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State Crime Lab

The North Carolina State Crime Laboratory operates a full-service laboratory in Raleigh, a Western Regional Crime Lab in Asheville, and a Triad Regional Crime Lab in Greensboro.

Helping Solve Crimes
Lab analysts examine all types of evidence related to criminal investigations free of charge to any public law enforcement agency in North Carolina including local, state, federal, military, and railroad police organizations.
The laboratory provides:
  • Consultation on the value, use, collection, and preservation of evidence,
  • Analysis of evidence,
  • Expert testimony in court proceedings, and
  • Assistance for collecting evidence and processing crime scenes.
All three laboratories are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  For emergency situations, services are available on a 24-hour basis.
Lab analysts have been and remain accessible to all verified attorneys who wish to ask questions about tests performed and to visit with analysts for pre-trial conferences.
Internationally Accredited
The State Crime Laboratory is accredited under ISO 17025 standards, which provides a global basis for laboratory accreditation in management and technical requirements.  In June 2013, Forensic Quality Services notified the Lab that it has achieved accreditation under ISO 17025. In May 2014, the American Society of Crime Lab Directors - Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB), the nation's largest accrediting body for forensic laboratories, awarded accreditation to the State Crime Laboratory under ISO 17025. This accomplishment makes North Carolina's State Crime Laboratory the only state crime laboratory dually accredited under ISO 17025 accreditation requirements.  

The North Carolina State Crime Laboratory is one of the premier forensics laboratory in the nation. The Laboratory offers a variety of scientific positions as well as other careers at all three laboratory locations. For a current list of available positions, please visit the Job Opportunities page of the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources website.

If you are a college student pursuing a career in forensic science, the State Crime Laboratory offers internships at all laboratory locations and in all forensic disciplines. The internship program runs throughout the year and coincides with university semesters. Internships at the State Crime Laboratory are unpaid; however, the Laboratory strongly encourages interested parties to seek academic credit or financial assistance through grant programs.

The 2015 summer program runs from May 18 until August 7, 2015. Application instructions and materials are linked below. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 15, 2015.

For more information concerning internships, please send a message to
State Crime Lab:    Laboratory Director John Byrd