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Alabama Vital Records
In Alabama, the Office of Vital Records maintains all state level vital records, which includes the documents relating to a person’s life events, such as births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. These files can include divorce decrees, divorce certificates, and other divorce records, as well as birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, marriage certificates. The files are all kept in one central vital record registry and can then be used for statistical analysis further down the line.
Divorce records are issued after the registration of the event by government officials in Alabama. When a person or couple files for a divorce or annulment, records of this event are stored along with all other state vital files in the central registry. These records may include divorce certificates and divorce decrees, as well as other divorce-related files. It depends on the state in question as to whether the documents can be accessed and copied by the public. In 2017, there was an Alabama divorce rate of 3.7 per 1,000 inhabitants. Each divorce record copy costs $15 in Alabama.
Marriage records are also handed out by government officials in the state of Alabama, after the wedding/event is registered. Marriage records are split into three categories in Alabama, 1799-March 3 1817 (Mississippi territory), 1818-1957 (Alabama territory/state), and 1936-present day. In 1799, a law was passed in the Mississippi territory that included present-day Alabama. It required marriages licenses/bonds to be registered in the bride’s county of residence at the Orphans Court. However, in 1888, bonds were not required unless the groom was under 21, or the bride under 18. The Probate Court collected these records within the license-issuing county. State-wide marriage records began in 1936, with records being kept by the Alabama Department of Public Health. In 2017, there was an Alabama marriage rate of 7 per 1,000 inhabitants. Each marriage record copy costs $15 in Alabama.
Birth records refer to the certificates distributed upon the birth of each and every single child in the state of Alabama, or a certified copy of that document. Birth records are split into three main categories, before 1881, 1881-1908, and 1908-present. There were no government records of pre-1881 births, but some were recorded by the church. Individual counties were required to register births from 1881 onwards. However, not all births were registered as some counties were slow to comply, and some records have since been lost or destroyed. A state-wide registration of births in Alabama began in 1908, which was complied with by 1927. Records are kept by the Alabama Department of Public Health, and are confidential for 125 years after the birth. In 2017, there were 58,936 births across Alabama. Each birth record copy costs $15 in Alabama.
Death records in the state of Alabama relate to the copy of information from a person’s death certificate upon their passing. Death records are split into three main categories, before 1881, 1881-1908, and 1908-present. . A state-wide registration of deaths in Alabama began in 1908. Individual counties were required to register births from 1881 onwards. However, not all births were registered as some counties were slow to comply. Copies of death certificates are filed with the Alabama Center for Health Statistics. Each death record copy costs $15 in Alabama.
Why are these records available to the public?
The Alabama Public Records Law was passed in 1923, with the most recent amendments coming in 2004. This law aims to ensure that all members of the public in the state have the fundamental right to access all public records. Public records held by the state and local government may be accessed and copied by state residents.
To access files:
Alabama Department of Public Health
Center for Health Statistics
The RSA Tower
201 Monroe Street, Suite 1150
Montgomery, AL 36104