Alabama Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
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How To Get a Alabama Background Check Report

How To Get a Alabama Background Check Report

The state Law Enforcement Agency is the government entity in charge of background checks for the state. 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.

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

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. 

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

The reasons that businesses use background checks are when offering credit or financing, 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: 

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests and Warrants
  • Bankruptcy Filings          
  • Legal Judgments
  • Liens 

  • Birth Records

  • Marriages and Divorces 

  • Property Records

  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership

  • Current and Past Addresses

  • Phone and Email Address

  • Professional Licenses

  • Relatives and Associates

  • Social Media Accounts and More

AL Criminal Background Checks

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. 

Gun Background Check

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.

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 474,294 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Alabama

State # of conducted handgun checks
Illinois 259,554
Virginia 253,744
Washington 202,826
Georgia 157,027
Louisiana 121,441

States With More Long Gun Checks than Alabama

State # of conducted long gun checks
Ohio 218,183
Virginia 192,279
Pennsylvania 165,494
Michigan 123,678
Louisiana 122,080

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

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, AL is one of the few states with no guidance or 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. 

Employment Protection

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.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

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. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 188 victims of online romance scams in Alabama, resulting in $2.8 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 142 404,535
20 - 29 576 384,132
30 - 39 571 788,327
40 - 49 559 1,391,898
50 - 59 555 1,289,694
Over 60 658 3,814,578
InfoTracer background reports may not be used to determine credit or employment eligibility, for tenant screening, or for any other purpose which requires FCRA compliance