North Carolina Statewide Offices

  • Attorney General

    The Attorney General is the head of the North Carolina Department of Justice. The Department has four primary functions: 1)Provide legal representation to state agencies; 2) Assist local law enforcement in fighting crime and prosecuting cases; 3) Provide training and standards for law enforcement; and 4) Protect North Carolina consumers.

  • Governor

    The Governor of North Carolina is the top executive of the government of the U.S. state of North Carolina. Among other responsibilities, the governor heads the Council of State. The Governor has extensive powers of appointment of executive branch officials, some judges, and members of boards and commissions. Nevertheless, the office has a lower-than-average amount of institutional power compared to governors in other states, according to a 2007 study.

  • Lt. Governor

    The Lt. Governor of North Carolina is the second highest elected official in the state and is the only elected official to have powers in both the legislative and executive branches of state government. The Lt. Governor's primary responsibility is to preside over the North Carolina Senate. The position is now a full-time job but carries no official power beyond voting to break a tie. Lt. Governors typically must depend on governors to assign them high-profile tasks.

  • Secretary of State

    The mission of the Secretary of State is to serve and protect citizens, the business community and governmental agencies by facilitating business activities, by providing accurate and timely information and by preserving documents and records.

  • State Auditor

    The critical mission of the Office of the State Auditor is to provide citizens and North Carolina’s state leadership with independent, unbiased and professional assessments of whether public resources are being properly accounted for.

  • State Controller

    The mission of the Office of the State Controller (OSC) is to serve as the public’s fiscal guardian by promoting accountability and protecting the financial integrity of the State. As part of its statutory authority, OSC is responsible for the uniform NCAS and related subsystems, which maintain timely, reliable, accurate, consistent, and complete accounting information on the State of North Carolina government entity.

  • State of North Carolina

    North Carolina is a state located on the Atlantic Seaboard in the Southern United States. North Carolina has a wide range of elevations, from sea level on the coast to 6,684 feet in the mountains. The coastal plains are strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean.

  • State Treasurer

    The Department of State Treasurer serves as the state's banker and chief investment officer, administers the public employee retirement systems and other employee benefit plans for public employees which are assigned to the department, assists units of local government in the state in maintaining strong fiscal health, and administers the escheat (unclaimed property) and abandoned property program.

North Carolina Legislative Branch

  • North Carolina General Assembly

    The North Carolina General Assembly is the state legislature of North Carolina. The General Assembly drafts and legislates the state laws of North Carolina, also known as the General Statutes. The General Assembly is a bicameral legislature, consisting of the North Carolina House of Representatives (formerly the North Carolina House of Commons until 1868) and the North Carolina Senate. The House has 120 members, while the Senate has 50. There are no term limits for either chamber.

North Carolina Court Rules and Forms

North Carolina Judicial Branch

  • Court of Appeals

    The Court of Appeals is this state's only intermediate appellate court. Fifteen judges sit in rotating panels of three, deciding only questions of law on every case appealed from the Superior and District courts except death penalty cases. Appeals can range from a parking ticket case to murder case.

  • North Carolina Judicial Branch

    North Carolina Judicial Branch includes the following courts: Probate; Magistrate's; Municipal; Family; Circuit (the trial court for general jurisdiction); Appeals; and the Supreme Court.

  • Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court of North Carolina is the state's highest court, and there is no further appeal in the state from their decisions. This court has a chief justice and six associate justices who sit together as a panel in Raleigh. The Supreme Court has no jury, and it makes no determination of fact; rather, it considers error in legal procedures or in judicial interpretation of the law.

North Carolina Executive Branch

  • Department of Administration

    The Department of Administration (DOA) acts as the business manager for North Carolina state government. The department oversees Government Operations such as building construction, purchasing and contracting for goods and services, managing state vehicles, acquiring and disposing of real property, and operating auxiliary services such as courier mail delivery and the sale of state and federal surplus property.

  • Department of Administration: Division of Purchase and Contract

    The Division of Purchase & Contract is the central purchasing authority for all state departments, institutions, agencies, universities, and community colleges. It also makes certain services available to local governments, public school systems, private colleges and universities, and other non-state entities. The Division also provides training to procurement professionals and vendors, technical assistance on specifications and qualified products, compliance reviews, and inspections.

  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

    The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' divisions have responsibilities in regulatory and service areas covering agronomy; animal health; weights and measures; gas and oil inspection; crop and livestock statistics; USDA commodity distribution; state farm operations; food, drug and cosmetic testing for purity; agricultural marketing and promotion; agricultural marketing grading; international agricultural crop and livestock marketing; operation of the NC State Fair and NC Mountain State Fair; operation of five state farmers markets; research station operations; seed and fertilizer inspection; nursery and plant pest eradication activities; regulation of the structural pest control industry; agricultural environmental issues; state and federal agricultural legislation; and agricultural economic analysis.

