Public information databases come in all shapes and sizes, as anyone who has surfed the Internet knows. Not all things can be found online yet, however, and that includes information you can receive from county government offices. While there have been several put online in recent years to allow anyone to access public records, what does exist still remains somewhat spotty and sometimes difficult to find.
To address this situation, here is an overview of what currently is available from Wake, Durham and Orange county governments online. If it is not on here, chances are you will have to trek to downtown Raleigh, Durham or Hillsborough respectively to discover it instead, at least at present. Please not that these do not describe what are available through county library and county school Web sites – we will cover them in a later entry.
Wake County Government
Durham County Government
Durham has several databases like Wake’s, including Food and Lodging Grades , Voter Registration Records, GIS Mapping and Property Records. Where it differs is that the Sheriff’s office has databases for an Inmate Population Search for details about people incarcerated and their release dates, and Calls for Service Report on complaints and emergency calls it has received. Finally, the Register of Deeds offers a Public Record Search, but only about real estate transfers.
Orange County Government
Orange County’s Register of Deeds offers a Public Record Search similar to Durham’s, as is its Tax Collection Inquiry database for Property Records. It also has a GIS Mapping System database and complements that with the Master Orange Address Database for the county.
In addition, the county lets you do a Building Permits and Inspection Query about current construction projects, and the Sheriff’s office has a listing of Registered Sex Offenders with photos and other details.