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About Alabama Public Record Searches

The open records and meeting laws in Alabama were first initiated in 1923, 43 years prior to the federal Freedom of Information act of 1966. Open record statutes also known as sunshine laws were written into law to offer its citizens a transparent government of all levels. Exceptions to open record laws include personal information of an individual, a case under investigation and other sensitive data under the state's disclosure statutes. There are 67 counties in the state of Alabama and 460 towns and cities. Each county and city comprise of agencies ranging from law enforcement to its own judicial branches. The Alabama public records directory lists where records can be obtained directly from government agencies and its departments. Criminal records in Alabama can be obtained by requesting a background check from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Criminal Records and Identification Unit. Alabama's courts and departments provide the public with criminal case filings, bankruptcies, vital records which include births, deaths, marriage and divorces.

Alabama Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Alabama Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

  • Court Name:U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the Middle District of Alabama
    Case Number:18-12025
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the Middle District of Alabama
    Case Number:14-30222
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Southern District of Alabama
    Case Number:1:18-cv-00482
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Southern District of Alabama
    Case Number:1:18-cv-00481
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Middle District of Alabama
    Case Number:2:18-cr-00475-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Southern District of Alabama
    Case Number:1:18-cr-00309-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 08, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov

Search for Questions, Answers and Comments About Alabama

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Questions, Answers and Comments About Alabama

  • Q: Are probated wills on file anywhere?
    By anonymous
    Feb 25, 2018
    Reply:

    At the probate court in the county where the deceased lived (in some instances owned property). The probate clerk's office will have a website which will tell you how and where you can either view or request copies. If the will was in probate, the case and its documents are routinely requested.

    By adam12
    Apr 24, 2018
  • Q: How can I access to my public records for free?
    By Christy
    Jun 25, 2016
    Reply:

    The best way I've found to look up records on your own is to dig them up where ever you can find them, similar to being a private investigator. One major advantage you have over others searching for your records, is that you know your history. With that, you know where you've lived and are most likely to have records. For example, you would know which county to look for court filings. Another advantage is the privacy protections versus public records access. The privacy of the records are not an issue when they're of your own as opposed to your average background check. You can look at restrictions on the record providers' webpages individually throughout your search. You will also learn about what is public to others, such as a bankruptcy. You know if you had one, but they are not always easy to locate, require fees and only show limited information due to privacy restrictions. A seasoned private investigator can have better outcome based on their professional know how in their field. There is a list of public record providers on this page and many others and county level. You can start with state and county agencies directly using this directory and the open public court search above that is free. There are many records open to the public, however, this does not mean they are all without cost as a number government departments.

    By admn1
    Jul 27, 2016
    Reply:

    You can search the posts on individual cities throughout the state of Alabama.

    By aa
    Mar 16, 2017
  • Q: How to find information about a unsolved murder?
    By samantha
    Jan 23, 2017
    Reply:

    The state of Alabama's government public website publishes unsolved homicides as well as some organizations which show missing persons and others which are also unsolved. Police reports, which are requested from the department, are considered to be public records, however, there are restrictions if the case is under investigation and possibly others factors. The policy and process in obtaining the police report is spelled out on the department's records web-page.

    By abc123
    Feb 24, 2017
  • Q: If a warrant was issued in 2013 Would there still be a copy of it 2016? And can I receive a copy? Scottsboro, Alabama
    By Cathy
    Jun 11, 2016
    Reply:

    Warrants are court issued and individual clerks have sites with procedures to obtain public records.

    By Carlos
    Aug 11, 2016
  • Q: How do I find answers to someone's criminal past if I know they are a convicted felon?
    By Pam
    May 30, 2016
    Reply:

    There are different ways to find past criminal information for different scenarios if you're looking to do a free search on your own, such as whether the person is still incarcerated, where the person was tried. If you're not sure, and don't know much else, you will most likely need cast a larger net for your search. There are a few places you can check regardless. The Alabama DOC has a free online inmate search if the person is currently in their custody, as their site states. The local sheriffs departments or other law enforcement, have their own jail and inmate population lists. For Mobile Alabama, I noticed some of the dates went back more than a year. Mobile is not the only one, you will need to look into other counties individually, Baldwin shows current inmates and a 24 hour booking log of recent arrests. You can see what the cost if any of looking up court records onsite, where and how to request these court records are generally stated on their webpage.

    By admn1
    Jun 21, 2016
  • Q: If some one turned them self in to the police will it be available to see. If so where can I look to view it from my understanding he turned himself in but is out for touch a child.
    By candy
    May 25, 2016
    Reply:

    Check inmate lists, chances are the department which made the arrest has an inmate, booking or jail list. They're free and open searches to the public, so it's worth the time to check. Some of the inmate lists show more information than others, but without knowing which department made the arrest, it's hard to be more specific.

