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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 Edneyville, 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/IEC 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 had 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/IEC 17025. This accomplishment made North Carolina's State Crime Laboratory the only state crime laboratory dually accredited under ISO 17025 accreditation requirements at the time. Effective February 1, 2016, the State Crime Laboratory reverted back to single accreditation under ISO/IEC 17025 standards by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), formerly Forensic Quality Services.

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. Learn more about internship opportunities at the State Crime Laboratory.

Speaker/Presentation Requests, Career Fair Requests and Lab Tour Requests
Any requests for crime lab speakers or lab tours should be directed to the following:
State Crime Lab: Laboratory Director John Byrd