Mecklenburg County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Criminal Statistics

The North Carolina Bureau of Investigation publishes annual statistical crime data as required by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program. According to the 2017 report, Mecklenburg county law enforcement agencies reported a 5% decline in index crime rate with reports sliding from 4,672.1 per 100,000 in 2016 to 4,814.4 per 100,000 in 2017. Property crimes were recorded to be the leading subset of offenses accounting for 85% of total reported crimes, while violent crime rate declined 2% to 638.6 per 100,000, accounting for 15% of the total index crimes in the county. The county's property and violent crime rates were concluded to be markedly higher than the state average rate per 100,000 which were put at 375 per 100,000 for violent crimes and 2,286.8 per 100,000 for property crimes.

Criminal Records

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement-related services to county residents including documenting and maintaining records of criminal activity within county limits. However, requests for criminal records are processed by the County Clerk of Superior Court in compliance with North Carolina state laws. At the state level, this service is processed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety which serves as the central repository of statewide criminal record information.

How to Get Criminal Records

Criminal records can be obtained by querying the office of the Mecklenburg County Clerk of Superior Court via mail or in person. The records provided by this office include all county-level misdemeanor offenses, arrest information, and dispositions -- both pending and resolved.

To request this record, interested persons may download and complete the Form AOC-CR-314 which is the state-designated criminal record request form. The requestor must legibly indicate the name and required personal information of the subject as well as the type of record being requested. The completed and notarized form must then be submitted to the Superior Court Clerk's Office along with the indicated fees and ID requirements. The Clerk's Office is located at:

Mecklenburg County Courthouse
832 East Fourth St
P.O. Box 37971
Charlotte, NC 28237-7971
(704) 686-0400

How to Find Sex Offender Information

Information regarding sex offenders resident in Mecklenburg County can be obtained using the public North Carolina State Offender Registry. Interested persons may obtain relevant information on the registry by performing offender searches by the offender's name, location, sex registration number or by their proximity to specific locations within the state or county. Mecklenburg county residents may also opt to receive email alerts regarding notable changes in sex offender location or compliance status by registering on the NC Offender Subscription Service Website.

Where and How to Get Inmate and Jail Information

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office is responsible for overseeing the affairs of all county detention facilities, and managing information regarding their resident inmates. Thus, all inmate and jail information can be retrieved from the Detention Unit of the Sheriff's Office. The Unit operates the County's VINE system with which county residents can make inquiries regarding inmate's primary charges, bond and bail conditions, housing and commissary, court dates, and prospective release dates. The VINE system can be contacted at (800) 247-9658

Court Records

Where and How to get Court Records

Records of court cases heard by the Mecklenburg County Superior or District Courts are maintained by the office of the Superior Court Clerk. These records may be accessed by interested members of the public if they are deemed non-confidential by the court.

To obtain a record, the requesting party may make mail or in-person requests to the county courthouse, or self-serve using the public terminal available in the Office of the Court Clerk. Searches may be performed by the name of the plaintiff, defendant or litigant, or using the case file number of the record.

To obtain a record via mail, requestors are required to send a written request stating details of the case including the victim, witness and/or litigant name, the case file number of the record and the approximate date on which the record was filed.

Both in-person and mail-in requests may be made to:

Mecklenburg County Courthouse
832 East Fourth St
P.O. Box 37971
Charlotte, NC 28237-7971
(704) 686-0400

Location of all Courts in the County

Below are the addresses and contact information of the courthouses in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina:

Mecklenburg County Superior Court
832 East 4th Street,
P.O. Box 37971,
Charlotte, NC 28237
Phone: (704) 686-0400

Mecklenburg County District Court
832 East 4th Street,
P.O. Box 9600,
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: (704) 686-0400
Phone: (704) 686-0202 (Family Court)

Where to Get Property Records

The Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office records and provides public access to deeds, liens, land records and a variety of other documents related to real estate and land property. Interested persons may request copies of these records by querying the Register of Deeds via mail or in person, or by using the Register of Deeds Web Access Site.

To obtain a record, the interested party must send a written request stating relevant property details such as the address, recording number, and date of recording of the document, or search the online index by the grantor/grantee name or page/recording number of the document. Mail and in-person requests may be made to:

Register of Deeds
720 East Fourth Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 336-2443

Vital Records

North Carolina State vital records are generally managed and disseminated by the State Vital Records Office. However, this service is also provided at the county level, and in Mecklenburg, by the County Register of Deeds Office. Interested persons may query the Register's office for copies of records of births, deaths, and marriages which occurred within county limits, while divorce records can be retrieved from the office of the Superior Court Clerk. As per North Carolina State laws, copies of vital records can only be accessed by eligible persons.

Where and How to Get Divorce Records

Records of divorces granted by the Mecklenburg County Superior Court are maintained and issued by the office of the Court Clerk. Interested persons may obtain copies of these records by making mail or in-person requests to the county courthouse.

To obtain a record via mail, the requesting party will be required to send a written request to the courthouse, stating the details of the divorce, including the names of the spouses, the place and date of the divorce as well as the case file number of the record (if known). In-person requests will require the requestor to self-serve using the public terminal available in the county courthouse. Both in-person and mail-in requests may be made to:

Mecklenburg County Courthouse
832 East Fourth St
P.O. Box 37971
Charlotte, NC 28237-7971
(704) 686-0400

Where and How to Get Marriage Records, Birth Records and Death Records

Requests for records of births, deaths, and marriages which took place in Mecklenburg County may be directed to the office of the County Register of Deeds. In compliance with state law, these records will only be issued to the registrant/subject(s) of the record, immediate family members of the subject, a legal representative or heir of the subject and persons who are authorized by a court order. To obtain any of these records, eligible persons may request them online or via mail.

Online Requests require the requesting party to complete the Online Marriage Certificate Request, the Online Birth Certificate Request or Online Death Certificate Request Form available of the Register of Deeds Portal. The requestor must attach the required documents, indicate a preferred means of receiving the record and make a credit card payment of $3.39 in order for the request to be processed.

Alternatively, mail-in requests can be made by printing and completing the applicable Vital Records Request Form. The requesting party is required to notarize the application, which should be sent along with the indicated ID requirements and fees to:

Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds
Vital Records Office
618 N. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 336-2819