Alabama background checks are handled by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC), working in conjunction with the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts (AOC) and the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS). ACJIC gathers information on criminal cases and arrests from the other two agencies, and centralizes it in a directory. ACJIC information will include the following details for those with access:
- Arrest records – including date of arrest and charge at time of arrest
- Felony and misdemeanor arrests and convictions
- Court records detailing charge at time of filing, the disposition charge, and the court action
- Pending cases
- Criminal court records going back seven years
The state of Alabama has a great interface for conducting employment and other related background checks, but unfortunately if you are a consumer, the choice are very limited. There is no online option, but instead there is the “Request for Review of Criminal Records” which has to be downloaded, printed, and filled out by hand. After you have completed the form, a set of fingerprints will need to be added courtesy of the nearest law enforcement agency. That might cost you as well depending if a fee is assessed. Once the fingerprints have been added, you will then need to mail the form back to the the ACJIC in Montgomery along with a $25 payment. Turn around time is generally 5 to 10 business days.
Mind you, this procedure is obviously only intended for individual use, but if you are able to convince the subject of your search to complete all these steps and pay for the service, this is definitely the best method for acquiring Alabama criminal records. Luckily you can still obtain very comprehensive Alabama records online and below we have included the best resources you can use to get whatever information you want on someone else.