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Arrest records fall under public information in North Carolina. Anyone can obtain anybody’s arrest records through the local police departments, sheriff’s office or the county Clerk of Court. However, the Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) section administered by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) division at the Department of Justice is the state’s central repository for criminal records. Only records that are supported by fingerprints are maintained in their database.
Fingerprint-based criminal history background checks are available to criminal and non-criminal justice agencies as a Right to Review but North Carolina law requires that the latter need an ordinance, federal mandate, state statute, or Governor’s executive order. When requesting North Carolina criminal history record information through SBI, a complete set of legible fingerprints presented on a standard fingerprint card including all ten fingers accompanied by the completed official form and the $14 fee is required. Checks on third parties are restricted to authorized agencies.