Open Public Record Act:
In Alabama, the Open Meetings Act allows you to attend, listen to, and/or record all meetings of governmental bodies that involve the deliberation of public policy or the use of public funds. In short, you can access information regarding the meetings held by agencies, boards, commissions, and even all corporations with members that are either elected or appointed by the state. That is, as long as they are responsible for conducting the people’s business. The exception to this rule is the executive session where public attendance is not allowed. The common executive session exemptions are personal privacy, attorney-client privilege or litigation, security/police information, purchase or sale of property, and union negotiations. You can view meeting notices through the Alabama Open Meetings Act web application or sign up for notifications of meetings.
The Alabama Center for Health Statistics is responsible for filing birth certificates of individuals born in Alabama. The records housed in this office go as far back as 1908. All birth certificates are confidential and have restricted access for 125 years from the date of birth. Only certain individuals may obtain copies of a birth certificate after paying the appropriate fee. These are:
If you wish to obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate, you will be required to pay a fee of $15. Additional copies will cost $6 each. To expedite a request, you will be required to pay an additional $15. Keep in mind that these fees are non-refundable and will need to be paid in check or money order, made payable to “State Board of Health.” Cash will not be accepted.
You can download the application form online and submit it in person, via mail, or order the certificate online. You will need to provide the following information to enable the staff to locate the record. This includes:
Copies of marriage certificates for marriages that have occured in the state of Alabama are available through the Alabama Center for Health Statistics. The records housed in this office date as far back as 1936. Any marriage records prior to that may be obtained from the probate office of the county that issued the marriage license.
Anyone can request a copy of a marriage certificate as long as they provide enough information to the staff to search for the record and pay the appropriate fee. The cost of obtaining a certified copy of a marriage certificate is $15. Additional copies cost $6 each. Only money orders and checks made payable to “State Board of Health” will be accepted. Keep in mind that if you wish to expedite your request, you will need to pay an additional fee. In addition, fees are non-refundable.
To request for a marriage certificate, you will need to submit a completed application form in person or via mail. You can also order a certificate online through VitalChek. The following information may be required in order to help the staff locate the record:
Divorce records dating as far back as 1950 are housed in the Alabama Center for Health Statistics. For divorces prior to 1950, you can get information regarding those records through the Clerk of Circuit Court’s office in the county where the divorce was granted.
You can obtain copies of divorce certificates through Alabama Center for Health Statistics provided that you are able to give enough information to the staff that will enable them to locate the record and pay the appropriate fee.
You will need to submit a completed application form to the office in person or through mail along with the payment. The cost of a certified copy of a divorce certificate is $15 and each additional copy costs $6. Expedited requests will require additional payment. Only money orders and checks made payable to the State Board of Health will be accepted. These fees are all non-refundable. You can also obtain a divorce certificate online through VitalChek.
The information that you will need to provide to the staff include:
Death records in Alabama dating as far back as 1908 are kept in the Alabama Center for Health Statistics. According to the law, access to death certificates is restricted for 25 years from the date of death unless you are one of the following individuals:
Anyone requesting access to restricted death certificates will be required to provide identification such as a State Driver’s License, US or Foreign Passport, US Military ID, or Pilot’s License. Death certificates older than 25 years can be obtained by anyone as long as the appropriate fee has been paid.
The cost of obtaining a certified copy of a death certificate is $15 with each additional copy costing $6. Expedited requires will cost more. Payment can be made via check or money order made payable to the State Board of Health. Cash will not be accepted. Take note that the fees are non-refundable.
To request for a death certificate, you will need to complete an application form and submit it in person or through mail. You can also submit an order online through VitalChek. The following information will be required:
If there is an error on the death certificate, it may be amended. Please call the Center for Health Statistics at (334) 206-2641 for additional information.
Information on a missing person can be found on the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Community Information Center. Each missing person file provides the following information:
If you have information regarding a missing person, you can contact the agency listed in the case file or the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 228-7688 or 001-334-353-1172 during business hours, 8:00am CST – 5:00pm CST, Monday – Friday. You can also send the information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can obtain information about government agencies, bureaus, and commissions within the state of Alabama through the Alabama Department of Archives and History. You can also get biographical information on the individual officeholders such as governors, constitutional officers, and chief justices of the Supreme Court. For example, you can view information on all 54 individuals who have served as governor of the State of Alabama including the current governor, Kay Ivey.