The criminal record check you obtain from the Clerk's Office only searches criminal charges filed in Wake County, North Carolina; it will
not pick up out-of-county, out-of-state, or federal charges. Various internet sites and other entities can provide this type of search for a
fee if you require this kind of service.
Please be advised of the following: 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 Wake
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 physical characteristics such as race and gender.
Obtaining a Criminal Record Check
There are two (2) ways to obtain a criminal record check:
- In person. You may visit Suite 1000 of the Clerk's Office, located on the 1st floor of the Wake County
Justice Center. You must be able to provide the name to be checked and pay the applicable fee. Please see Directions for our location.
- The Criminal Record Check form is available online at the North Carolina court system homepage. Search form number AOC CR-314. It may be filled in, printed, and brought or mailed to the address below. This form is in Adobe PDF format.
- 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, a certified check or money order for the applicable fee, and a self-addressed stamped
envelope. Mail your request to:
Clerk of Superior Court
ATTN: Criminal Division - Records
PO Box 351
Raleigh NC 27602-0351