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Jefferson County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Jefferson County Arrest Records?

Jefferson County arrest records refer to official records that contain comprehensive summaries of apprehensions in the county following criminal activities or a court issuing arrest warrants. These documents can be reports of the total number of arrest incidents within a stated time or about the number of times an individual has been arrested in the county.

Jefferson County arrest records are generated by the law enforcement agencies that carried out the arrest, such as the Sheriff’s Office or local police departments. An individual’s record contains information like the person’s name, date of birth, gender, date/time of arrest, name of arresting agent/agency, and so on. Note that these documents do not contain conviction details and should not be used in place of criminal conviction records.

Crime Statistics

Jefferson County recorded a total of 31,929 crimes in 2016. This figure represents a 6.2% drop in overall crime rate compared to 2015. In 2016, there were 104 homicides, 305 rapes, 1,496 robberies, and 3,977 assaults in the county. Incidences of property crimes include 6,380 burglaries, 17,288 larceny thefts, and 2,379 motor vehicle thefts.

From 2015 to 2016, incidences of all crimes fell except for motor vehicle theft and assault. The motor vehicle theft rate rose by 2.6%, while assault incidents increased by 6.7%. On the other hand, homicide, rape, and robbery rates fell by 7.1%, 10.6%, and 9.9%, respectively. The year-on-year crime trend in Jefferson County also shows that the larceny rate decreased by 8.4%, and the burglary rate shrank by 9%.

What are Jefferson County Criminal Records?

Jefferson County criminal records are documents about an individual’s criminal history in the county that are collated from different criminal justice agencies in the territory. Also called rap sheets, these documents are like a combination of Jefferson arrest records and court records because they provide information on the apprehension, prosecution, and disposition of offenders. Information contained in these records include:

  • Name, date of birth, gender, and nationality of the subject
  • Mugshot and physical descriptions
  • Fingerprints
  • Jefferson arrest records
  • Indictments and convictions

Individuals can conduct background checks from local police agencies, courts, and the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).

How Do I Get Jefferson County Criminal Records?

The Records Department of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for maintaining criminal justice records such as felony and misdemeanor reports, accident reports, and subpoena compliance. To obtain these records, visit the Birmingham Headquarters of the Sheriff’s Office located at:

2200 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 325-5700

The Department of Criminal Justice Services of the State Bureau of Investigations also provides statewide criminal records. For public check, visit the Criminal Records Identification Unit website and download the application to review form. Fill and mail with $25 fees as well as government-issued ID to:

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Criminal Records and Identification Unit
ATTN: Record Challenge
P.O. Box 1511
Montgomery, AL 36102-1511

On the other hand, approved companies can obtain criminal records for employment purposes by using the Alabama Background Check System (ABC). Call (866) 740-4762 or (334) 353-4340 for further information. Also, visit or contact the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court where cases held to obtain conviction details. Requesters need to have relevant case numbers, names, and dates to facilitate the search.

How to Find Jefferson County Sex Offender Information?

The Sheriff's Office has a Sex Offender Notification Unit made of a sergeant and four deputies. This unit registers classifies and tracks sex offenders living in the county. It also investigates crimes involving sex offenders. To find information about the registered sex offenders living in Jefferson County, visit the Offender Search page for the state. Members of the public can use this resource to search for offenders by name, zip code, and street address. The search page can also pull information for non-compliant sex offenders.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Jefferson County Jail?

Visitors are allowed in the two correctional facilities every day except Mondays and Fridays. Inmates in these facilities can have a maximum of two visits per week, 45 minutes per session, and two adults and two children (above three years old) per visit. For children under three years, appointments can only be on the first Sunday of the months. Visitors 16 years old or under must visit with a legal guardian or adult parent, while persons 17 years of age or older must present valid state-issued identification or valid driver's license.

The two correctional facilities in Jefferson County are:

Birmingham Jail
809 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North
Birmingham, AL 35203-0122

Bessemer Jail
1822 2nd Avenue North
Bessemer, AL 35020

Call (205) 325-5670 for Birmingham Jail rules, (205) 481-4160 for Bessemer Jail rules, or visit the Corrections Division webpage of the County Sheriff’s site.

