Jefferson County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

Jefferson County recorded a total of 31,929 crimes in 2016, the most recent year with a complete set of crime records. This represent 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. 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 larceny rate decreased by 8.4% and burglary rate shrank by 9%.

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. Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 325-5700

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-complaint sex offenders.

The two correctional facilities in Jefferson County are:

Birmingham Jail
809 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N
Birmingham, AL 35203-0122
Bessemer Jail
1822 2nd Ave. N.
Bessemer, AL 35020

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.

Court Records

The Birmingham and Bessemer Divisions of the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama are 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. Court documents 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 enquiries about case files and dockets to this phone number: (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.

Vital Records

The Alabama Center of Health Statistics maintains birth, death, marriage, and divorce records for all the counties in the state. Its records include birth and death certificates from 1908 to the present as well as marriage certificates from August 1939 and divorce records from 1950 to the present. To obtain marriage and divorce records prior to these dates, visit the probate office and circuit court in Jefferson County respectively.

To obtain a birth, death, marriage, or divorce 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, Alabama 36103-5625

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