Requesting a background check for yourself is not the same as obtaining one of another's. The privacy issue makes the difference in what you can obtain and how. The purpose of the request also makes a difference in whether you are an employer, private or government and so forth. The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC) has a service to request your own criminal search, this is not the same as a full background check you may expect from other sources. The term background check can mean solely a criminal past from records of arrest and prosecution (a'RAP' sheet) or with other services which can mean a check of other public records such as property, courts and from other agencies. If you are testing to see how well it works on yourself then order for future hires, the Alabama Background Check System (ABC) is geared toward servicing employers.