    By adm
    Jun 21, 2016
  • Q: Is there an current warrant for me??
    By Stacie
    Feb 22, 2016
    Reply:

    You can check the latest news wires below for current arrests, and you can click to see more arrests going back further in time also. The source is also shown if there's a name search you can take advantage of. Some of the warrant searches are in county level links. You can navigate to your county and check.

    By adm
    May 12, 2016
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Alabama Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

Alabama Most Wanted and Warrants

View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

  • Preston Scott Tatum is wanted on a Grand Jury Indictment For Burglary 3rd Degree and Theft of Property 3rd degree. Anyone with information about the location of this wanted person may contact Shoals Area Crime Stoppers or Russellville Police. You may remain anonymous.
    June 07, 2018
    Source: russellvillepd.org
  • Sara Jean Pounders is wanted on a Grand Jury Indictment For Theft of Services 3rd degree. Anyone with information about the location of this wanted person may contact Shoals Area Crime Stoppers or Russellville Police. You may remain anonymous.
    June 07, 2018
    Source: russellvillepd.org
  • Miguel Lopez Ortiz is wanted on a Grand Jury Indictment For Rape 1st degree (2 counts) Rape 2nd degree Sexual Abuse of a Child less than 12 years old (2 counts) and Incest. Anyone with information about the location of this wanted person may contact Shoals Area Crime Stoppers or Russellville Police. You may remain anonymous.
    June 07, 2018
    Source: russellvillepd.org
  • Jeffrey Shane Hargett is wanted on a Grand Jury Indictment For Theft Of Property 1st degree. Anyone with information about the location of this wanted person may contact Shoals Area Crime Stoppers or Russellville Police. You may remain anonymous.
    June 07, 2018
    Source: russellvillepd.org
  • Rose Maria Hall is wanted on a Grand Jury Indictment For Forgery 3rd degreee (4counts) Theft of Property 4th degree. Anyone with information about the location of this wanted person may contact Shoals Area Crime Stoppers or Russellville Police. You may remain anonymous.
    June 07, 2018
    Source: russellvillepd.org
  • Jeremy Wayne Tucker is wanted on a Grand Jury Indictment For Recieving Stolen Property 1st degree. Anyone with information about the location of this wanted person may contact Shoals Area Crime Stoppers or Russellville Police. You may remain anonymous.
    June 07, 2018
    Source: russellvillepd.org

Alabama Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing Child - Dallas Goodwin
    Dallas Goodwin, A White Female Was Last Seen In Florence, Alabama.comments: On November 15, 2018, Dallas Marie Goodwin Went Missing And Her Last Known Location Was At The University Of North Alabama Campus In Florence, Al. She Was Last Seen Wearing Red Sweatpants And A Dark Green Rain Jacket. Dallas Also Was Carrying A Pink Backpack And Black Computer Bag. Her Direction Of Travel Is Unknown At This Time. If Anyone Has Any Information Regarding The Whereabouts Of Dallas Marie Goodwin, Please Contact The Florence Police Department At 256-760-6610.
    November 14, 2018
    Source: alea.gov
  • Missing: Rebecca Winters
    Rebecca Winters, Age Now: 16, Missing: 10/29/2018. Missing From Chelsea, Al. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Shelby County Sheriff's Office (alabama) 1-205-669-4181.
    November 07, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Raylynn O'neal
    Raylynn O'neal, Age Now: 16, Missing: 11/05/2018. Missing From Semmes, Al. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Mobile Police Department (alabama) 1-251-208-7211.
    November 07, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Omar Solis-morales
    Omar Solis-morales, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/13/2018. Missing From Birmingham, Al. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Birmingham Police Department (alabama) 1-205-328-9311.
    November 05, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Tyisha Graham
    Tyisha Graham, Age Now: 16, Missing: 10/26/2018. Missing From Dothan, Al. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Dothan Police Department (alabama) 1-334-793-0215.
    October 31, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing Child - Desirea Brown - Desirea Brown
    Desirea Brown, A Black Female Was Last Seen In Huntsville, Alabama.desirea Brown, A Black Female Was Last Seen In Huntsville, Alabama.comments: On October 17, 2018, Desirea Lucille Brown Left Her Residence And Has Not Returned. Her Direction Of Travel Is Unknown At This Time. If Anyone Has Any Information Regarding The Whereabouts Of Desirea Lucille Brown, Please Contact The Huntsville Police Department At (256) 722-7100.
    October 24, 2018
    Source: alea.gov

