dakota Information Network library catalog.
|Licenses | Professional, Medical, Business |
Search for and verify North Dakota professional and business licenses using these free services. Includes attorneys, CPAs, physicians, real estate agents, consumer finance companies, livestock dealers, and more.
|Lobbyists & Organizations |
Browse alphabetically by year and name for lobbyists and organizations that employ registered lobbyists in North Dakota.
|Maps (GIS) |
View the North Dakota GIS (Geographical Information System) databases of interactive maps of boundaries, districts, communications, environmental, recreation, transportation, water and other information.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in North Dakota to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Obituaries 1892-1907 & 1984-1995 |
Search this North Dakota University library archives obituary databases containing records published in The Forum. Records are mostly from Eastern North Dakota.
|Photo Archives |
Browse this State Historical Society of North Dakota collection by subject for historical North Dakota photographs.
|Protective Orders |
Search for protective orders in North Dakota by case number and respondent name and county of issuance.
|State Bar |
Search the North Dakota State Bar Association in North Dakota by attorney name.
|Supreme Court Docket |
Search the North Dakota Supreme Court Docket by docket number, party name, keyword or phrase.
|Supreme Court Opinions/Decisions |
Browse for North Dakota Supreme Court Opinions alphabetically or by listing, topic, Justice, or Trial Judge. Or search for Opinions by keyword, title, citation, topic, and/or author.
|Vanity Plates |
Search this North Dakota Department of Transportation site for NDDOT "Motor Vehicle Special Letter Plate Availability."