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Audio Recording Laws by State

Updated March 24, 2016 by Justin S. Kline, Esq.

States and territories requiring the consent of at least one party* to a telephone conversation before an audio recording may legally be made are:

Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Delaware; the District of Columbia; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; and Wyoming.

14 states require the consent of all parties* to the conversation under most circumstances before an audio recording may legally be made are:

California; Connecticut; Florida; Illinois; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Montana; Nevada; New Hampshire; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Vermont; and Washington.

*Please refer to full article: Audio Recording Laws

Important Notice
This guide is meant as a general introduction to the state of the law concerning electronic surveillance and its implications. This article is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. You are strongly advised to seek legal advice from a lawyer in your state when you are confronted with a legal issue in this area.

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