Single Party Consent States 2020

Most of us have conversations in person and on the phone without having to record it. There are other situations, however, where you may consider or possibly move forward with recording the conversation. Maybe you’re trying to gather evidence against someone that has done you wrong. Alternatively, perhaps you have a more innocent excuse – you’re talking with a bill collector, and you want to make sure that you keep everything documented. Apps on smartphones make recording a conversation as easy as tapping a button.

However, you should be aware that there are legal issues with recording a conversation, whether it’s in person in your home or over the phone. In some states, two-party consent is required before you hit “record.” This means that ALL parties involved in the conversation must be aware that they are being recorded. In other states, there are more relaxed laws.

Many states have single-party consent laws. This means that just one party involved in the conversation needs to be aware that it is being recorded. If you’re the one recording the conversation, for example, you do not have to reveal this to the other party.

Washington, D.C. also has single-party consent laws. It’s also important to note that some states do have exceptions to their laws. For example, in Hawaii, all parties must be notified if the recorder is located in a private area.

Single Party Consent States 2020

State 2020 Pop.
Alabama4,908,620
Alaska734,002
Arizona7,378,490
Arkansas3,039,000
Colorado5,845,530
Georgia10,736,100
Hawaii1,412,690
Idaho1,826,160
Indiana6,745,350
Iowa3,179,850
Kansas2,910,360
Kentucky4,499,690
Louisiana4,645,180
Maine1,345,790
Minnesota5,700,670
Mississippi2,989,260
Missouri6,169,270
Nebraska1,952,570
New Jersey8,936,570
New Mexico2,096,640
New York19,440,500
North Carolina10,611,900
North Dakota761,723
Ohio11,747,700
Oklahoma3,954,820
Rhode Island1,056,160
South Carolina5,210,100
South Dakota903,027
Tennessee6,897,580
Texas29,472,300
Utah3,282,120
Virginia8,626,210
West Virginia1,778,070
Wisconsin5,851,750
Wyoming567,025