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Burke County NC Warrants Search

Offline and Online Sources That Offer Arrest Records From Burke, NC

When I want to do a warrant search in Burke or any other North Carolina county, I rely on both offline and online sources. But, investigative work is what I do for a living, so trips to the courthouse or the local precinct are part and parcel of my job.

However, I know that for a regular Joe/Jane, who wants to get a warrant check done or get criminal records, an online inquiry is the most convenient. Now, I am happy to tell you that the Sheriff’s burke office is one of the few state agencies that offer information on arrest warrants through their website.

In fact, through the combined efforts of Burke SO and Morganton PSD, you can get extensive information when seeking the latest arrest log or active warrants. Here is a look at how you can go about accessing these criminal records:

How do I get a warrant list and arrest records from the police in Burke County, NC?

The Sheriff’s Dept has a dedicated records division that handles requests for background checks from the public. However, that would involve driving down to their office at 150 Government Dr, Morganton, NC 28655, USA. Talk to the desk sergeant at 828-764-9513 before visiting for more information on the background check process. That out of the way, let me tell you about how to access details on active warrants and arrest reports online:

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To know about inmates: You will find a list of current inmates being held in the county facility at The information offered includes the inmate’s full name, the charge, and the date of arrest.

Warrants list: Yes, Burke County SO has also put this on their website at Although the title on the webpage reads, “Wanted List,” this is a list of the active warrants that are yet to be served. You will find the name of the accused, his/her address, as well as the charges against him in this list. 

The police blotter: These are essentially entries in the daily bulletin made by the police. So, you will not only get to know about recent arrests but also traffic incidents, serving of active warrants/ citation, and a lot more. This facility is offered at

Can I approach the judiciary for criminal court records?

If you want a certified copy of your background check or for some reason need the criminal records of a third party in black and white, I would direct you to the office of the Clerk of Superior Court at 201 South Green St, Morganton, NC 28655 or you can write to them at PO Box 796, Morganton, NC 28680.

When you go to the police for a criminal check, the desk sergeant’s team gets the information for you. However, you will find terminals at the clerk’s office, which can be used by community members free of charge. These systems are connected to the court docket database maintained by the agency.

So, you will find the court docket of every legal matter that involves/involved the subject of your inquiry, as long as it was filed in Burke County. And this is my final word of advice to help you with your warrant search- Be it the judiciary or the police, they will only be able to conduct a criminal check within their geographical jurisdiction and not through the entire state.


How do you get information about Burke County warrants and arrests over the phone? (Updated in 2021)

  • Information on arrest can be procured by calling (828) 764-9590.
  • Arrest records and accident reports can be accessed by calling (828) 764-9513.
  • Details on criminal investigations can be accessed by calling (828) 764-9505.
  • Judicial records can be requested by calling (828) 433-3200.
  • Victim’s services can be sought by calling (828) 433-3210


Crime statistics of Burke County

Burke County’s yearly crime average in 2019 was around 1155 incidents. The annual violent crime rate stood at 110, and included 16 rape cases and 81 serious assaults.

More than 553 of the complaints made against property crimes were for larceny-theft, while over 349 were for burglaries.

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