Alabama Vital Records Applications and Forms
 
Form Name Number Pages Select
Alabama Request to Change Birth/Death Certificate ADPH HS-33 1
Alabama Request For Pre-Adoption/Sealed Certificate ADPH-HS-95 1
Alabama Birth/Death/Marriage/Divorce Certificate Application n/a 1
Birth Certificate Request Form 1


Office Information For Alabama
Courier Address
Alabama Vital Records
Vital Record Clerk
201 Monroe Street,
Suite 1100
Montgomery AL 36104
Mailing Address
Alabama Vital Records
P. O. Box 5625
Montgomery AL 36103-5625
USA
Physical Address
Alabama Vital Records
201 Monroe Street, Suite 1100
Montgomery AL 36104
USA
Record Period
1908 to Current
BirthCertificate Fees
$12.00 + $4.00 Each Additional
DeathCertificate Fees
$12.00 + $4.00 Each Additional
MarriageCertificate Fees
$12.00 + $4.00 Each Additional
Mail Turnaround
Approximately 7 - 10 Days
Courier Turnaround
Approximately 3 Days
Person Authorized to Order and Receive
Person Named on the Certificate 
Mother/Father (or Legal Guardian) 
Husband/Wife of Person Named on Certificate 
Son/Daughter of Person Named on Certificate 
Sister/Brother of Person Named on Certificate 
Legal Representative of an Authorized Person

Payment Requirement
Check or money order only payable to "State Board of Health"
Special Requirement
Adoptee Information
Adoptees Seeking Original Birth Certificate: Individuals born in Alabama who were adopted may obtain informational copies of their original birth certificates upon reaching the age of 19. 
 
NEW BIRTH CERTIFICATES AFTER ADOPTION OR OTHER LEGAL ACTION: Alabama law directs the State Registrar to establish a new birth certificate after an adoption, legitimation or paternity determination takes place. The new birth certificate is substituted for the original birth certificate in the files, and the original birth certificate and evidence of adoption, legitimation or paternity determination are placed in a "sealed file." 
 
ORIGINAL BIRTH INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO ADOPTEE: In 2000, the Alabama legislature amended the vital records law to allow an adult adoptee or other person whose original birth certificate was placed in a "sealed file" to obtain a non-certified copy of that record and any other documents in the "sealed file." 
 
PARENTS CAN STATE THEIR PREFERENCE FOR CONTACT: The 2000 revision to the vital records law also allows a birth parent to place information in the "sealed file" of the child who was adopted. The birth parent may state his/her wishes regarding being contacted and may provide medical history information. 
 
OBTAINING PRE-ADOPTION AND OTHER BIRTH CERTIFICATES FROM ALABAMA SEALED FILES 
 
BACKGROUND: Alabama law directs the State Registrar to establish a new birth certificate after an adoption, legitimation or paternity determination takes place. The new birth certificate is substituted for the original birth certificate in the files, and the original birth certificate and evidence of adoption, legitimation or paternity determination are placed in a "sealed file." (Section 22-9A-12) In 2000, the legislature amended the vital records law to allow an adult whose original birth certificate was placed in a "sealed file" to obtain a non-certified copy of that record and any other documents in the "sealed file." 
 
WHO MAY REQUEST A COPY? 
 
The person named on the birth certificate -- no other family member. 
Person must be 19 years of age or older. 
Person must have been born in Alabama. 
Person must have had an original birth certificate removed from the files due to an adoption, legitimation or paternity determination. 
 
WHAT WILL THE APPLICANT RECEIVE? 
 
The applicant will receive a copy of the original birth certificate clearly marked that it is not a certified copy and it may not be used for legal purposes. Note that the information on the birth certificate in the file is shown as it was provided by the birth parent(s) at the time of birth. 
The applicant will receive copies of all other documents in the "sealed file" which often include the legal documents from the court where the adoption or paternity determination took place or other legal documents for a legitimation. These files do not contain medical or other information about the birth parents. 
In the case of persons who were adopted, the revision of the law in 2000 allows birth parents to submit a Contact Preference Form which will be placed in the sealed file upon receipt. If a Contact Preference Form is in the file at the time the original birth record is requested, it will be sent to the applicant. 
 
HOW SHOULD THESE RECORDS BE ORDERED? 
 
