North Carolina's Public Records Law

What is a public record?

NC law defines a public record as "all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, films, sound recordings, magnetic or other tapes, electronic data-processing records, artifacts, or other documentary material, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance in connection with the transaction of public business by any agency of North Carolina government or its subdivisions." 

Who is subject to the NC Public Records Law?

An agency of North Carolina government or its subdivisions "shall mean and include every public office, public officer or official (State or local, elected or appointed), institution, board, commission, bureau, council, department, authority or other unit of government of the State or of any county, unit, special district or other political subdivision of government."

Where can I find more details about the NC Public Records Law?

The NC General Statutes pertaining to public records can be found here.

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