The North Carolina State Crime Laboratory operates a full-service laboratory in Raleigh; a Western Regional Crime Lab in Edneyville; and a Triad Regional Crime Lab in Greensboro.
Helping Solve Crimes
Lab analysts examine evidence related to criminal investigations free of charge to any North Carolina public law enforcement agency, 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
- Assistance 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 are accessible to all verified attorneys who have questions about tests performed and for pre-trial conferences.
- Laboratory Policies & Procedures
- Ombudsman to the Crime Lab
- State Crime Lab Leadership
- Forensic Advisory Board
Crime Lab Locations
Forensic Science Disciplines
- Digital Evidence
- Drug Chemistry
- Firearms & Tool Mark
- Forensic Biology & DNA
- DNA Database
- Latent Evidence
- Trace Evidence
On May 4, 1988, the Crime Laboratory became the seventeenth laboratory system in the nation to be accredited, the seventh state laboratory to become accredited, and the first in the southeastern part of the United States to be accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). In 2009, Crime Laboratory management began to pursue ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation for the next re-accreditation cycle which was scheduled for 2013. The Laboratory was accredited under ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standards in 2013 by Forensic Quality Services (FQS) and in 2014 by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). These agencies later merged to become a part of the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) which currently accredits the Crime Laboratory under ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standards.
The North Carolina State Crime Laboratory is one of the premier forensics laboratories in the nation. The Laboratory offers a variety of scientific positions and 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. Learn more about internship opportunities at the State Crime Laboratory.
Speaker/Presentation, Career Fair, & Lab Tour Requests
To request crime lab speakers or lab tours, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.