The State of Alabama maintains the Alabama Justice Information Center or ACJIC website where you can obtain information on how you can do your own criminal history check.
You will be able to find crime statistics information on Alabama's Crime Statistics and Facts, as well as a searchable page on Alabama's current state laws and links to other government agencies. You can read or download annual reports covering the 7 index crimes from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, which include the following:
The Crime in Alabama dashboard will allow you to view the 2009 offenses statewide, by county and by agency. There are also reports in PDF format on the 2009 arrests statewide, by county and by agency. Aside from these statistical reports, you may also download more detailed individual reports on crimes in Alabama from 1977 to 2009. Other reports that you can download are the crime victim statistics for Alabama for the following crimes:
For one who wishes to check his own criminal history as allowed by Alabama Law and U.S. Government regulations, this can be done though the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center. A written request is needed which is accomplished by:
The completed form, the set of fingerprints and the payment should be mailed to The Director, Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, P.O. Box 300660, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0660. If you wish to submit the requirements in person, you have to make an appointment by calling the Public Information Officer of ACJIC at 334-517-2400. You can also request an appointment by sending an email using the contact form available at the ACJIC website.
Your request for review of your own criminal history will begin 5 to 10 working days after your request has been received by ACJIC. ACJIC provides a link to a subscription-based Alabama Background Check that can be used by employers, employees and other interested parties.
If a person has done his own criminal background check for example, as a required document for local or international employment, the report can be authenticated by doing the following:
Processing of the request will take 5 to 10 working days once ACJIC has received the documents. The payment for the required fees should be made in separate checks.
To access Alabama background checks and criminal records, follow the instructions below:
Download the request form Alabama Background Check Request Form.
Fill out the Request for Review of Criminal Records portion on pages 2-3, which includes having fingerprints taken at any law enforcement agency, or fill out the Criminal History Record Challenge beginning on page 4.
Mail the completed form with a $25 fee to ACJIC or call to make an appointment to deliver the form in person.
For additional information, contact the Alabama department below:
Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center.
ACJIC-Information Integrity Division
201 S. Union Street, Suite 300
Montgomery, AL 36130
If you are interested in retrieving Alabama arrest records, you can access the information from the Alabama Department of Corrections. The Department of corrections allows you to search for inmates that are currently incarcerated, but keep in mind that juvenile offenders are not included in the search. Records are updated on a weekly basis.
To find the Alabama arrest record that you need, follow the steps below:
Go online to the Alabama Department of Corrections website to utilize their Alabama Inmate Search.
Provide as much information as possible on the inmate. Inmates can be searched by AIS number and first and last name.
Additional information about inmates and Alabama arrest records can be found by contacting Constituent Services by email via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other information can be received by contacting the Alabama Department of Corrections at:
Alabama Department of Corrections
301 S. Ripley Street
P.O. Box 301501
Montgomery, AL 36130-1501
Where to Find Alabama Criminal Records
Alabama criminal records are maintained by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC). Individuals may obtain personal records by filling out a request form. Take this form to local law enforcement, and they will take fingerprints to include on the form. Then mail the form with a $25 money order or certified check to the ACJIC.
Who Can Obtain Alabama Criminal Records?
In Alabama, individuals may only access their own Alabama criminal record for the purpose of reviewing it. Only law enforcement agencies and qualified employers may obtain Alabama background checks and criminal records on other people.
Challenging a Criminal Record
If an error is found, fill out the request to challenge form and cite each item that is incorrect. If possible, include copies of official documentation to support the changes and return to the ACJIC where it will be reviewed and changed if deemed necessary.