Where and How to Find Jefferson County Inmate Information?

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office maintains records for both county jails and provides a handy online inmate locator tool for locating individuals incarcerated in these facilities. Use the Inmate Search to find inmates by name, booking number, and booking date.

What are Jefferson County Court Records?

Jefferson County court records are documents that provide information about the judicial proceedings of any Circuit, Family, Probate, District, or Municipal Courts in the county. These documents can be in paper, electronic, or other formats. These include audio recordings, transcripts of hearings, electronic filings, sworn statements, dockets, decrees, and so on.

The Birmingham and Bessemer Divisions of the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama are the state trial courts located in Jefferson County. Their records are available on Alabama’s ON-DEMAND Public Access Trial Court portal. Use this web resource to search for case numbers and names. Jefferson public records on the portal include those for civil, criminal, state traffic, and small claims cases as well as child support and domestic relations documents. Users have to register on this website to search for court documents. Access fees vary from $9.99 for a case number or name search to $19.99 and $29.99 to monitor District and Circuit Court cases until their conclusions.

The Clerk and Register Division is responsible for maintaining the records of Jefferson County Family Court. Direct inquiries about case files and dockets to this Phone: (205) 325-5444 for cases involving juveniles and (205) 325-5803 for cases involving only adults.

Jefferson County Probate Court records are available online on the Landmark Web Official Records Search portal. Use this search tool to find marriage and real estate records. The portal has electronic copies of deeds, liens, PLATS, marriage licenses, and mortgage records.

Location of All Courts in Jefferson County

Jefferson County Circuit Court
Jefferson County Courthouse
716 Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard North,
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 325-5355

Jefferson County Circuit Court
Jefferson County Criminal Justice Center
801 Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard North,
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 325-5285
Fax: (205) 325-8754

Jefferson County Circuit Court
Domestic Relations of Jefferson County
2124 7th Avenue North,
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 325-5400

Jefferson County Circuit Court
Bessemer Justice Center
1851 2nd Avenue North,
Bessemer, AL 35020
Phone: (205) 497-8510

Jefferson County Family Court
1801 3rd Avenue North,
Bessemer, AL 35020
Phone: (205) 744-3500

Jefferson County Family Court
120 2nd Court North,
Birmingham, AL 35204
Phone: (205) 325-5491

Jefferson County District Court
Bessemer Justice Center
1851 2nd Avenue North,
Bessemer, AL 35020
Phone: (205) 497-8510

Jefferson County District Court
Jefferson County Criminal Justice Center
801 Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard North,
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 325-5285
Fax: (205) 325-8754

Jefferson County District Court
Jefferson County Courthouse
716 Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard North,
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 325-5355

Jefferson County Family Court
1801 3rd Avenue North,
Bessemer, AL 35020
Phone: (205) 744-3500

Jefferson County Family Court
120 2nd Court North,
Birmingham, AL 35204
Phone: (205) 325-5491

Jefferson County Probate Court
Jefferson County Courthouse
716 Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard North,
Room 115,
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 325-5420

Jefferson County Probate Court
1801 3rd Avenue North,
Bessemer, AL 35020
Phone: (205) 481-4102

Adamsville Municipal Court
4828 Main Street,
Adamsville, AL 35005
Phone: (205) 674-5671

Bessemer Municipal Court
23 North 15th Street,
Bessemer, AL 35020
Phone: (205) 426-8602
Fax: (205) 481-4384

Birmingham Municipal Court
David J. Vann Municipal Justice Center
801 17th Street North,
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 254-2161
Fax: (205) 254-2896

Brighton Municipal Court
3700 Main Street,
Brighton, AL 35020
Phone: (205) 425-8934

Brookside Municipal Court
Brookside Town Hall
2711 Municipal Lane,
Brookside, AL 35036
Phone: (205) 674-9275

Fairfield Municipal Court
5231 Court B,
Fairfield, AL 35064
Phone: (205) 783-6019

Fultondale Municipal Court
1210 Walker Chapel Road,
P.O. Box 699,
Fultondale, AL 35068
Phone: (205) 841-1430
Fax: (205) 423-6787

