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Criminal History


How can I obtain or challenge my Alabama criminal history record?

  1. Complete and sign the ALEA “Application to Review Alabama Criminal History Record Information” form (Appendix A). The application must also be signed by two witnesses or be signed by a notary.
  2. Attach one (1) copy of your valid photo identification to the completed application. (see Appendix B for instructions)
  3. Attach two completed FBI-Applicant Fingerprint cards of your fingerprints to the completed application. These can be taken at local Sheriff’s office or police departments. See Appendix C for instructions.
  4. Attach the required $25.00 administrative fee (in the form of a Cashier’s check or money order payable to ALEA Records and Identification Unit) to the completed application. Additional copies are $5.00 each if ordered at the same time. Sorry - no personal or business checks accepted.
  5. Mail the completed application and attachments listed above to:
Records & Identification Division
P.O. Box 1511
Montgomery, Alabama 36102-1511
ATTN: Background Checks
Please allow a minimum of 4-5 weeks from the date the application is received by ALEA for ALEA to process each request for review. Requests to Challenge criminal history record information do not fall under this timeframe, as they require additional research, contact and verification with the arresting agencies.

For questions concerning this procedure, you may contact ALEA by calling (334) 353-4340. ALEA business hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. (No fingerprinting after 4:30 PM)

Can I obtain the criminal history of another person through ALEA?

No. ALEA may only provide criminal histories to: (1) law enforcement entities for approved criminal justice purposes or (2) individuals requesting their own criminal history.

The only exception is ALEA's ability to provide an employee or potential employee's Alabama criminal history to approved employers who subscribe to the Alabama Background Check (ABC) System. This may only be provided with the written permission of the employee or prospective employee on whom the check is to be performed. For more details, please visit http://background.alabama.gov.

Can employers subscribe to run Alabama criminal history background checks through ALEA?

ALEA does have the ability to provide approved employers who subscribe to the ALEA’s “Alabama Background Check (ABC) System” with an employee or potential employee's Alabama criminal history. The secure, web-based Alabama Background Check system allows qualifying employers to subscribe to access the most up to date, comprehensive Alabama criminal records available for current and prospective employees. Once approved, subscribers may use the system to check the Alabama criminal records on employees or prospective employees, provided the individual has provided the employer with the “right to know” in the form of a signed ABC report waiver. Please visit  http://background.alabama.gov/ to see if you or your business qualifies to subscribe.

Can I check my own federal (FBI) criminal history?

Yes. The U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73 established rules and regulations for the subject of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Identification Record to obtain a copy of his or her own federal records for review. The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division processes these requests. You may find out more about this process, and its requirements, at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-checks