Single Party Consent States

A single party consent state can be defined as any state in which only one person participating in a multi-person conversation has to consent to having their conversation recorded in order for the speech of all participants to be recorded consensually. The majority of states within the U.S. have single party consent laws. However, other states have laws that require more than one person’s consent to record a spoken conversation. 

For instance, there are states in which the consent of all involved parties is required in order to consensually record a conversation, regardless if there are two people participating in the conversation or ten. To add another layer of complexity to the discussion, it is often difficult to define what consent means exactly, given this context.

Many states simply interpret consent to mean that each party on a call must be explicitly informed that they might be recorded. In these cases, consent is given if the parties continue the conversation after being informed that it might be recorded, and thus the consent is implied. 

However, the lawful recording of conversations becomes ever more complex due to the fact that many phone calls cross state lines. In scenarios where a phone call includes more than one state’s laws, it becomes exceedingly difficult to properly sort out legal challenges.  

To learn more about single party consent states, please refer to the data in the charts.

Recording Party Laws by State

Alabama - Recording Party Laws

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Alaska - Recording Party Laws

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Arizona - Recording Party Laws

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Arkansas - Recording Party Laws

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California - Recording Party Laws

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Colorado - Recording Party Laws

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Connecticut - Recording Party Laws

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Mixed

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Delaware - Recording Party Laws

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District of Columbia - Recording Party Laws

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Florida - Recording Party Laws

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Georgia - Recording Party Laws

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Hawaii - Recording Party Laws

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Idaho - Recording Party Laws

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Illinois - Recording Party Laws

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Indiana - Recording Party Laws

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Iowa - Recording Party Laws

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Kansas - Recording Party Laws

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Kentucky - Recording Party Laws

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Louisiana - Recording Party Laws

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Maine - Recording Party Laws

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Maryland - Recording Party Laws

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Massachusetts - Recording Party Laws

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Michigan - Recording Party Laws

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Minnesota - Recording Party Laws

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Mississippi - Recording Party Laws

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Missouri - Recording Party Laws

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Montana - Recording Party Laws

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Nebraska - Recording Party Laws

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Nevada - Recording Party Laws

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Mixed

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New Hampshire - Recording Party Laws

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New Jersey - Recording Party Laws

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New Mexico - Recording Party Laws

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New York - Recording Party Laws

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North Carolina - Recording Party Laws

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North Dakota - Recording Party Laws

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Ohio - Recording Party Laws

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Oklahoma - Recording Party Laws

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Oregon - Recording Party Laws

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Mixed

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Pennsylvania - Recording Party Laws

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Rhode Island - Recording Party Laws

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South Carolina - Recording Party Laws

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South Dakota - Recording Party Laws

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Tennessee - Recording Party Laws

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Texas - Recording Party Laws

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Utah - Recording Party Laws

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Vermont - Recording Party Laws

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Virginia - Recording Party Laws

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Washington - Recording Party Laws

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West Virginia - Recording Party Laws

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Wisconsin - Recording Party Laws

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Wyoming - Recording Party Laws

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