Single Party Consent States 2021

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 2021

State 2021 Pop.
Alabama4,934,190
Alaska724,357
Arizona7,520,100
Arkansas3,033,950
Colorado5,893,630
Georgia10,830,000
Hawaii1,406,430
Idaho1,860,120
Indiana6,805,660
Iowa3,167,970
Kansas2,917,220
Kentucky4,480,710
Louisiana4,627,000
Maine1,354,520
Minnesota5,706,400
Mississippi2,966,410
Missouri6,169,040
Nebraska1,952,000
New Jersey8,874,520
New Mexico2,105,000
New York19,300,000
North Carolina10,701,000
North Dakota770,026
Ohio11,714,600
Oklahoma3,990,440
Rhode Island1,061,510
South Carolina5,277,830
South Dakota896,581
Tennessee6,944,260
Texas29,730,300
Utah3,310,770
Virginia8,603,980
West Virginia1,767,860
Wisconsin5,852,490
Wyoming581,075

Single Party Consent States 2021