Gardendale Municipal Court
1309 Decatur Highway,
P.O. Box 889,
Gardendale, AL 35071
Phone: (205) 631-7155
Fax: (205) 631-7156

Graysville Municipal Court
246 South Main Street,
P.O. Box 130,
Graysville, AL 35073
Phone: (205) 674-5643
Fax: (205) 674-5646

Homewood Municipal Court
1833 29th Avenue South,
Homewood, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 332-6268

Hoover Municipal Court
2020 Valleydale Road,
Hoover, AL 35244
Phone: (205) 444-7526
Fax: (205) 444-7542

Hueytown Municipal Court
1318 Hueytown Road,
P.O. Box 3650,
Hueytown, AL 35023
Phone: (205) 491-5728
Fax: (205) 491-5795

Irondale Municipal Court
101 South 20th Street,
Irondale, AL 35210
Phone: (205) 951-1414

Kimberly Municipal Court
9256 Stouts Road,
P.O. Box 206,
Kimberly, AL 35091
Phone: (205) 647-5531

Leeds Municipal Court
1400 9th Street,
Room 100,
Leeds, AL 35094
Phone: (205) 699-0913
Fax: (205) 719-6559

Lipscomb Municipal Court
5512 Avenue H,
Lipscomb, AL 35020
Phone: (205) 428-6374

Midfield Municipal Court
725 Bessemer Super Highway,
Midfield, AL 35228
Phone: (205) 923-3542

Morris Municipal Court
8304 Stouts Road,
P.O. Box 163,
Morris, AL 35116
Phone: (205) 647-0596

Mountain Brook Municipal Court
56 Church Street,
Mountain Brook, AL 35213
Phone: (205) 802-3828
Fax: (205) 870-3590

Pleasant Grove Municipal Court
501 Park Road,
Pleasant Grove, AL 35127
Phone: (205) 744-1721

Tarrant Municipal Court
1604 Pinson Valley Parkway,
Birmingham, AL 35217
Phone: (205) 802-2804

Trafford Municipal Court
9239 East Commercial Avenue,
Trafford, AL 35172
Phone: (205) 647-3751

Trussville Municipal Court
131 Main Street,
P.O. Box 159,
Trussville, AL 35173
Phone: (205) 655-8352
Fax: (205) 661-4069

Vestavia Hills Municipal Court
1032 Montgomery Highway,
P.O. Box 660854,
Vestavia Hills, AL 35266
Phone: (205) 978-0121
Fax: (205) 978-0209

Warrior Municipal Court
215 Main Street,
Warrior, AL 35180
Phone: (205) 647-0520
Fax: (205) 647-0551

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What are Jefferson County Vital Records?

Jefferson County vital records are documents that provide information on the life events that happened to persons within the county jurisdiction. These events include births, divorces, marriages, and deaths that are recorded or licensed by county or state departments. Vital records are considered to be Jefferson County public records. However, birth and death records have limited access until 125 and 25 years after the event, respectively. Only parties who are mentioned in the document, close relatives, and legally authorized persons can obtain these records until they become open after the stated period.

Where and How to Get Jefferson County Divorce Records

The Alabama Center of Health Statistics maintains divorce records from 1950 to the present for all the counties in the state. To obtain divorce records prior to this date, visit the appropriate circuit court where the divorce was finalized in Jefferson County. Interested persons should download and complete a Vital Event Certificate Request Form (also available in Spanish) and bring this to any of these three offices of the Jefferson County Health Department:

Central Health Center (Guy M. Tate)
1400 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 933-9110

Eastern Health Center
601 West Blvd Roebuck
Birmingham, AL 35206
(205) 591-5180

Western Health Center
631 Bessemer Super Hwy
Midfield, AL 35228
(205) 715-6121

It is also possible to request for these Jefferson public records by mail. To do so, send the completed form along with photocopies of a valid ID and a check or money order for copy fees, to:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625

Make the check or money order payable to the State Board of Health. The Vital Records Division charges $15 for the first certified copy of a divorce certificate, while each additional certificate of the same record ordered at the same time attracts a reduced fee of $6.