Applicants must clearly state they are seeking their original birth record prior to adoption, legitimation or paternity determination. Without this information, we will send the current legal record. 
Complete a "Request for a Pre-Adoption or Other Birth Certificate from an Alabama Sealed File" application  
 
Click Here for Application to Request Sealed File Information: 
 
http://ph.state.al.us/Chs/VitalRecords/Adoption/sealed.pdf 
 
Please note: These records cannot be ordered over the Internet since we must have the applicant's original signature on the request. 
or send the following information to locate your current legal record: 
-Your full name as it appears on your current legal birth certificate 
-Date of birth 
-County of birth 
-Full maiden name of mother as it appears on your current legal birth certificate 
-Full name of father as it appears on your current legal birth certificate 
Include your mailing address and telephone number where we can reach you during the day. 
Sign and date the request. The request will not be processed unless it is signed by the applicant. 
Include the non-refundable fee of $ 20.00 for processing the request. Checks or money orders should be made payable to "Alabama Vital Records." 
Mail the request to 
Center for Health Statistics 
P.O. Box 5625 
Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5625 
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CALL (334) 206-5426. 
 
CONTACT PREFERENCE FORMS FOR PARENTS OF ADOPTED CHILDREN 
BORN IN ALABAMA 
 
BACKGROUND: Alabama law directs the State Registrar to establish a new birth certificate after an adoption takes place. The new birth certificate is substituted for the original birth certificate in the files, and the original birth certificate and evidence of adoption are placed in a "sealed file" that previously could only be accessed by obtaining a court order (Section 22-9A-12). In 2000, the Alabama legislature amended the vital records law to allow a person 19 years of age or older whose original birth certificate was placed in a "sealed file" to obtain a non-certified copy of that record and any other documents in the "sealed file." Therefore, the child will be able to obtain all information included on the original birth certificate including the name(s) of the parent(s) and any legal documents in the vital records file relating to the adoption. 
 
HOW CAN PARENTS STATE THEIR PREFERENCE FOR CONTACT? 
The 2000 revision to the vital records law also provides for a birth parent, at his/her request, to place a parent Contact Preference and Medical History Form in the "sealed file." This form will allow a birth parent to state if he/she (1) wishes to be contacted, (2) prefers to be contacted through an intermediary, or (3) prefers not to be contacted. The parent may also complete medical history information on the form. The completed form will be placed in an envelope which will be put into the "sealed file" with the original birth certificate if the parent can provide sufficient information for us to locate that "sealed file." The Contact Preference form is considered a private communication from the birth parent to the child and no copies of the form will be given to anyone other than the child. 
WHAT INFORMATION IS NECESSARY TO LOCATE THE ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE? 
Since the original birth certificate is in a "sealed file," we have no index references to the names of the parent(s) on that certificate. We can only locate those files using the date of birth and the place where the child was born. Therefore, we must have the exact day of birth and the exact city or county where the child was born for us to try to locate the correct record. If we locate a possible record, we will use the mother's name as it appears on original birth certificate to confirm that we have the correct record. Thus, we must also have the mother's name exactly as it appears on the original birth certificate. Unless these three items are exactly correct, we will not be able to confirm that we have located the right birth certificate. 
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE CANNOT BE LOCATED? 
If we are unable to locate the original birth certificate, we will return the Contact Preference form to the parent with a letter stating we were unable to locate the record. 
IS THERE A FEE FOR PROCESSING CONTACT PREFERENCE FORMS? 
Yes, there is a non-refundable fee of $20.00 for searching for the original birth certificate and placing the documents in the sealed file if the record is found or reporting the result of the search to the requesting parent if the original birth certificate cannot be found. 
WHAT INFORMATION WILL THE CHILD RECEIVE? 
If the child requests a copy of his/her original birth certificate after the Contact Preference Form has been placed in the sealed file, that form will be given to the child along with copies of all other documents in the file. Generally the sealed files contain a copy of the original birth certificate and the legal documents from the court where the adoption took place. The information on the birth certificate in the file is shown as it was provided by the birth parent(s) at the time of birth. 
 
HOW SHOULD A CONTACT PREFERENCE FORM BE REQUESTED? 
See: 
http://ph.state.al.us/Chs/VitalRecords/Adoption/contact2.pdf 
 
Or, send a letter requesting the form with your mailing address and a telephone number where we can reach you during the day. Mail the request to 
Vital Records - Adoption Section 
P.O. Box 5625 
Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5625 
 
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CALL (334) 206-5426. 
 
 


Amendments / Corrections / Paternity Acknowledgment
Amendments: Call 334-206-2637 $15.00 includes amendment fee and one certified copy. 
 
Amendments, adoptions, legitimations, and delayed certificates must be processed through the Center for Health Statistics. The fee is $15.00 to amend a record, $20.00 to prepare a new certificate of birth after adoption or legitimation or to file a delayed certificate, which also covers the cost of one  
certified copy of the record.  
 
Alabama Vital Records 
Birth Amendments 
P.O. Box 5625 
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625

Notes from the Office
DIVORCE CERTIFICATES: $12 First Certificate, $4 Each Additional 
 
Anyone falsely applying for a record is subject to a penalty upon conviction of up to three months in the county jail or a fine of up  
to $500. Code of Ala. 1975, Section 13A-10-109. By signing, you are certifying you have a legal right to the record requested.  
 


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