Alabama Public Records
In Alabama, Code Section 36-12-40 says that the public has a right to examine or make a copy of government “writings” which are basically anything recorded by the state (paper, film, videos, audio recordings, photographs, and electronic media). Exceptions are juvenile offender records, school records, certain financial statements, tax returns, probation reports, and anything that could create a security threat.
Below you’ll find the Alabama online databases that we think will help you find the information you need. If you’re looking for city or county records, Alabama licensure databases, or would like to search records by category, use the drop-down menus to the left.
- Court System The Alabama court system has four levels. At the first are the limited jurisdiction courts: Probate Courts, which handle wills & estates; Municipal Courts, which handle ordinance violations; and District Courts, which handle misdemeanors, small claims, and civil cases under $3,000. They share concurrent jurisdiction with the Circuit Courts on juvenile & civil cases between $3,000 and $10,000. At the second level are the general jurisdiction Circuit Courts, which try civil cases over $10,000, domestic relations cases, & felony criminal cases. At the third level are the Court of Civil Appeals and Court of Criminal Appeals, which review opinions from the lower courts. The highest state court is the Supreme Court of Alabama, which reviews all lower court decisions. Alabama does provide an online resource for trial court records in all counties, but unlike many other states that provide this as a free service, Alabama charges a registration and monthly service fee. Go to our Court Records page for more information and to access the available free court searches.
- Criminal Records Jefferson, Madison, Marshall, and Tuscaloosa Counties have separate criminal divisions within each Circuit and District Court. Most felony cases are tried at the Circuit Courts. Misdemeanors committed with felonies are tried with the felonies in Circuit Court. Otherwise, misdemeanors are tried at the District or Municipal Court. DWI/DUI cases are handled in the District and Municipal Courts. Alabama has a wide range of criminal record resources online. You may access criminal court records in all counties through the State Judicial System, criminal histories, inmates, and parole violators, just to name a few. For a list of available resources, use the menu or go here.
- Vital Records To order certificates, write to Alabama Vital Records, P.O. Box 5625,Montgomery, AL 36103-5625, (334) 206-5418; Fax: (334) 262-9563 or use VitalCheck online. For more information on vital records and to access available online databases, use the "Category" menu on the left and select births, deaths, marriage records, or divorces. We've consolidated them into one page and offer access to archived birth records, FamilySearch genealogy birth, death, and marriage databases, the Social Security Death Index for Alabama, Alabama deaths from 1881 to 1974, cemetery & death records from available counties, statewide historical marriages, and various county marriage databases.
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|Campaign Contributions |
Search the Alabama Secretary of State database for Campaign Contributions and Disbursements.
|City-County Lookup |
Provided by the Alabama Secretary of State. Use this service to find the name of the county in which a particular city or town is located.
|Corporations and Companies | Business Entity Search |
Alabama Secretary of State service. Search for business entities by name, ID number, Officer/Agent/Incorporator, month and year, date, or registration ID. The database includes Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Limited Partnerships, non-profits, professional and unincorporated associations, insurance companies, and quite a few more.
|Court Records | All Counties Pay Site|
State Judicial Information System database of trial court data for all 67 counties. Includes criminal, civil, domestic cases, traffic and warrant filings. Registration, registration fee, and a monthly subscription fee is required.
|Criminal Histories Pay Site|
Alabama Department of Public Safety Criminal Information Center criminal history database for qualified employers.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Alabama Criminal Records. Search statewide or nationwide by name & DOB or age. Largest database of criminal records available on the Internet: over 400 million records.
|Felony Fugitives |
Search Alabama Department of Public Safety records for Alabama felony fugitives by name, status, city, or state.
|Official Website of the State of Alabama |
Visit the Alabama official web page. Well organized, it provides a useful search feature, a social media portal, interactive maps, Alabama history, genealogy resources, information for residents and businesses, access to government services, employment and education resources, all access through well-designed menus.
|Registered Offenders |
Use this Alabama Department of Public Safety service to search for registered offenders in your community by last name and county, city, or zip code; or do a radius search up to 25 miles from a given address.
|Unclaimed Property |
Type in your name and find if you own any unclaimed property in Alabama. Allows you to file a claim for the property on the website.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Alabama Secretary of State UCC filings. Search free by name, date, month and year, or filing number, or use their fee-based subscription service option to do advanced searches and obtain document copies.
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|Attorney General Opinions |
Search the Alabama Attorney General opinion database by keyword, opinion number, date, county and/or agency.
|Bankruptcies, Judgments & Tax Liens Pay Site|
Premium database of bankruptcies, tax liens, and judgments. Find record in Alabama or Nationwide for only $5.00. Searchable by name, name and address, or SSN/Tax ID. Immediate results.
|Child Support Online Payment Inquiry |
Child Support Enforcement Division Online Payment Inquiry system, now offered by myalabama.gov. Intended for custodial parents to locate child support payment information.
|Civil War | Soldiers & Officers |
Search for Alabama Civil War Soldiers & Officers by name, branch regimental unit, company unit, or company unit name. Currently only those records for individuals whose last names begin with A - V are available.
|Code of Alabama |
Provided by the Alabama Legislative Information System Online. Search by keyword or browse the Complete Alabama state law.
|County and City Governments |
Search this National Association of Counties (NACO) service for Alabama county and city government information.
|County Election Officials |
This search facility will provide you with the mailing addresses and phone numbers for the election officials in each of Alabama's 67 counties: Board of Registrars, Judge of Probate, Circuit Clerk, and Sheriff.
|Court Opinions |
Provides links to Alabama state law information. Provides other services to subscribed members.
|Crash Reports Pay Site|
Purchase a crash report from the Department of Public Safety. Follow the steps, then enter your criteria, select your report, and pay by credit card online. Results come in a pdf document format.
|Deaths 1908-1974 |
Alabama Death certificates filed between 1908 and 1974. Provides, if available, the decedent's name, death date, place, age, estimated birth date, spouse's name, and parents' name.
|Fair Campaign Practices - PAC Acronyms |
Browse Alabama political action committee abbreviations (Pacronyms). Gives information about PAC, including officers, contact information, status, and purpose.
|Fair Campaign Practices - PAC Information |
Search Alabama political action committees (PACs) by abbreviation (Pacronym), PAC name, or name of Chairperson/Treasurer. Gives information about PAC, including officers, contact information, status, and purpose.
|Find People |
Find addresses, phone numbers, and relatives. Free summary of names. Small fee for detailed reports.
|Marriages 1816-1957 |
Alabama marriages recorded between 1816 and 1957. Contains over 1.5 million records.
|Missing | Children |
Alabama Department of Public Safety database of missing children. Search by name, status, city, and state.
|Photographs | Archives |
Search the Alabama Department of Archives and History by name, place, or subject for archived Alabama photographs.
|Probate Judges |
Browse this Alabama Secretary of State list of County Probate Judges by County name. Provides county name, name of the Judge of Probate, address, and phone number.
Browse this Alabama Secretary of State list of County Board of Registrars by County name. Provides county, address, and phone number.
|State Bar |
Search for a member of the Alabama state bar by name, city, state, firm, or law school. Gives contact information and date of admittance to bar.
|State Employee Phone Directory |
Search the Alabama state employee phone directory by first/last name and department to view information including name, phone, department and city.