The state Law Enforcement Agency is the government entity in charge of an Alabama background check. They only allow “qualifying employers” to access the information online. Their web-based portal offers the “most up to date, comprehensive criminal records available for current and prospective employees.” Their website states that “all transactions are monitored and logged by ACJIC,” and misuse of the information will result in felony charges. Companies must pay an annual fee of $95 for a subscription and agree to a list of terms and conditions before signing up.
For individuals looking to obtain background or criminal information on someone in the state, the Department of Justice website has dozens of links to courts, local government offices, and state law enforcement. To get a complete picture, they will have to contact various different sources and when doing so, fill out forms and pay the fees.
An official Alabama background report contains felony and misdemeanor arrests, other criminal violations and court records. These records come from the database maintained by the state. Also included will be motor vehicle records such as traffic violations, DUI/DWIs, along with personal details such as name, address, phone numbers, social security number, driver ID number, photographs, height, weight, gender, and race.
Only qualified businesses and employers may access AL background checks. Those that are approved are non-farm business employers, domestic household employers, agriculture and government employers.
One of the reasons that businesses use a background check in Alabama is when offering credit or financing. Others are the sale of insurance, tenant screening, employment purposes, government security clearances, and for issuing permits or licensing.
Public background reports are less formal and for different purposes such as looking up someone’s address, finding a distant relative, roommate screening, before meeting an online date, and checking out a business associate or neighbor. Some of the information aggregated from public and private sources are:
Marriages and Divorces
Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
Current and Past Addresses
Phone and Email Address
Relatives and Associates
Social Media Accounts and More
An Alabama criminal background check reveals a person’s entire criminal history through law enforcement and court records. It will contain information like arrests, charges, warrants convictions, felonies, sex offenses, misdemeanors, police reports, parole, probation and prison time. These reports also show personal details and physical description.
Due to federal law, anyone wishing to purchase a firearm must have an FBI background check performed. The licensed gun dealers run them before sale. This year alone, the state has completed more than 419,900 background checks before the sale of firearms in the state. Alabama does not require a state-level background report when purchasing a gun or rifle and they do not require private sales to perform background checks either. To qualify, you must also provide ID information to the licensed gun dealer before the background is completed. To purchase a gun in the state, you must not have a mental illness, any felonies or drug-related issues.
On average 474,294 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
The state has strict laws about who can access criminal information contained in background checks, and they monitor their web-based service for compliance. They regard misuse as a serious felony offense. However, there is no guidance on Alabama background check laws regarding how an employer can use background check information during the hiring process. Employers are, however, subject to federal regulations on discrimination and background information.
When using a background check for employment, you must obey The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which addresses the accuracy of the report and requires the provider and recipient to verify the validity of the information contained within it. Secondly, you must also follow Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which protects anyone from being discriminated against when using a background check. Employers and government agencies use background checks before hiring someone.
According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use.
In 2017, there have been 188 victims of online romance scams in Alabama, resulting in $2.8 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||576||384,132|
|30 - 39||571||788,327|
|40 - 49||559||1,391,898|
|50 - 59||555||1,289,694|