This search consults records from the entire state and includes coverage of counties such as Jefferson, Mobile, Madison, Baldwin, and Montgomery.
The time it takes to fulfill a criminal search at the state court varies wildly, from one business day to several weeks. Before finalizing the order, you can view a typical turnaround time for each direct court search in our shopping cart. By default, a statewide search covers 7 years of criminal record history, but customers can select from a variety of different time spans (such as 10, 20 or 30 years) when they submit their search, provided state law does not restrict such time spans.
State Rules Regarding Criminal History Inquiries for Employment
Many states implement restrictions on when or how employers may use background checks, including “ban the box” laws. Alabama does not have any such rules in place. Only one city, Birmingham, has a ban the box rule, and it only applies to the city’s internal hiring procedures. Otherwise, employers have the freedom to consult any criminal history records that they obtain and make employment decisions based on that information.
Alabama citizens receive the protections afforded by federal legislation such as the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
The FCRA is a federal law passed in 1970. Originally designed to protect consumer rights when dealing with creditors, the FCRA today includes guidance and restrictions on how employers can use background checks. These mandates include stipulations such as: