NC State Highway Patrol Public Records Request

Public Records 

Want to do a criminal background check or obtain a North Carolina driving record? You do not need to fill out a public records request. Visit our FAQ page for more information.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol remains committed in providing excellence in public safety while remaining transparent among citizens, other organizations and members of the media.  This is accomplished by offering the most possible access to public records under lawful authority.  

Public records request must be made in writing.  Request can be submitted online or by completing a public records request form and mailing to:

N.C. State Highway Patrol
Public Information Office
4231 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4231

Crash reports can be obtained by visiting the NCDPS website and clicking on the link Collision Information.  

Certified crash reports must be obtained from NCDMV pursuant to § 20-42.  

A copy of a Medical Examiner and Toxicology report may be requested from the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office.  

Submission Process

Once you submit your request, you will receive an acknowledgement within three business days upon receipt.  

The SHP’s public records manager may contact you if a request is received that is unclear or does not sufficiently identify the requested information.  If clarification is not provided, the request may be denied. 

The public records manager will then review the request to ensure the information requested is available and not restricted from public access. (For a list of records that are considered confidential, see N.C. General Statute 132.)

After reviewing the request, the public records manager will begin identifying the requested documents and notify the requester of an estimated timeframe to retrieve the information as well as any associated charges.

The SHP Public Information Office will make every effort to provide responsive documents as timely as possible.  Request will be handled in the order they are received.  Actual delivery times may vary depending on several factors to include:

  • The size and volume of a request
  • Whether the request requires information from other departments 
  • Preparation of documents responsive 

For more information on public records request, please review the state’s draft guidelines on public records request.