The History of Vital Records in Alabama

Birth and death records were supposed to be registered with a county health officer starting in 1881, but many counties didn't comply until Alabama law made it mandatory to register births and deaths and turn the records over to the state starting January, 1908.

Marriage licenses have been required since before Alabama was a state (1799), and the early ones were issued by the clerk of the Orphans Courts in the county of the brides residence.

Divorce decrees were tried by the Chancery Court but the state legislature finalized them. These early divorce records were published in the Senate & House Journals.

Records by County (Alabama county contact addresses for vital records and other information.)

How to Obtain an Alabama Birth Certificate:

Alabama birth certificates are not public records until 125 years from the date of birth. Only the person named on the birth certificate or their immediate family or legal representative has access to these records.

By Mail:

(Records start in 1908)

Send $12.00 check or money order
and this form to:

Dept. of Public Health
Alabama Vital Records
P. O. Box 5625
Montgomery, Al 36103

Order Online: VitalChek

Certified copies of Alabama birth certificates can also be obtained in person at any county health department in the state of Alabama. For records earlier then 1908 contact the Orphan's Court in county of birth.

Correcting birth records.

Adoptees born in Alabama may obtain non-certified informational copies of their original birth certificates upon reaching the age of 19. Also available at this time are documents the birth parents may have included with the original birth certificate, such as medical history and contact preference. Adoptee Seeking Original Birth Information

How to Obtain an Alabama Death Certificate:

Alabama death certificates are not public records until 25 years from the date of death. Only the immediate family or legal representative of the person named on the death certificate has access to these records.

By Mail:

Send $12.00 check or money order
and this form to:

Dept. of Public Health
Alabama Vital Records
P. O. Box 5625
Montgomery, Al 36103

Order Online: VitalChek

Certified copies of Alabama death certificates can also be obtained in person at any county health department in the state of Alabama. For records earlier then 1908 contact the Orphan's Court in county of death.

Correcting death records.

How to obtain an Alabama Marriage Record:

By Mail:

Send $12.00 check or money order
and this form to:

Dept. of Public Health
Alabama Vital Records
P. O. Box 5625
Montgomery, Al 36103

Order Online: VitalChek

Certified copies of Alabama marriages earlier than 1936 must be obtained from the probate office in the county where the marriage license was issued.

How to obtain an Alabama Divorce Record:

(also called a Divorce Decree)

By Mail:

Send $12.00 check or money order
and this form to:

Dept. of Public Health
Alabama Vital Records
P. O. Box 5625
Montgomery, Al 36103

Order Online: VitalChek

Divorce records earlier than 1950 must be obtained from the circuit court in the county where the divorce was granted.