Alabama Birth Records


Alabama has been maintaining birth records since
January 1, 1908 when the state passed a law making it mandatory to record vital events such as births.

Some birth records as far back as the 1880's are available, but only from the vital records office in the county where the individual was born. This is because some counties recorded births before any laws were passed, but unfortunately the collections are far from complete.

Alabama is a closed record state, which means that certified copies can only be requested by the person named on the certificate, as well as their immediate family members (including spouse) and lawyers representing them. Birth records become public once they are 125 years old, which is for births in 1897 and before. Once they become public, anybody can request them.

Alabama Vital Records Office

The office that handles birth records from 1908-2022 for the entire state of Alabama is The Department of Public Health. They provide birth records, marriage records, divorce records, and death records for people who were born in Alabama. Birth records before 1908 must be requested at the county office where the individual was born.

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Choose Your County

Note: The county office that has the birth records you are looking for is in the county office where the individual was born.

Example: If you live in Autauga county, but were born in Dallas county, then the Dallas county office has your records.