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About Alabama Open Public Record

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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Alabama Free Public Records Directory

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

Alabama Free Court Records Search

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Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Alabama
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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 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.
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  • 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.
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  • How to find information about an unsolved murder?
    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.
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  • How do I find answers to someone's criminal past if I know they are 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.
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  • If someone 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?
    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.
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Alabama Arrest Records

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

Alabama Most Wanted and Warrants

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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

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

  • Missing Child - Mykala Peoples
    Mykala Peoples, A White Female Was Last Seen In Muscle Shoals, Alabama.comments: On July 1, 2020, Mykala Rose Peoples Left The Area Of Woodward Avenue And Avalon And Has Not Returned Home. She Was Last Seen Wearing An Orange Jumpsuit. Her Direction Of Travel Is Unknown At This Time. If Anyone Has Any Information Regarding The Whereabouts Of Mykala Rose Peoples, Please Contact The Muscle Shoals Police Department At (256) 383-6746.
    July 05, 2020
  • Missing Child - Michael Hernandez - Michael Hernandez
    Michael Hernandez, A White Male Was Last Seen In Westover, Alabama.michael Hernandez, A White Male Was Last Seen In Westover, Alabama.comments: On May 14, 2020, Michael Hernandez Left His Residence And Has Not Returned. His Direction Of Travel May Be To Alexander City, Al. If Anyone Has Any Information Regarding The Whereabouts Of Michael Hernandez Please Contact The Shelby County Sheriff?s Office At 205-669-9116.
    June 21, 2020
  • Missing Child - Madison Steinhauer
    Madison Steinhauer, A White Female Was Last Seen In Daphne, Alabama.comments: On June 15, 2020, Madison Elizabeth Steinhauer Left Her Residence And Has Not Returned. Her Direction Of Travel May Be To The Gulf Shores Area. If Anyone Has Any Information Regarding The Whereabouts Of Madison Steinhauer, Please Contact The Daphne Police Department At (251) 620-0911.
    June 16, 2020
  • Missing Child - Kennedy Boardman
    Kennedy Boardman, A White Female Was Last Seen In Madison, Alabama.comments: On June 10, 2020, Kennedy Chae Boardman 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 Kennedy Chae Boardman, Please Contact The Madison Police Department At (256) 772-6243.
    June 10, 2020
  • Missing Child - Angela Rester
    Angela Rester, A White Female Was Last Seen In Theodore, Alabama.comments: On June 9, 2020, Angela Cheyenne Rester 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 Angela Cheyenne Rester, Please Contact The Mobile County Sheriff?s Office At (251) 574-8633.
    June 09, 2020
  • Missing Child - Lesley Coate
    Lesley Coate, A White Female Was Last Seen In Samson, Alabama.comments: The Geneva County Sheriff?s Office Is Asking For The Public?s Assistance In Locating Lesley Chyann Coate Who Was Last Seen On June 9, 2020 In The Samson, Alabama Area. If Anyone Has Information Regarding The Whereabouts Of Chyann Coate, Please Contact The Geneva County Sheriff?s Office At (334) 684-5660.
    June 09, 2020

Alabama Recent Criminal Activity Reports

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

  • Incident ID:949769115
    Case Number:2019078254
    Incident Date:12-15-2019
    Incident Type Primary:SUSPICIOUS-PERSON
    Address of Incident:
    City of Incident:Clanton
    State of Incident:Alabama
  • Incident ID:949771442
    Case Number:2019-011072
    Incident Date:12-15-2019
    Incident Type Primary:Assault Third Degree
    Address of Incident:
    City of Incident:Andalusia
    State of Incident:Alabama
  • Incident ID:949751847
    Case Number:2019078171
    Incident Date:12-15-2019
    Incident Type Primary:THEFT
    Address of Incident:
    City of Incident:Clanton
    State of Incident:Alabama
  • Incident ID:949742666
    Case Number:2019078170
    Incident Date:12-15-2019
    Incident Type Primary:SUSPICIOUS-VEHICLE
    Address of Incident:
    City of Incident:Clanton
    State of Incident:Alabama
  • Incident ID:949742668
    Case Number:2019078164
    Incident Date:12-15-2019
    Incident Type Primary:SUSPICIOUS-INCIDENT
    Address of Incident:
    City of Incident:Clanton
    State of Incident:Alabama
  • Incident ID:949764844
    Case Number:2019-011066
    Incident Date:12-15-2019
    Incident Type Primary:Suspicious Circumstance
    Address of Incident:
    City of Incident:Andalusia
    State of Incident:Alabama

