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There are no prescribed procedures to follow or forms to submit in connection with the inspection, examination or copying of public records in North Carolina. Experience indicates that the overwhelming majority of such requests are made orally and are fulfilled readily and informally. North Carolina's Public Records Law requires that access to public records must be granted by "every person having custody of public records." Thus requests can be, and are, addressed to virtually any public employee.

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The Public Records Act is silent as to the procedure for obtaining records. One need not file a written request for access to records. Written requests are only necessary when the requester has been denied access to the records. A custodian must cite the reasons and the legal authority for denying access to records or information if requested to do so in writing. The official custodian of any public record may make rules and regulations regarding the inspection of the records.

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