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North Dakota Public Records

The North Dakota Open Records Laws are a set of statutes outlining the rules and duties pertaining to government records that are created by and for the North Dakota State Government.  These laws ensure the pubic right to access certain records while simultaneously protecting confidentiality and public safety.

To better understand these laws and what they mean for you, the North Dakota Attorney General has created a citizens guide complete with relevant court cases, opinions and further explanation of definitions and findings.

Requests for public record access within the state of North Dakota must be made with the appropriate agency within the state or county that is most likely to hold them (usually the county in which the event on record occurred).  A list of county agencies and contacts can be found on the county pages. (coming soon)

Records that are generally NOT available for public access.

North Dakota Government Info

State Agencies  FULL LIST

Department of Agriculture

600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 602, Bismarck ND 58505-0020
(701) 328-2231 | Toll-free: 1-800-242-7535 | Fax: (701) 328-4567

Office of the Attorney General
State Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 125, Bismarck, ND 58505

  • Consumer Protection and Antitrust
    Gateway Professional Center, 1050 E Interstate Avenue Suite 200, Bismarck ND 58502-5574
    701 328-3404 |Toll Free:  800 472-2600
  • Gaming 701 328-4848
  • Licensing 701 328-2329
  • Lottery 701 328-1574
  • Bureau of Criminal Investigation
    PO Box 1054, Bismarck ND 58502
    701 328-5500 | Toll Free:  800 472-2185
  • Fire Marshal 701 328-5555
  • Crime Laboratory
    2641 East Main Avenue, PO Box 937, Bismarck ND 58502-0937
    701 328-6159

    Resources for Open Meetings and Open Records

    Opinion Search

Department of Corrections

3100 Railroad Avenue,  P.O. Box 1898, (PAROLE P.O. Box 5521), Bismarck, ND 58502-1898
(701) 328-6362 | Fax: (701) 328-6651

ND Game and Fish

100 N. Bismarck Expressway Bismarck, ND 58501-5095
701-328-6300 | Fax: 701-328-6352

North Dakota Geological Survey
1016 E. Calgary Ave., Bismarck ND
Mail: 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck ND 58505-0840
(701) 328-8000 | Fax: (701) 328-8010

  • Mail:  NDIC Oil and Gas Division, 600 East Boulevard Ave Dept 405, Bismarck, ND 58505-0840
  • General Shipping:  NDIC Oil and Gas Division, 1016 East Calgary Ave, Bismarck, ND 58503-5512
  • Core and Samples Shipping: ND Geological Survey Core Library, Campus Road and Cornell, Grand Forks, ND 58202
  • Oil and gas forms

Office of the Governor
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505-0001
701.328.2200 |  Fax:  701.328.2205

ND Department of Health
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, N.D. 58505-0200
701.328.2372 | Fax: 701.328.4727

Vital Records

Certified Copies

ND Historical Society

612 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
(701) 328-2666| Fax: (701) 328-3710

State Archives
Reference Desk: (701) 328-2091

ND State Land Department

1707 North 9th Street. PO Box 5523. Bismarck, ND 58506-5523
701-328-2800 | Fax: 701-328-3650

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Secretary of State

600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 108, 1st Floor, Bismarck ND 58505-0500
701-328-2900 | Toll Free: 800-352-0867 | Fax: 701-328-2992

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