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Single Party Consent States 2021

Most of us have conversations in person and on the phone without having to record them. However, there are other situations 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.
Alabama4,934,193
Alaska724,357
Arizona7,520,103
Arkansas3,033,946
Colorado5,893,634
Georgia10,830,007
Hawaii1,406,430
Idaho1,860,123
Indiana6,805,663
Iowa3,167,974
Kansas2,917,224
Kentucky4,480,713
Louisiana4,627,002
Maine1,354,522
Minnesota5,706,398
Mississippi2,966,407
Missouri6,169,038
Nebraska1,951,996
New Jersey8,874,520
New Mexico2,105,005
New York19,299,981
North Carolina10,701,022
North Dakota770,026
Ohio11,714,618
Oklahoma3,990,443
Rhode Island1,061,509
South Carolina5,277,830
South Dakota896,581
Tennessee6,944,260
Texas29,730,311
Utah3,310,774
Virginia8,603,985
West Virginia1,767,859
Wisconsin5,852,490
Wyoming581,075

Single Party Consent States 2021