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Alabama Public Records

Alabama was explored by Europeans as early as 1519, although the Alabama territory wasn’t established by the U.S. until 1817. With all this history, there are many types of public records available, both with historic and current value. Popular Alabama public records include vital records, but there are restrictions.  Alabama birth records are restricted for 125 years and death records for 25 years. These vital records, plus Alabama marriage records and divorce records, can be requested from the Alabama Center for Health Statistics.  If you are looking for Alabama court records, they are available online for a fee or at the local court that handled the case. To request your own Alabama criminal records, visit the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC).  However, only law enforcement and authorized employers may request a third party’s criminal records. To explore historic public records, like Alabama military records, cemetery and vital records and obituaries, visit the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

  • Authorized recipients may request Alabama birth records, death, marriage and divorce records from the Alabama Center for Health Statistics. Requests can be made in person at your local health department branch, by mail, or online through VitalChek.
  • Alabama court records may be viewed in person at the specific courthouse that heard the case.  Alternatively, you can view them online through Just One Look for access to civil, criminal, family, traffic and small claims cases for a fee.
  • Individuals may request personal Alabama criminal records through ACJIC. Requests are accepted by mail.
  • View historic Alabama cemetery records and military records, plus obituaries, stored at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Admittance is free.
  • About Alabama Public Records

    Alabama does restrict access to birth and death records; however authorized recipients may always request these vital records. This includes the person of record, a family member, legal guardian or someone with a court order. Otherwise, these Alabama public records don’t become public record for 125 years for birth records and 25 years for death records. For those performing genealogy research, this policy shouldn’t interfere your progress significantly. Alabama marriage records and divorce records are unrestricted, meaning anyone may request these records.

    Although vital records are recorded by the state health department, each county has a local branch that can satisfy in-person inquiries. Other restricted records include access to statewide criminal records. Historic vital records are stored through the state branch and can be requested just like current vital records. A criminal records report can only be issued to the person of record for informational purposes.

    Obtaining Public Records Online in Alabama

    If you want the luxury of performing an Alabama public records search online, then you can start searching Alabama court records. The state court system offers a public access web portal called Just One Look, which allows anyone to perform a name-based search or a case number search for court records. Specifically, civil, criminal, child support, domestic relations, small claims and traffic cases are included in this database. There is a charge to access these Alabama online public records.

    Researching criminal court records is the only way around Alabama’s restriction on conducting a background search on a third party because criminal records, unless sealed, are open records. Although vital records may be ordered online, you cannot, by law, search through an online database.

    Performing an Historic Alabama Public Records Search

    The Alabama Department of Archives and History is an important resource for those performing genealogy or historical research related to Alabama. There is an enormous records collection housed in this department that is open for public inspection. Included are Alabama military records from multiple conflicts, including the American Revolution, War of 1812, Texas War for Independence, Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War.

    Alabama cemetery records are housed in the Archives Department and are included with some church records. There are also several links available to digital cemetery records for Alabama. Also preserved are numerous Alabama newspapers, many of which feature obituaries and can be researched mostly on microfilm.

    An Alabama public records search should include exploring the records collections at the Archives. They have many online indexes available to help narrow down your search before visiting the Research Room in Montgomery. If a visit isn’t feasible, fill out a reference request form and submit it, along with the appropriate fee, and a staff member will perform your research for you and mail copies of any information discovered.



     
    State of Alabama Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    4,900,661

     
    Under 18:
    1,537,123

     
    Over 65:
    625,756

     
    Employed:
    2,042,590

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    50,744.00

     
    Acres of Farms:
    8,387,904

     
    Births:
    60,453

     
    Deaths:
    47,090

     
    Infant Deaths:
    471

     
     
    Murder:
    353

     
    Forcible Rape:
    1,617

     
    Robbery:
    7,346

     
    Assault:
    11,795

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    20,732

     
    Burglary:
    50,408

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    126,477

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    13,458

     
    Total Property Crime:
    190,343

     
    Alabama Public Records Locations
    Alabama Department of Public Safety
    Accident Records
    PO Box 1471
    Montgomery, AL 36102-1471
    Phone:
    334-242-4241










    Attorney General's Office
    State House
    11 S. Union Street, 3rd Fl
    Montgomery, AL 36130
    Phone:
    334-242-7300

    Fax:
    334-242-4891










     
    Center for Health Statistics
    Record Services Division
    PO Box 5625
    Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
    Phone:
    334-206-5418

    Fax:
    334-262-9563










    Secretary of State
    Corporations Division
    PO Box 5616
    Montgomery, AL 36103-5616
    Phone:
    334-242-5324

    Fax:
    334-240-3138










     
    Alabama Bureau of Investigation
    Identification Unit - Record Checks
    PO Box 1511
    Montgomery, AL 36102-1511
    Phone:
    334-353-4340

     
    334-353-7800










    Center for Health Statistics
    Record Services Division
    PO Box 5625
    Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
    Phone:
    334-206-5418

    Fax:
    334-262-9563










     
    Center for Health Statistics
    Record Services Division
    PO Box 5625
    Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
    Phone:
    334-206-5418

    Fax:
    334-206-2659










    Department of Public Safety
    Driver Records-License Division
    PO Box 1471
    Montgomery, AL 36102-1471
    Phone:
    334-242-4400










     
    State Dept of Education
    GED Testing Office
    401 Adams Ave #280
    Montgomery, AL 36104
    Phone:
    334-353-4886

    Fax:
    334-353-5191










    Governor's Office
    600 Dexter Ave, #N-104
    Montgomery, AL 36130
    Fax:
    334-353-0004










     
    Alabama Department of Corrections
    Central Records Office
    PO Box 301501
    Montgomery, AL 36130
    Phone:
    334-353-9500

     
    334-353-3883










    Alabama Legislature
    State House
    11 S Union St
    Montgomery, AL 36130-4600
    Fax:
    334-242-8819










     
    Center for Health Statistics
    Record Services Division
    PO Box 5625
    Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
    Phone:
    334-206-5418

    Fax:
    334-262-9563










    Department of Public Safety
    Sexual Offender Registry
    PO Box 1511
    Montgomery, AL 36102-1511
    Phone:
    334-353-1172

    Fax:
    334-353-2563










     
    State of Alabama
    Archives & History Department
    PO Box 300100
    Montgomery, AL 36130
    Fax:
    334-240-3433










    Administrative Office of Courts
    300 Dexter Ave
    Montgomery, AL 36104-3741
    Phone:
    334-954-5000

     
    866-954-9411










     
    UCC Division - SOS
    UCC Records
    PO Box 5616
    Montgomery, AL 36103-5616
    Phone:
    334-242-5231










    Motor Vehicle Division
    Alabama Dept. of Revenue
    PO Box 327610
    Montgomery, AL 36132-7610
    Phone:
    334-242-9006

    Fax:
    334-353-8038










     
    Secretary of State-Elections Division
    PO Box 5616
    State Capitol E-208
    Montgomery, AL 36103
    Phone:
    334-242-7210

    Fax:
    334-242-2444