Alabama Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)

Alabama Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)
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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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in Alabama, if there is a current warrant for me?
    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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • How can I find in Alabama, information on a businessman by the first name John, who was murdered by his son-in-law in the late 1970's?
    Check with the local publications/periodicals, they can be found online. Sometimes, the local library keeps old publications on micro-fish or a searchable database. A lot of the luck depends on where the event happened and whether it was covered. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Alabama, copies of child support warrants?
    Sheriff's webpages (the one I checked was Mobile) searches 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. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Alabama, if someone has a warrant out for their arrest?
    Warrants are generally issued by courts and judges. Once the warrants are issued/granted, the police department posts them online, such as the one shown in DeKalb, Mobile counties and others. Some of the warrant searches show up under court services such as Jefferson county. There are other sites with inmate lists, but if you stay closest to the source, which are the police departments and law enforcement agencies, you will be able to view the most current list. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Alabama, if a death in July 2015, is being investigated?
    You can check periodicals and press releases, where was the event? (Staff)
  • Where can you find in Alabama, if someone has a warrant for their arrest?
    Call the county you suspect the warrant to be in. The sheriffs dept will tell you (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Alabama, access to divorce records?
    Center for Health Statistics is in charge of the vital records office which provides marriage, birth, death and divorce records online. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Alabama, if someone was arrested?
    A local inmate search of local arrests in police department custody. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Alabama, Gregory Goodwin's death records?
    Death records are issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health for the entire state. You can also look into requesting from individual county clerks, but, any records outside of that county are not going to be available. Death certificates go back to 1908, however, records within the past 25 years are deemed confidential in the state of Alabama. Confidential records are available to the mother, father, spouse, children and siblings of the person named on the death certificate. Grandchildren showing entitlement, estate representative or information listed on the certificate can also be qualified. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Alabama, the number of DUI's from 2010?
    You can get these stats from local agencies. Also, periodicals such as online news sites publish stats in the early months of the following year. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in Alabama, if I have any convicted felons living near me?
    You are able to see recently arrested individuals by checking the local jails' inmate searches. The search needs to be conducted be from one county/agency to another. There is also an offender search which the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency site (SBI) offers freely to the public. Other means to see criminal records are courts and crime maps, however, these are local searches. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Alabama, a active warrant on me?
    Warrant searches can be conducted by visiting individual sheriffs department websites. Much of it depends on the county where the warrant is issued. Mobile sheriffs offices offers a free and open warrant search online. Larger venues tend to have better free public resources online. (Staff)
  • Where can I find an arrest record for 2002 in Alabama?
    Specific arrest records can be requested directly from the arresting police agency. Since the arrest is not recent, past newswires may have information with a location or name search. If the person has been convicted, some information can appear with a DOC search also. A simple state background check can have information for a low fee. If the physical location of the court is nearby, a visit may be worth it as some courthouses you can just walk in and conduct a search of their filings. Most courts have a site listing their services for the public to use. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Alabama, why government employee's salaries are accessible to the public, but not a private individual's pay?
    In the case of government employees, there are 2 factors that make their salaries public as opposed to others in the workforce. Government departments or entities receiving funds from government must make their expenditures open to the public per federal, state and local laws. This is so that taxpayers, concerned citizen groups, reporters or others that are interested for any reason can see where the funds are going and how they're being spent. The other factor is that government employees are based on a set pay scale or pay grade. In many cases this does not disclose any information about a specific person's pay, invading their privacy or reveal non public background data. However, there are some instances where salaries that are found under a name. These are salaries not falling in pay scales are made available to the public to show bonuses, retirement and public funds received not disclosed anywhere, such as a pay scale or reports. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in an Alabama, district court docket from august 29, 2012, when my fiance went to court?
    Court calendars with case information and their details can be found by directly accessing the county or local court website. The Alabama Judicial System's website is a good place to start and individual district court websites may have their own calendar search also. (Staff)