Clay County Background Information
The state of Alabama hosts Clay County. There were 14,326 inhabitants in Clay County in 2020. The county seat is Ashland.
The county was founded in 1866.
It was named in honor of Henry Clay, famous American statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century.
Clay County Arrest Records
In Clay County, arrest records are also kept on each crime within the jurisdictional area. Violent crime and property crime makeup the two categories that Clay County offences are put into. Clay County had 25 violent and 65 property crimes back in 2021.
Clay County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff: James Studdard
41771 Highway 77, Suite 2
Ashland, AL 36251
Phone: (256) 252-4687
Fax: (256) 354-4576
Criminal Records in Clay County
In Clay County, and across the whole state of Alabama the police are necessary to keep an up to date list of all records of criminals. Each individual who’s a sex offender and living, working, attending school, or incarcerated in the Clay County area must be on this list. This register is made available to all residents of Clay County. Citizens living in Clay County can use tools to search for any offenders in the area. This includes any jailed or non-compliant offenders in Clay County.
Clay County Court Records
The circuit court system is in charge of the courts in Clay County. The court clerk is in charge of maintaining all records within Clay County. Clay County records can be accessed at:
Clay County Circuit Court
Clerk: JULIE POE
25 Court Sq
Ashland, AL 3625118
Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm, M-F
Phone: (256) 354-7926
Fax: (256) 354-2444
In the state of Alabama, the Court of Appeals has the power to oversee any lower court case in which one party appeals. The 67 superior and trial courts across the 67 counties, including Clay County, are overseen by the Court of Appeals.
NOTE - Standard records can be transferred to the requested by fax, email, or mail. Clay County official records can only be delivered via mail.
Clay County Public Records
In Clay County, each individual has public information maintained on them. For the State of Alabama including Clay County, The Center for Health Statistics (CHS) operates the vital records system and documents health-related statistical data. Having numerous copies keeps the files secure and they may then be applied for statistical analysis in the future.
The CHS files, stores, and provides certified copies of public record information including birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates for events that occur in Alabama Vital Statistics Image Oriented Network or ViSION, allows vital records being issued through all Alabama county health departments, an automated vital records system.
All Clay County occupants can access and copy all public vital records as per Alabama Open Records Law which was enacted in 1923. This permits citizens in Clay County to access, inspect and take a copy of public records. Members of the public in Clay County can apply for records personally at:
Clay County Probate Court
Tammy Sprayberry, Clerk
25 Court Square
Ashland, AL 36251
Phone: (256) 354-2198
Fax: (256) 354-4778
Clay County comes with a charge per copy. For instance, birth certificates in Clay County cost $15.00 for the first copy, and $6.00 for any additional copy obtained at the same time. Death records in Clay County cost $15.00 for the first copy, and $6.00 for every copy after that. Marriage certificates in Clay County will set a person back $15.00 for a first copy and $6.00 for each after. Finally, the first divorce record purchased will cost $15.00 in Clay County, with each added costing $6.00.
NOTE - Anyone looking to get records in person should be aware that the office opens between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST on Monday to Friday. Those looking to request reports must also bring some form of photo identification. This could include a driver’s license or state ID. All Clay County requests for records must be put in writing.