Alabama Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Alabama Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Dallas Goodwin, a White Female was last seen in Florence, Alabama.Comments: On November 15, 2018, Dallas Marie Goodwin left her residence and has not returned. She was last seen wearing red sweat pants, a green raincoat, and high-top tennis shoes and carrying a pink backpack and a black computer bag. She was last seen at the University of North Alabama campus. Her direction of travel is unknown at this time. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Dallas Marie Goodwin, please contact the Florence Police Department at (256) 760-6610.
    November 15, 2018
    Source: alea.gov
  • Lisa Jones, a Black Female was last seen in Florence, Alabama.Comments: On November 8, 2018, Lisa Marie Jones left her residence and has not returned. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Lisa Marie Jones, please contact the Florence Police Department at (256) 760-6610.
    November 13, 2018
    Source: alea.gov
  • Amy Jarvis, a White Female was last seen in Mobile, Alabama.Comments: On October 27, 2018, Amy Page Jarvis was last seen in the 6800 block of Airport Boulevard. She has tattoos of paw print on her chest and shoulder, a rosary on her ankle, and names on her foot. Her direction of travel is unknown at this time. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Amy Page Jarvis, please contact the Mobile Police Department at (251) 208-7211.
    November 07, 2018
    Source: alea.gov
  • An Pham, a Asian or Pacific Islander Male was last seen in Alexander City, Alabama.An Pham, a Asian or Pacific Islander Male was last seen in Alexander City, Alabama.Comments: The Alexander City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating An Van Pham. Mr. Pham is a 60 year old white male and may be suffering from a condition that may impair his judgement. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and floral sweat pants in the area of I and O street in Alexander City, Alabama around 10 pm on October 31, 2018. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of An Van Pham, please contact the Alexander City Police Department at (256) 234-3421 or call 911.
    October 31, 2018
    Source: alea.gov
  • Elgia Gordner, a White Male was last seen in Mobile, Alabama.Comments: The Mobile Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating Elgia Frederick Gordner. Mr. Gordner is an 87 year old white male five feet ten inches tall, weighs 160 pounds, has white hair and may be suffering from a condition that may impair his judgement. He was last seen wearing a white hat, blue and white stripe button down shirt, and blue jeans near Inn Road and Tillmans Corner Parkway in Mobile, Alabama around mid-morning on October 30, 2018. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Elgia Frederick Gordner, please contact the Mobile Police Department at (251) 208-7211 or call 911.
    October 29, 2018
    Source: alea.gov
  • Carlton Ott, a White Male was last seen in Dothan, Alabama.Carlton Ott, a White Male was last seen in Dothan, Alabama.Comments: The Dothan Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating Carlton Lamar Ott. Mr. Ott is an 78 year-old white male and may be suffering from a condition that may impair his judgement. He was last seen at his residence in the Dothan area on October 29, 2018 around 9:00 am. He may be travelling in a white 2014 Nissan truck with a black bed cover, Alabama tag 38BC618. His direction of travel is unknown at this time. He was last seen wearing khaki shorts and a Hawaiian style black and gold shirt. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Carlton Lamar Ott, please contact the Dothan Police Department at (334) 793-0215 or call 911.
    October 28, 2018
    Source: alea.gov

Alabama Latest Crime Records (Updated 11/16/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    20,727
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    276
  • Rape:
    2,005
  • Robbery:
    4,701
  • Aggravated Assault:
    13,745
  • Total Property Crime:
    154,094
  • Burglary:
    39,715
  • Larceny Theft:
    104,238
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    10,141

Alabama Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    4,779,736
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    4,447,382
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    8%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    332,636
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    4,447,100
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    315,210
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    1,128,864
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    14%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    651,049
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    52%
  • State's white resident population
    3,275,394
  • State's black resident population
    1,251,311
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    28,218
  • State's Asian resident population
    53,595
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    3,057
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    71,251
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    185,602
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    3,204,402
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    69%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    26%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    4%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    67%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Alabama
  • Births
    64,804
  • Deaths
    46,696
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    641
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    84%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Alabama Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    3%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    4%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    81%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    22%
  • Total number of Veterans
    403,962
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in Alabama
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    24 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    2,182,343
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    218,484
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    11%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    71%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $111,900
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    16%
  • Total number of households
    1,819,441
  • Average size of households
    2
  • Alabama Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $22,732
  • Statewide income of median households in Alabama
    $40,547
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    18%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $149,991
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $32,419
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    2,112,566
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    212,418
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    10%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    2,618,073
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    201,651
  • People employed by the government
    409,942
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    107,728,492
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    41,148
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    103,875
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    311,388
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    6,426,342
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Alabama
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    382,449
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    15%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    28%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    112,858,843
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    52,252,752
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    57,344,851
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    12,364
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Alabama territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    13,266
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    1,664,278
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    9,033,537
  • Size in square miles of land
    50,744
  • Population per square mile
    94
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