What You Can Do:
The Alabama Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, has certified copies of birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates available for $15 for the first copy and $6 for additional copies of the same certificate. It’s important to remember when doing Alabama background checks that the fee is for the search. If a certificate is found, it’s included, but if it’s not, the fee still applies. A “Failure to Find” certificate will be sent in these cases.
By Alabama law, birth certificate requests are restricted to the person named on the document or his or her sibling, child, parent or legal guardian. A legal representative for one of these persons is also typically authorized to request a vital record. After 125 years, anyone can request a birth certificate for another person. For death certificates, such as those wanted for Alabama background checks, the time is lowered to 25 years. Marriage and divorce certificates don’t have time restrictions and can be requested by anyone.