The Alabama computerized criminal history (CCH) repository is maintained and administered by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC). This repository consolidates criminal history identification, arrest, judicial disposition, custody and supervision information provided by other agencies into a criminal history format which documents a subject’s contacts with the criminal justice system in Alabama.
Under Alabama law, ACJIC is charged with providing individuals with the mechanism and procedures to view and/or challenge their own Alabama criminal history record information. Alabama law does not, however, permit an individual to request and/or access the criminal history of another individual, as Alabama is not an open records state.
The following information outlines this procedure, which was established by the ACJIC Commission. The following information is designed to assist citizens with these requests. Additional questions may be directed to ACJIC by calling 334.517.2450.
How can I obtain or challenge my Alabama criminal history record?
- Complete and sign the ACJIC “Application to Review or Challenge Alabama Criminal History Record Information” form (Appendix A).
- Attach one (1) copy of your valid photo identification to the completed application. (see Appendix B for instructions)
- Attach a completed FBI-Applicant Fingerprint card of your fingerprintsto the completed application. These can be taken at local Sheriff’s office or police departments. See Appendix C for instructions.
- Attach the required $25.00 administrative fee (in the form of a Cashier’s check or money order payable to the STATE OF ALABAMA) to the completed application. Sorry - no personal or business checks accepted.
- Mail the completed application and attachments listed above to:
Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC)
P.O. Box 300660
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0660
Please allow a minimum of 5-10 business days from the date the application is received by ACJIC for ACJIC to process each request for review. Requests to Challenge criminal history record information do not fall under this timeframe, as they require additional research, contact and verification with the arresting agencies.
For questions concerning this procedure, you may contact the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center by calling (334) 517-2400. ACJIC business hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.
What is included in ACJIC’s Alabama criminal background records information?
The Alabama criminal history record information maintained by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC)—often referred to as an Alabama criminal background check or a “rap sheet”—is a listing of certain information taken from records retained in connection with arrests made by Alabama’s local or state law enforcement agencies. Information submitted to ACJIC by Alabama law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, such as the name of the agency that submitted arrest fingerprints, the date of the arrest, the arrest charge, and the disposition of the arrest, may be included in ACJIC’s Alabama criminal history records check. This data is obtained from arrest fingerprint submissions, disposition reports, and other information submitted by agencies having criminal justice responsibilities. This information is maintained by the ACJIC, the official Alabama criminal history repository and the criminal justice agency responsible for connecting Alabama’s local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Under Alabama law, an individual may request a copy of his or her own Alabama criminal history record information* (CHRI) maintained by ACJIC. The procedure for an individual to request to review, or challenge any inaccuracies or incompleteness of his or her Alabama criminal history record, is outlined above in accordance with Section 265-x-2-.03 of the Alabama Administrative Code. A request to review, challenge and/or to address inaccuracies or incompleteness in an individual’s Alabama criminal history record information may be submitted to ACJIC at any time. Federal arrest and disposition information is not available through an Alabama criminal history records check. Such information should be requested directly from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Can i request someone else’s Alabama criminal history record information?
Under Alabama law, ACJIC may provide an individual’s criminal history records information to: (1) the individual requesting his or her own Alabama criminal history, or (2) to law enforcement entities for approved criminal justice purposes. The only exception is ACJIC's ability to provide approved employers who subscribe to the ACJIC’s “Alabama Background Check (ABC) System” with an employee or potential employee's Alabama criminal history.
Can employers subscribe to run Alabama criminal history background checks through ACJIC?
ACJIC does have the ability to provide approved employers who subscribe to the ACJIC’s “Alabama Background Check (ABC) System” with an employee or potential employee's Alabama criminal history. The secure, web-based Alabama Background Check system allows qualifying employers to subscribe to access the most up to date, comprehensive Alabama criminal records available for current and prospective employees. Once approved, subscribers may use the system to check the Alabama criminal records on employees or prospective employees, provided the individual has provided the employer with the “right to know” in the form of a signed ABC report waiver.
Please visit background.alabama.gov to see if you or your business qualifies to subscribe.
Can I check my own federal (FBI) criminal history?
Yes. The U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73 established rules and regulations for the subject of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Identification Record to obtain a copy of his or her own federal records for review. The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division processes these requests. You may find out more about this process, and its requirements, at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-checks
Can I eliminate or expunge an accurate arrests or charges on my criminal record?
Alabama does not have an expungement law. ACJIC may, however, address a challenge of an error or an inaccuracy on a person's Alabama criminal record (see procedure above). For each item challenged, the applicant must state what he or she believes to be the correct information, citing and attaching official documentation (i.e., official documentation from the arresting agency, Case Actions Summary or official Disposition from the court, etc.) to support the challenge.
Can I obtain the criminal history of another person through ACJIC?
No. ACJIC may only provide criminal histories to: (1) law enforcement entities for approved criminal justice purposes or (2) individuals requesting their own criminal history.
The only exception is ACJIC's ability to provide an employee or potential employee's Alabama criminal history to approved employers who subscribe to the Alabama Background Check (ABC) System. This may only be provided with the written permission of the employee or prospective employee on whom the check is to be performed. For more details, please visit www.background.alabama.gov
Can I have my criminal history search results authenticated through an official certification or apostille?
Yes, but NOT through the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC).
Once you receive your NOTARIZED Alabama Criminal History results from ACJIC, you must then:
- Send or take the results to the Alabama Secretary of State's office with the required Secretary of State's Authentication Submittal Form, which may be obtained online at http://www.sos.alabama.gov/AdminServices/Authentications.aspx.
- This form must state whether you wish to obtain an APOSTILLE or an Official CERTIFICATION*, and must be accompanied by AN ADDITIONAL certified check or money order for $5.00, made payable to the Alabama Secretary of State. According to the Alabama Secretary of State's office, the type of authentication document required depends upon the country in which it is to be used: countries which are part of the Hague Convention Number 12 receive apostilles. Documents for all other countries receive certifications.
- * If the request is for an Official CERTIFICATION, each notarized document must also have an additional COUNTY AUTHENTICATION of the notary commission, which may require an additional fee.
- Directions on how to obtain the name and contact information for the office which issues the county certification (which normally is the Probate Judge’s office in the notary’s county of residence, but is the Circuit Clerk in Jefferson County, AL) to ask about this procedure and fee may also be obtained on the Secretary of State's website, http://www.sos.alabama.gov/AdminServices/Authentications.aspx