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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.

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Questions, Answers and Comments About Alabama

  • Q: Where do I go to find out who is handling a will? (Alabama)
    By stacey
    Jul 23, 2018
  • 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 recieve a copy ? State Ala .City 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: Is there a website I can see that has a list of recently died residents of Alabama.
    By Deanie
    Jul 12, 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

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Alabama Missing Children

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

  • Missing: Brooke Partridge
    Brooke Partridge, Age Now: 18, Missing: 08/29/2018. Missing From Mobile, Al. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Mobile Police Department (alabama) 1-251-208-7211.
    September 18, 2018
  • Missing Child - Astrid Walker - Astrid Walker
    Astrid Walker, A White Female Was Last Seen In Orange Beach, Alabama.astrid Walker, A White Female Was Last Seen In Orange Beach, Alabama.comments:
    September 17, 2018
  • Missing Child - Jackson Luckie
    Jackson Luckie, A White Male Was Last Seen In Marbury, Alabama.comments: Jackson Luckie Was Last Seen At His Home Around 9 P.m. On Sunday, September 16, 2018, In The 2000 Block Of Autauga County Road 57 In Marbury, Al And Has Not Been Seen Since. He Was Last Seen Wearing A Black Shirt, Black Shorts Or Blue Jeans, And Black Tennis Shoes. Luckie Is 5?5?, Weighs Approximately 160lbs, And Blue Eyes And Blonde Hair. His Direction Of Travel Is Unknown At This Time, But He May Be Riding His Black And Green 15-speed Bicycle. If Anyone Has Any Information Regarding The Whereabouts Of Jackson Luckie, Please Contact The Autauga County Sheriff?s Office At (334) 361-2500.
    September 16, 2018
  • Missing: Keri Kemp
    Keri Kemp, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/03/2018. Missing From Opelika, Al. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Opelika Police Department (alabama) 1-334-705-5200.
    September 11, 2018
  • Missing Child - Alexia Clark
    Alexia Clark, A White Female Was Last Seen In Wilmer, Alabama.comments: On September 6, 2018, Alexia Nell Clark Left Her Residence And Has Not Returned. Her Direction Of Travel Is Unknown At This Time. She Was Last Seen Wearing A Blue/gray Mary G. Montgomery Shirt And Dark Shorts. If Anyone Has Any Information Regarding The Whereabouts Of Alexia Clark, Please Contact The Mobile County Sheriff's Office At (251) 574-8633.
    September 07, 2018
  • Missing Child - Landen Bearce
    Landen Bearce, A White Male Was Last Seen In Grand Bay, Alabama.comments: On September 3, 2018, Landen R. Bearce Left His Residence And Has Not Returned. He Was Last Seen Walking North On Henderson Camp Road In Grand Bay, Alabama. If Anyone Has Any Information Regarding The Whereabouts Of Landen Bearce, Please Contact The Mobile County Sheriff?s Office At (251) 574-8633.
    September 03, 2018

Alabama Missing People

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

  • Christy Mayorga, a White Female was last seen in Gadsden, Alabama.Comments: Christy Lelia Dawn Mayorga was last seen at a park on Cherry Street on September 14, 2018 in Gadsden, Alabama. Her direction of travel is unknown at this time. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Christy Lelia Dawn Mayorga, please contact the Gadsden Police Department at (256) 549-4500.
    September 18, 2018
  • Joe Ezell, a Black Male was last seen in Mobile, Alabama.Comments: Joe Lewis Ezell was last seen in the area of Virginia Street and Broad Street in Mobile, Alabama on July 27, 2018. His direction of travel is unknown at this time. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Joe Lewis Ezell, please contact the Mobile Police Department at (251) 208-1829.
    September 13, 2018
  • Michael Godwin, a White Male was last seen in Muscadine, Alabama.Comments: On July 28, 2015, Michael ?Steven? Godwin left his residence and has not returned. He was last seen in the Muscadine Community in Cleburne County, Alabama. His direction of travel is unknown at this time. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Michael ?Steven? Godwin, please contact the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation at (205) 942-9620.
    September 11, 2018
  • Natalie Johns, a White Female was last seen in Florence, Alabama.Comments: On 9/3/2018, Natalie Johns left her residence and has not returned. She may be traveling in a 2007 Gray BMW 335 with AL Tag 41GG624. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Natalie Johns, please contact the Florence Police Department at 256-760-6610.
    September 04, 2018
  • Keith Matthews, a White Male was last seen in Florence, Alabama.Comments: On 8/230/2018, Keith Nelson Matthews left his residence and has not returned. He was last seen in Florence, Alabama. His direction of travel is unknown at this time. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Keith Nelson Matthews, please contact the Florence Police Department at 256-760-6610.
    August 30, 2018
  • Breannia Malone, a White Female was last seen in Russellville, Alabama.Comments: On August 29, 2018, Breannia Lashea Malone left her residence and has not returned. She was last seen wearing a teal and green tank top and a black choker necklace. Her direction of travel is northwest of Russellville, Alabama. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Breannia Malone, please contact the Russellville Police Department at (256) 332-2230.
    August 29, 2018

Alabama Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/19/2018)

  • 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
  • 2009 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
  • 2009 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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