Where and How to Get Jefferson County Marriage Records

The Alabama Center of Health Statistics maintains marriage records from August 1939 to the present for all the counties in the state. To obtain marriage records prior to this date, visit the probate office in Jefferson County where the license was issued. Interested persons should download and complete a Vital Event Certificate Request Form (also available in Spanish). Bring this to any of these three offices of the Jefferson County Health Department:

Central Health Center (Guy M. Tate)
1400 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 933-9110

Eastern Health Center
601 West Blvd Roebuck
Birmingham, AL 35206
(205) 591-5180

Western Health Center
631 Bessemer Super Hwy
Midfield, AL 35228
(205) 715-6121

It is also possible to request for these records by mail. To do so, send the completed form along with photocopies of a valid ID and a check or money order for copy fees, to:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625

Make the check or money order payable to the State Board of Health. The Vital Records Division charges $15 for the first certified copy of a marriage certificate, while each additional certificate of the same record ordered at the same time attracts a reduced fee of $6.

Where and How to Get Jefferson County Birth Records

The Alabama Center of Health Statistics maintains birth records from 1908 to the present for all the counties in the state. Eligible persons should download and complete a Vital Event Certificate Request Form (also available in Spanish) and bring this to any of these three offices of the Jefferson County Health Department:

Central Health Center (Guy M. Tate)
1400 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 933-9110

Eastern Health Center
601 West Blvd Roebuck
Birmingham, AL 35206
(205) 591-5180

Western Health Center
631 Bessemer Super Hwy
Midfield, AL 35228
(205) 715-6121

It is also possible to request for these records by mail. To do so, send the completed form along with photocopies of a valid ID and a check or money order for copy fees, to:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625

Make the check or money order payable to the State Board of Health. The Vital Records Division charges $15 for the first certified copy of a birth certificate, while each additional certificate of the same record ordered at the same time attracts a reduced fee of $6.

Where and How to Get Jefferson County Death Records

The Alabama Center of Health Statistics maintains death records from 1908 to the present for all the counties in the state. To obtain a death certificate, download and complete a Vital Event Certificate Request Form (also available in Spanish). Bring this to any of these three offices of the Jefferson County Health Department:

Central Health Center (Guy M. Tate)
1400 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 933-9110

Eastern Health Center
601 West Blvd Roebuck
Birmingham, AL 35206
(205) 591-5180

Western Health Center
631 Bessemer Super Hwy
Midfield, AL 35228
(205) 715-6121

It is also possible to request for these records by mail. To do so, send the completed form along with photocopies of a valid ID and a check or money order for copy fees, to:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625

Make the check or money order payable to the State Board of Health. The Vital Records Division charges $15 for the first certified copy of a death divorce certificate, while each additional certificate of the same record ordered at the same time attracts a reduced fee of $6.

Are Property Records Open to the Public in Jefferson County?

In accordance with Alabama’s Public Records Law, Jefferson County property records are open to members of the public. The legislation states that the public can investigate the information on a public record.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Jefferson County

The Jefferson Probate Court Clerk is the keeper of the county's property records. The Clerk charges $1 per page, but requests for copies of plats are billed $15 per page. Interested parties may also purchase a certified copy at $2 per document. Record seekers may obtain copies of a property record by visiting the office in person or by sending a written mail request. Requests received by mail will require the names of buyers and sellers (if the seller is known), date of sale, and the address of the subject party/property.

716 Richard Arrington
Jr Blvd N #130
Birmingham, AL 35203

How to Look Up Jefferson County Property Records

The Office of the Jefferson County Probate Court Land Records, also known as the Record Room has an online search portal that contains the county's land records. The public can search the website by name, document, book/page, consideration, record date, instrument number, and can also search for legal property documents not sealed by law.

Unregistered users can search the portal but will only be able to view a watermarked first page of the document and index. Only registered users can print copies of a property record online for $2 per page, payable via Credit Card. Large volume or frequent registered users can also subscribe for $125 per month. With this fee, they can search full documents at $1 per page. The provided copies will not contain a watermark.

Location of Jefferson County Property Assessors

Jefferson County Tax Assessor
Room 170
716 Richard Arrington
Jr. Boulevard N.
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 325-5505