The following are three main ways that you can obtain background check information on a regular basis. The first two below are available to anyone, while the third requires statutory authorization:
- Obtain your information directly from the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) on an ongoing basis
NCAOC's Remote Public Access Program allows individuals to conduct statewide criminal background checks and civil searches, while providing them with the same real-time information that may be obtained when using the public terminal at any N.C. courthouse. The following are examples of just some of the information available:
- Criminal Records (check pending cases, verify prior convictions)
- Tax liens
Real-time access through the NCAOC ensures that the data obtained accurately reflects the data from the N.C. clerks' offices, thus reducing the likelihood of violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
If you are interested in obtaining criminal and civil information regularly from the NCAOC, or would like the convenience of accessing the information from your office, you may obtain cost and connectivity information by contacting the NCAOC's Remote Public Access team at 919 890-2220 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Obtain your information from a third-party vendor
Unofficial record checks may be conducted through several third-party companies that will sell information to you. Each company has its own set charges. The NCAOC lists on its website companies that obtain information from the NCAOC on an ongoing basis pursuant to a licensing agreement. The records that the NCAOC provides to the companies are accurate reflections of the data in the clerks' databases, but the NCAOC cannot guarantee that the information the companies provide to their customers is current or accurate. View a list of companies that have asked to be listed on the NCAOC website.
- Obtain information on your employees from the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI)
If you have specific statutory authority to obtain criminal history background checks from the SBI, see "Background Checks on Employees" on the SBI website.