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State Bureau of Investigation
PO Box 29500
Raleigh, NC 27626
  • P: 919-662-4500
  • F: 919-662-4380
  • Hours: 8AM-5PM

North Carolina Criminal Record Availability

Record access is limited to criminal justice and other government agencies authorized by law. Employers are denied access unless subject is in a business designated to receive records (i.e. health or child care). Contact agency for proper paperwork.

Access to North Carolina Criminal Records

Records Available:
North Carolina restricts access to criminal records and non-criminal justice agencies must have a lawful reason for requesting North Carolina criminal records. SBI allows individuals the “Right to Review” their personal criminal records, but only law enforcement and approved agencies can access full criminal records for third parties, which include all arrests, convictions, dispositions and pending charges. Criminal court records are public record, but must be obtained through your local Clerk of Court and not through the SBI.

Retrieving Records


Years Available

The North Carolina Department of Justice oversees the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), which performs criminal background checks for individuals seeking their own records and for employers and other authorized agencies. Individuals may obtain their own name-based criminal history information by contacting the Clerk of Court in each North Carolina County where they resided. Fingerprint-based criminal history information is available by submitting a Right to Review Request to the SBI. Authorized employers may contact the SBI by phone to receive the appropriate criminal background check packet.

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Individuals are assessed a fee of $14, payable by certified check or money order, to perform a Right to Review search through the North Carolina Department of Justice.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation maintains fingerprint records in its computerized criminal history files. Records are available throughout the individual’s lifetime.

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