Obtaining Court Records

Find out how to obtain court records.
How can I view records in criminal cases?

Information about criminal cases in the North Carolina court system can be accessed by visiting a public, self-service terminal located at a clerk of court’s office in any county. You can use the terminal to search for cases by defendant name, case number, or victim or witness name. Paper files for court cases may be accessed by visiting the clerk of court’s office in the county where the case is located. Copies may be made of court documents for a fee.

How can I remove cases from my criminal record?

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for an expunction. See the Expunctions Help Topic for more information.

How can I view records of civil, special proceeding, or estates cases?

Information about civil, special proceeding, or estates cases in the North Carolina court system can be accessed on the public, self-service terminals in the clerk of court’s office in any county. View a user’s manual for the system in which the information is stored. The file for a court case can be viewed by visiting the clerk of court’s office in the county where the case is located. Staff can provide copies of documents in court files for a fee.

How can I get copies of divorce judgments?

You can get a copy of a divorce judgment from the clerk of court’s office in the county where the divorce was granted for a fee.

How can I get copies of birth, marriage, divorce, or death certificates?

The Register of Deeds in the county where the event took place may be able to provide a copy of a birth, marriage, or death certificate. You can also get copies of these certificates, as well as divorce certificates, through North Carolina Vital Records.

How can I get a marriage license?

Marriage licenses are available from the Register of Deeds. See the Marriage Help Topic for more information.

How can I get copies of police reports?

You can request a copy of a police report from a law enforcement agency that investigated or otherwise was involved in the case. However, the complete report may not be a public record and may not be available unless the rules of discovery in a criminal case require it to be provided.

How can I find real estate records or deeds?

Deeds and most other real estate records are kept by the Register of Deeds office in the county where the real estate is located. Many Register of Deeds offices have their own websites. You can find contact information for your Register of Deeds. The clerk of court’s office has records of court proceedings affecting real estate, such as records of foreclosures, evictions, partitions, and condemnations, as well as estates, divorces, judgments, and liens on real property.