Open N.C. Makes North Carolina Public Records More Public

Open N.C. is a project that collects public records from various sources for the state of North Carolina and makes it easier for reporters and journalists to access them from one online search.

Open NC Public Records

The site was developed by The University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Chapel Hill with support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to facilitate easier public access to state, county and local records in North Carolina.

Users can browse or search North Carolina public record information by record type, category, city name or county name on N.C. Data.

In addition to searching for records on Open N.C., users can also submit public records data to the site or request that new records be added.

Open N.C. is a growing public record database with over 9 million records from across the state of North Carolina. Eventually, the site plans to collect public record information from all 100 counties in North Carolina.

Some of the records that can be found on N.C. Data include:

  • Incident Reports
  • Arrest Records
  • Property Tax Information
  • Real Estate Records
  • Accident Reports
  • Business Records

Users can set up automated public record alerts that keep them informed of the latest record updates associated with a person’s name, business name, record type or location. You can also monitor trends from the user dashboard like crime trends, property purchases etc.

Right now, the beta version of Open N.C. is only open to professional journalists, but they plan to release a version for use by the general public.

You can visit the Open N.C. public records site at