  • Department of Commerce

    NC's Department of Commerce is the state's advocate for economic, community and workforce development. The Department serves existing business and industry, including providing international trade assistance; recruiting new jobs and domestic and foreign investment; encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation; marketing NC and its brand; supporting workforce development; strengthening communities; and promoting tourism, film and sports development.

  • Department of Commerce: Division of Tourism, Film & Sports Development

    Tourism Services offers comprehensive marketing and promotional programs to bolster the travel, wine, film, and sports industries in NC.

  • Department of Commerce: Employment Security Commission

    The Employment Security Commission of NC (ESC) provides labor market services (job placement, unemployment insurance, and labor market information) to employers and job seekers. ESC services are funded through federal payroll taxes and state appropriations such as the Worker Training Trust Fund. ESC is a key partmer in NC's workforce development system, hosting a majority of the JobLink Career Centers.

  • Department of Correction

    The North Carolina Department of Correction (NCDOC) is the agency responsible for corrections in North Carolina. It includes the following divisions: Administration; Prisons; Community Corrections; Dependency Programs; Correction Enterprises; Personnel; Staff Training; Parole; EEO Office; and Engineering.

  • Department of Crime Control & Public Safety

    The North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety (CCPS) has ten divisions whose overall missions are to improve the quality of life for North Carolinians by reducing crime and enhancing public safety. CCPS focuses citizen and legislative attention on law enforcement and public safety issues, such as drinking and driving, underage access to alcohol and tobacco, the proper use of child safety seats, crime prevention, and preparation for natural disasters.

  • Department of Crime Control & Public Safety: Homeland Security

    Homeland Security in NC is directed by the State Administrative Agent (SAA), NC Dept. of Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary. Grants management and planning activities are coordinated by the NC Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) Homeland Security Branch on behalf of the SAA. NCEM Homeland Security Branch assists local and state partners in the securing of federal funding and the development and implementation of capabilities to address NC's ability to prevent, protect, respond and recover to all hazards, both man-made and natural.

  • Department of Cultural Resources

    The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources was formed in 1971 to serve North Carolina’s citizens across the state in an outreach to broaden minds and spirits, preserve history and culture, and to recognize and promote our cultural resources as an essential element of North Carolina’s economic and social well-being. It was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources

    The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is the lead stewardship agency for the preservation and protection of North Carolina's outstanding natural resources. DENR administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public's health. DENR also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DENR facilities and through the state's school system.

  • Department of Health and Human Services

    The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is divided into 30 divisions and offices. DHHS divisions and offices fall under four broad service areas - health, human services, administrative, and support functions. DHHS also oversees 18 facilities: mental retardation centers, psychiatric hospitals, alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers, schools, early intervention programs, and one special care center.

  • Department of Insurance

    The Department of Insurance regulates the insurance industry, licensing insurance professionals and others, educating consumers about different types of insurance, handling consumer complaints, and much more. The Department also houses the Office of State Fire Marshal, which is responsible for a host of other services that improve North Carolinians’ daily lives.

  • Department of Justice

    The North Carolina Department of Justice has four primary functions: Provide legal representation to state agencies; Assist local law enforcement in fighting crime and prosecuting cases; Provide training and standards for law enforcement; and Protect North Carolina consumers.

  • Department of Labor

    The NC Department of Labor (DOL) is charged with promoting the "health, safety and general well-being" of more than 4 million workers in the state. DOL serves the needs of the workplace through a variety of programs aimed at making the employees of North Carolina safe. DOL is divided into three divisions: Administration, Occupational Safety and Health, and Standards and Inspections.

  • Department of Public Instruction

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is the agency charged with implementing the State's public school laws and the State Board of Education's policies and procedures governing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education.

  • Department of Revenue

    North Carolina's Department of Revenue was created by the General Assembly in 1921, making it one of the first in the country. The department administers and enforces the tax laws and collects the taxes due the state. The Department of Revenue is led by the Secretary, Deputy Secretary and five Assistant Secretaries.

  • Department of Transportation

    The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is one of North Carolina’s largest state government agencies. NCDOT works to provide high-quality transportation for travelers throughout North Carolina, including highways, rail, aviation, ferries, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and public transit.

  • Division of Emergency Management

    Emergency Management is a division of the Department of Crime Control & Public Safety. It is the delegated agency responsible for overseeing and managing all resources deployed in response to all hazards and threats. The division's six major sections are hazard mitigation; operations; logistics; information and planning; finance; and floodplain mapping.

  • Division of Parks and Recreation

    The NC State Parks System exists for the enjoyment, education, health and inspiration of all NC's citizens and visitors. The mission of the state parks system is to conserve and protect representative examples of the natural beauty, ecological features and recreational resources of statewide significance; to provide outdoor recreational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment; and to provide environmental education opportunities that promote stewardship of the state's natural heritage.

  • Governor: Office of State Budget and Management

    The mission of the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) is to deliver the highest quality state-wide budgetary, management, and information services by promoting and providing the most effective use of public resources, consistent with state law and the objectives of the administration. OSBM is organized into sections encompassing budgeting, management, demographics and economics, data services and IT, and HR.

