Alabama death records are maintained by the Center for Health Statistics. Through the state’s automated record system, known as ViSION (Vital Statistics Image Oriented Network), copies of death records may be obtained from any of the 67 county health departments. Death records can also be obtained online from a website which provides copies of vital records for a fee.
Restrictions on Who Can Apply for an Alabama Death Certificate
Under state law, death records are confidential and access to this information is restricted for 25 years after the person’s date of death to the following individuals:
• Deceased’s parents
• Deceased’s spouse
• Son or daughter of the person named on the death certificate
• Grandchildren of the deceased
• Sibling of the deceased
• Family or estate’s legal representative
• Informant listed on the death certificate as providing the information
Records over 25 years old may be ordered by anyone who pays the required fee.
Cost to OrderAlabama Death Records
The search fee for a death record in AL is $15.00 and this amount pays for a single certified copy of the certificate. If no record can be found, the state issues a Certificate of Failure to Find. Additional copies of the same death record may be ordered at the same time for $6.00 each. Accepted payment methods are check and money order payable to the “State Board of Health.”
Information Required to Order Alabama Death Records
When ordering Alabama death records, you should provide as much of the following information about the deceased as possible:
• Full name
• Date of death
• City or county where death occurred
• Social Security Number
• Date of birth
• Age at death
• Name of spouse
• Names of parents
You will also need to provide your full name, a signature, the address where the certificate is to be mailed and your daytime phone number. Your letter or application should also include your relationship to the deceased and why you want to order a copy of his or her death record.
Apply for an Alabama Death Record in Person
If you want to apply for an AL death record in person, you would visit any county health department to request a certified copy of the document. In most cases, you would be able to get the record while you wait.
Apply for an Alabama Death Record by Mail
Send your request and the required fee to:
Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5625
Order an Alabama Death Certificate Online
If you don’t want to take the time to go to a county health department or order an Alabama death record by mail, consider ordering one online from a vital records website. You can search for the information you need at a time which is convenient for you from anywhere you can get online, and pay for your order quickly and conveniently.