Union County Public Records Requests Procedures


Union County is committed to transparency and making public records available to members of the public in a timely manner. The following information will help you understand the process established to accommodate the public's right to access, while setting forth defined and consistent steps for requesting these records. 

North Carolina Public Records law is found in G.S. Chapter 132. The statute lists items that are not to be disclosed to the public and outlines the method in which public records requests should be submitted. The content of your request needs to be well detailed and easily identifiable. It is our goal to respond to all public records requests within five business days. More complex requests may take longer, but will be addressed promptly.

The following is a list of common public records requests:

1.    Divorce Records/Traffic Violation Records/Criminal and Civil Disputes

You can obtain information regarding a divorce, traffic violation or other court-related records, such as criminal and civil disputes, by contacting the Union County Clerk of Superior Court, using the information below.

Honorable J.R. Rowell
Clerk of Superior Court

Union County Judicial Center
400 N. Main Street

Monroe, NC 28112


Marriage, Birth or Death Certificates

To obtain a marriage, birth or death certificate, submit a form online or visit the Register of Deeds office:

Register of Deeds Office of Vital Records

500 N. Main Street, Suite 258

Monroe, NC 28111

Phone: 704-283-3796

Fax: 704-283-3569 

Union County Sheriff’s Office Records

To obtain Union County Sheriff’s Office records, including crime reports, please contact the Records Division at 704-283-3585 or visit:

Union County Sheriff’s Office

3344 Presson Road

Monroe, NC 28112

The following inquiries can be accessed online:

4.    Criminal Background Checks


A name-based criminal record check may be obtained by contacting the Union County Clerk of Superior Court at 704-698-3100 or email.

5.    Building Plans and Permits

For more information about building plans and/or permits, please visit the Building Code Enforcement Division’s Online Permitting System or visit the office:

Building Code Enforcement

500 N. Main Street, Suite 47

Monroe, NC 28112

Phone: 704-283-3816

Fax: 704-292-2513

If your public records request does not fall into one of the categories above, please follow the instructions below to submit a request to Union County Media & Public Relations.

 Here's how to request a public record from Union County

Step 1: Submit a request online or complete the Public Records Request form and submit it one of the following ways:
  • Return it by email to:

  • Return it by mail to: Union County Communications Officer - 500 N. Main Street, Monroe, N.C. 28112

  •  Return it by FAX to: 704-282-0121

Step 2: Union County staff will notify the requestor of receipt and forward the request to the appropriate Service Area or Division.Step 3: Union County staff will notify the requestor when the records are available.

Union County Public Records Requests Fee Schedule

County-Wide Public Records Request Fee Schedule - FY16-17

The purpose of this schedule is to create a county-wide standard fee for copying or printing of public records requests throughout Union County Government.

Fee Schedule Item                                   Fee Amount Per Page
Copies: 8 1/2 " X 11" (B/W)                      $.05
Copies: 8 1/2 " X 11" (Color)                   $.10
Copies: 8 1/2 " X 14" (B/W)                     $.06
Copies: 8 1/2 " X 14" (Color)                  $.11
CD/DVD                                                     $1.00
*Public records that you wish to receive electronically will be free of charge.
*Standard USPS postage will be included if mailing is requested.

If you have any questions or are having trouble downloading the Public Records Request form, please call 704-283-3546.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Brett Vines
Communications Officer
500 N. Main St.
Monroe, NC  28112
Phone: 704-283-3546
Fax: 704-282-0121
Copyright 2017 by Union County, North Carolina