  • North Carolina Kids' Page

    The North Carolina Kids' Page is an online almanac of state facts, fun facts, government info, legends & ghost stories, fun & games, recreation links and photos geared towards kids and published by the Secretary of State's office.

  • North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

    The North Carolina Medical Examiner System is a network of over 600 medical doctors throughout North Carolina who voluntarily devote their time, energy, and medical expertise to see that deaths of a suspicious, unusual or unnatural nature are adequately investigated. This resource is maintained by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. OCME is a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. OCME also functions as the Divison of Forensic Pathology of the UNC School of Medicine Department of Pathology.

  • Office of Information Technology Services

    The Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) provides technology services to state agencies, local governments, and educational institutions across North Carolina. IT services include hosting, network and video services, telecommunications, and enterprise services such as e-mail and calendaring. ITS is located in the Office of the Governor, and the Governor appoints the State Chief Information Officer. The State CIO provides direct management over ITS operations and has statewide IT responsibilities, including technical architecture, procurement, project management, and security.

  • Office of State Personnel

    The NC Office of State Personnel provides human resource services for the state. The agency offers administrative services, as well as services for jobseekers and performance solutions for employers.

  • State Library

    The State Library of North Carolina has provided services to NC and its citizens since 1812. The Government and Heritage Library provides direct services to state government employees and to anyone with a research interest in the history, culture, geography, economy and people of North Carolina. The Library is the repository of state government publications and a coordinating agency of the State Data Center.

  • State Surplus Property Agency

    The Agency's mission is to dispose of property declared surplus by using agencies through transfers or sales to other agencies, political sub-divisions, qualified non-profit tax-exempt organizations, sale to the public or by recycling in a manner that provides the most benefit to North Carolina and its citizens.

  • Visit North Carolina

    Visit North Carolina is the state's official tourism website. It's published by the NC Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development. It provides opportunities for businesses and individuals to promote events, accommodations, attractions and venues with links to trip ideas, stories, videos, photos and interactive maps to help plan your vacation to NC.

North Carolina Boards and Commissions

  • Albemarle Commission

    The Albemarble Commission is one of the 17 regional North Carolina Councils of Governments (Region R) established by the North Carolina General Assembly for the purpose of regional planning and administration. Headquartered in Hertford, North Carolina, it serves Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Camden, Tyrrell, Dare, Washington and Hyde counties.

  • Commission of Indian Affairs

    The North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs was created in 1971 to Deal fairly and effectively with Indian affairs; Bring local, state and federal resources into focus for the implementation or continuation of meaningful programs for the state's Indian citizens; Provide aid and protection for Indians as needs are demonstrated; Assist Indian communities in social and economic developments; and Promote recognition of and the right of Indians to pursue their cultural and religious traditions.

  • Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission

    The NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund was created by the General Assembly as one of 3 entities to invest North Carolina's portion of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. HWTF receives one-fourth of the state's tobacco settlement funds, which are paid in annual installments over a 25-year period. HWTF invests in programs and partnerships to address access, prevention, education and research that help all North Carolinians achieve better health.

  • Human Relations Commission

    The NC Human Relations Commission provides services and programs aimed at improving relationships among all citizens of the state, while seeking to ensure equal opportunities in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, recreation, education, justice and governmental services. The commission also enforces the North Carolina State Fair Housing Act.

  • North Carolina Arts Council

    The NC Arts Council is governed by a 24-member board appointed by the Governor, a 26-member staff, and serves as the steward of state and federal funds appropriated for the arts. Arts Council Board meetings are open to the public. It operates today as an agency of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, the nation's first cabinet level state agency for the arts, history, and libraries.

  • North Carolina Utilities Commission

    The North Carolina Utilities Commission regulate the rates and services of all public utilities in North Carolina. Today, the Commission regulates electric, telephone (including payphone service and shared tenant service), natural gas, water, wastewater, water resale, household goods transportation, busses, brokers, and ferryboats. It's also responsible for administering programs in North Carolina to ensure the safety of natural gas pipelines.

  • Office of the Commissioner of Banks

    The Office of the Commissioner of Banks, together with the North Carolina Banking Commission, is responsible for the chartering and regulation of North Carolina's state banks and trust companies, as well as registration/licensing of various financial institutions operating in North Carolina, including Check-Cashers, Consumer Finance companies, Mortgage Bankers and Mortgage Brokers, Money Transmitters and Refund Anticipation Lenders.

  • State Board of Elections

    The State Board of Elections is the state agency charged with overall responsibility for administration of the elections process and campaign finance disclosure in North Carolina. It is the only statutory bi-partisan, quasi-judicial supervisory board in North Carolina State government. The Governor of North Carolina appoints the five members of the Board.

  • Wildlife Resources Commission

    Since its inception in 1947, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) has been dedicated to the wise-use, conservation, and management of the state's fish and wildlife resources. The WRC consists of wildlife and fisheries biologists, wildlife enforcement officers, educators, engineers and administrative staff in nine districts across the state.

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