Legal Information: North Carolina

Restraining Orders

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November 27, 2017

What if I don't register my protection order? Will it be more difficult to have it enforced?

Maybe.  While neither federal law nor state law requires that you register your protection order in order to get it enforced, if your order is not entered into the state registry, it may be more difficult for a North Carolina law enforcement official to determine whether or not your order is real, which means that it could take longer to get your order enforced.

If you are unsure about whether registering your order is the right decision for you, you may want to contact a local domestic violence organization in your area.  An advocate there can help you decide what the safest plan of action is for you in North Carolina.  To see a list of local domestic violence organizations, go to our NC State and Local Programs page.