Obtaining a Criminal Record Check

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Most criminal records are a matter of public record and may be checked by name upon payment of the $25 statutory fee. This service can be utilized by any member of the public. 

Please be advised of the following: The criminal record check you obtain from the Clerk's office only searches criminal charges filed in DARE County, North Carolina; it will not pick up out-of-county, out-of-state, or federal charges. 

The criminal records system is designed and maintained by the Administrative Office of the Courts and is name-based only. The system is not based on any unique, identifiable characteristic such as fingerprints. This means no guarantee can be made as to actual identity. 

For example, if the name to be searched is relatively common (i.e. "John Smith") every John Smith charged with a criminal offense in Dare County will appear in the criminal record check. It is the responsibility of the checking party to distinguish between the various individuals by verifying dates of birth, addresses, or characteristics such as race and gender. 

There are two (2) ways to obtain a criminal record check:
  • In person. You may visit the front desk of the Clerk’s office to request a background check. You must be able to provide the name to be checked and pay the applicable fee. Cash, cashier’s checks or money orders are acceptable methods of payment. 

    The Criminal Record Check form AOC CR-314 may be filled in, printed, and brought or mailed to the address below.
  • By mail. You may also mail a written record check request by clearly stating you are requesting a criminal record check and providing the name to be checked (including any maiden or married names), date of birth, a cashier’s check or money order for the applicable fee, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Mail your request to: Clerk of Superior Court ATTN: Criminal Record Check, P.O. Box 1849 Manteo, NC 27954.


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