Alabama Missing People

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

  • Cynthia Kunis, a White Female was last seen in Enterprise, Alabama.Comments: On July 4, 2020, Cynthia Lynn Kunis left her residence and has not returned. She was last seen wearing gray short denim jeans and black shoes. She may be in the area of Shellfield Road in Enterprise, AL. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Cynthia Lynn Kunis, please contact the Enterprise Police Department at (334) 347-2222.
    July 06, 2020
  • Arnold Patterson, a White Male was last seen in Albertville, Alabama.Comments: The Albertville Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating Arnold Lee Patterson. Mr. Patterson is a 81 year old white male and may be living with a condition that may impair his judgement. He was last seen on June 22, 2020 in the area of Head Street in Albertville, Alabama around 5:30pm. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Arnold Lee Patterson, please contact the Albertville Police Department at (256) 878-1212 or call 911.
    June 23, 2020
  • Franklin Shirley, a White Male was last seen in Hazel Green, Alabama.Comments: The Madison County Sheriff?s Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating Franklin Francis Shirley. Mr. Shirley is an 82 year old white male and may be living with a condition that may impair his judgement. He was last seen on June 18, 2020 in the area of Doug Campbell Drive in Hazel Green, Alabama around 12pm. Mr. Shirley may be driving a red 2000 Ford Windstar van bearing Alabama tag number 9981AL4 and talked about going to Arkansas. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Franklin Francis Shirley, please contact the Madison County Sheriff?s Office at (256) 722-7181 or call 911.
    June 22, 2020
  • Joy Maddox, a White Female was last seen in Childersburg, Alabama.Comments: The Childersburg Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating Joy Maddox. Ms Maddox is a 65 year old white female with brown eyes and brown hair and may be living with a condition that may impair her judgement. She was last seen on June 21, 2020 wearing black and white pants and a red shirt with brown loafer shoes in the area of 4th Street in Childersburg, Alabama. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Joy Maddox, please contact the Childersburg Police Department at 256-761-1556 or call 911.
    June 20, 2020
  • Earsie Richardson, a Black Female was last seen in Evergreen, Alabama.Comments: The Conecuh County Sheriff?s Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating Earsie Lee Richardson. Ms Richardson is a 81 year old black female with brown eyes and black hair and may be living with a condition that may impair her judgement. She was last seen on June 20, 2020 wearing yellow pajama pants and a red and grey shirt in the area of Long View Road in Evergreen, Alabama. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Earsie Lee Richardson please contact the Conecuh County Sheriff Office at 251-578-1260 or call 911.
    June 19, 2020
  • Irene Campbell, a Black Female was last seen in Birmingham, Alabama.Comments: The Birmingham Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating Irene Campbell. Ms. Campbell is an 83 year old black female may be living with a condition that may impair her judgement. She was last seen on June 15, 2020 wearing denim capri pants and a black top with multicolor design in the area of 43rd Street North in Birmingham, Alabama. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Irene Campbell, please contact the Birmingham Police Department at (205) 254-7777 or call 911.
    June 17, 2020

Alabama Latest Crime Records (Updated 07/07/2020)

  • 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 American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 07/07/2020)

  • Alabama's demographic and housing ACS survey of 4,817,678 being 1.53 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.5% males and 51.5% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Alabama social characteristics data of 1,842,174 households, which make up 1.59 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,240,382 families with and without children. There are 1,215,753 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Alabama American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 3,828,799 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 1.54 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 2,239,169 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Alabama housing characteristics are collected from 2,190,638 dwellings making up 1.65 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 1,842,174 or uninhabited 348,464 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 1,842,174 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

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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