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About Alabama Open Public Records
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.
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  • Are probated wills on file anywhere In Alabama?
    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 telling you how and where to view or request copies. If the will was in probate, the case and its documents are routinely requested.
  • How do I find information about an unsolved murder in Alabama?
    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.
  • How can I have access to my public records for free in Alabama?
    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 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.
  • How do I find out in Alabama, if someone is a convicted felon?
    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. The Alabama DOC has a free online inmate search if the person is currently in their custody. The local sheriff 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.
  • How can I find out if someone has been arrested in Alabama and is out on bail?
    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.
  • Are there any warrants or indictments for me in Alabama?
    If they're from the county, look up the county's law enforcement, you should be able to remember where and which department is the one patrolling that area. Go to their site and look for a search page. Law enforcement includes the district attorney's office (the DA). In Mobile, the DA has a warrant list for unpaid restitution, court costs, or fines. The sheriffs office has a page which you can look up warrant by going through a list or offenders' names. All of these are free, but if you need a full arrest report or generally something from their records division, you will most likely have to fill out the request and pay a fee.
  • Where can I find in Alabama, copies of child support warrants?
    Sheriff's webpages (the one I checked was Mobile) search domestic relations, child support, and contempt of court warrants online. The search is open and free to the public. In some cases, you can see a photo of the person in addition to a brief description, case, and charge information. If you mention the area/district, maybe someone else has personal experience to help.
  • Where can I remove my past criminal history in Alabama?
    The Alabama law enforcement agency's records and identification division, the process takes 5 to 10 days, includes a small fee, can be submitted by mail or individual sheriffs station. It is recommended that you check your own background criminal records first. The state's ALEA search does not include federal criminal records and must be conducted separately through the FBI.
  • Where can I find in Alabama, a copy of my divorce record?
    For divorces filed after 1950, the Alabama Center for Health Statistics provides official vital records. The fee is 15 dollars and you will need to provide some information about the spouse's full name, date of divorce, where the divorce was filed and signature. You can obtain the certificate the same day while you wait by walking in to any county health department physical location throughout Alabama. You can request it online and by mail also.
  • Where can I find in Alabama, a copy of my blueprints?
    Building plans are generally obtained at the local level. You can go directly to the city's webpage, access their official site and look for the probate court. Copies can be requested directly from the records department. This is true with Mobile, other cities may be different.
Alabama Free Public Records Directory

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

Alabama Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    25,046
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    358
  • Rape:
    2,068
  • Robbery:
    3,941
  • Aggravated Assault:
    18,679
  • Total Property Crime:
    131,133
  • Burglary:
    26,079
  • Larceny Theft:
    92,477
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    12,577
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
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