Wake County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Criminal Statistics

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation maintains statewide crime statistics. According to published records in its Annual Summary Report of 2017 Uniform Crime Reporting Data, Wake County reported a 1% decline in crime rate compared to reports of the previous year. According to the report, the Wake County Sheriff's Office received 1,828 reports of index crime offenses in the year, with property crimes consisting of 90% of the reported offenses, while only 173 reports of violent crimes were received. The most significant declines were recorded in reports of murder, rape, and larceny which dropped by 100%, 20%, and 5% respectively to 0, 12 and 916 reported incidents each. Incidences of aggravated assault and burglary spiked 6% and 4% respectively while robbery held steady with 25 reported incidents, the same as was reported in 2016.

Criminal Records

The Wake County Sheriff's Office is tasked with providing law enforcement and protective services to county residents which includes support services such as generating and maintaining reports and records of crime within county limits. However, in compliance with North Carolina state laws, requests for criminal records are processed by the office of the Superior Court Clerk which is the county's custodian of criminal history information.

How to get Criminal Records

Requests for criminal records can be made in person or via mail to the Clerk of Superior Court office at the Wake county courthouse. This request will provide information regarding the criminal history of the subject within county limits, including arrest information, misdemeanor, and felony charges as well as any court dispositions. Interested persons may make in-person requests to the Clerk's Office staff or self-serve with the public access terminals available in the Office. Searches can be conducted using the name, gender, date of birth and social security number of the subject, and the requestor will be charged a printing fee if copies are required.

To request criminal records via mail, the requesting party will be required to fill out and print the criminal record request application Form AOC-CR-314. The completed form must be notarized and submitted along with a cheque or money order payment of $25 to:

The Office of the Superior Court Clerk
Wake County Courthouse
316 Fayetteville St. Mall
P.O. Box 351
Raleigh, NC 27602

How to Find Sex Offender Information

Public information regarding sex offenders domiciled in Wake County is contained in the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry. As provided by state laws, the Registry features the addresses, internet identifiers, criminal histories and compliance status of registered offenders within county limits. Interested persons may search the Registry for related information by offender name, location, incarceration status or by sex registration number. To stay updated regarding sex offenders in specific vicinities, county residents may also register for the NC Offender Subscription Services to receive email notifications regarding notable changes in sex offender location.

Where and How to Get Inmate and Jail Information

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office Detention Division oversees the affairs of the county’s correctional facility and as such, maintains information regarding the county jail and adult detainees. All information in this regard; including details of inmate welfare, housing, commissary, visitation and means of contact can be obtained on the Detention Division Information Page. Other inmate-specific information such as the primary charges of a detainee, prospective court and release dates and bail or bond conditions can be obtained by contacting the County Detention Center at (919) 773-7930.

Court Records

Where and How to get Court Records

Wake county court records are managed and disseminated by the office of the Superior Court Clerk. The records available through this office are non-confidential records of court cases filed and heard by the county court. Interested persons may obtain these records by querying the Clerk of Court's office via mail or in person.

In-person requests require the requestor to access the record using the public self-service terminals available in the county courthouse. This will require the name of the defendant or plaintiff, the date the record was filed and the case file number of the record.

Requestors may obtain records via mail by sending a written request to the Clerk's Office stating relevant details of the record, as well as an approximate date of its filing and a brief description of the case. Both in-person and mail requests may be made to:

The Office of the Superior Court Clerk
Wake County Courthouse
316 Fayetteville St. Mall
P.O. Box 351
Raleigh, NC 27602

Location of all Courts in County

Listed below are the addresses and contact information of all the courthouses in Wake County, North Carolina:

Wake County Superior Court
Wake County Justice Center
300 South Salisbury Street,
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 792-4000

Wake County Superior Court
Wake County Courthouse
316 Fayetteville Street Mall,
P.O. Box 351,
Raleigh, NC 27602
Phone: (919) 792-4000

Wake County District Court
Wake County Courthouse
316 Fayetteville Street Mall,
P.O. Box 351,
Raleigh, NC 27602
Phone: (919) 792-4000
Phone: (919) 792-4875 Fax: (919) 792-4876 (Family Court)

Vital Records

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services serves as the central repository of statewide vital records and is charged with issuing these records to interested and eligible persons. At the county level, this service is offered by the Wake County Register of Deeds Office which is the primary custodian of records of vital events occurring within county limits. Interested persons may obtain any of these records at the state or county level, however, requestors will be required to meet some eligibility requirements before accessing the requested record.

Where and How to Get Divorce Records

Records of divorces granted in Wake county are maintained and issued by the Superior Court Clerk. Interested persons may obtain these records by querying the office via mail or in person.

To obtain a divorce record in person, the requestor may self-serve with the public terminals available in the county courthouse. Requestors may search for the record of interest by the names of the spouses, the date and place of the divorce or the case file number of the record.

Mail requests may be made by sending a written request to the Clerk's Office stating details of the record including the requestor's relationship with the divorced persons and the purpose of requesting the record. Both in-person and mail requests may be made to:

The Office of the Superior Court Clerk
Wake County Courthouse
316 Fayetteville St. Mall
P.O. Box 351
Raleigh, NC 27602

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

The Wake County Register of Deeds office processes requests for records of births, deaths, and marriages which occurred and/or were licensed within county limits. As per state laws, these records may only be obtained by persons who are listed on the record, the immediate family member of the subject(s) of the record, their legal representatives and persons authorized by a North Carolina Court issued subpoena. To request a birth record, death record or marriage record, interested and eligible persons may print out and complete the Wake County Vital Records Application Form. The completed form should be notarized and submitted along with the stated fees and ID requirements to:

Register of Deeds Office
Wake County Justice Center
300 S. Salisbury Street
Suite 1700, P. O. Box 1897
Raleigh, NC 27601