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Tuscaloosa County Court Records

Tuscaloosa Court Records are documents detailing legal proceedings and their outcomes in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Such records may contain some of the following information:

  • Court Dockets
  • Court Summons
  • Court Minutes
  • Court Orders
  • Pleadings
  • Subpoenas
  • Judgments

Tuscaloosa Court Records are vital for several reasons. They help preserve the transparency of legal proceedings and decisions. Court records help lay precedent for future legal cases and enforce accountability of the judicial system. Records may also serve as research resources for public debates and policy decisions.

Are Court Records Public in Tuscaloosa County?

Generally, most court records are public in Tuscaloosa County. The Alabama Public Records Law mandates access to Tuscaloosa County Public Records. Under Title 36, Chapter 12, Sections 1-30 of the Alabama Code (The Open Records Act), members of the public can access Alabama Public Records.

However, the following Tuscaloosa County Court Records are exempt from public access:

  • Adoption Records
  • Sealed Records
  • Juvenile Records
  • Youthful Offenders Records
  • Expunged Records
  • Sensitive personal information
  • Records relating to pending or ongoing investigation
  • Certain Family Law Records. For instance, information on:
    • Parental rights termination
    • Domestic violence information
    • Custody disputes
    • Divorce financial affidavit
    • Victim information.

Tuscaloosa County Court Records Search

Several options are available for performing a Tuscaloosa County Court Records search. Tuscaloosa Court Records requesters can choose any of the following methods:

  • Online search portal
  • An in-person visit to the records custodian agency
  • Third-party websites
  • Public records archives, and
  • Legal research services
  • Public libraries.

Tuscaloosa County Court Records Search by Name

A name-based records search is one of the options for obtaining Tuscaloosa Court Records. To perform a name-based search for Tuscaloosa County Court Records, do the following:

  • Identify the custodian agency for the required records
  • Login to the agency's official website and navigate to the records section
  • Access the records search page (registration and fee payments may be necessary)
  • Navigate to the search function and select or input name as the search criteria (provide additional information if required)
  • Review the results.

Also, requesters can visit the records custodian court or agency and provide the name of the owner of the records as a search criterion.

In Tuscaloosa County, the cost of obtaining court records varies depending on the courts, complexity, and volume of the records. Below is a breakdown of some of the applicable fees for accessing Tuscaloosa County Court Records:

Type of Records Access Costs
Real Property Records $3.00 per page (maximum of two names for grantor or grantee)
Probate Court Records $2.00 per document
Vital Records $15.00 per copy, $6.00 for additional copy.

For a comprehensive fee update, visit the Tuscaloosa County website. Note that there may be restrictions on certain Tuscaloosa County Court Records for privacy and security reasons, and requesters may need authorization and identification.

Tuscaloosa County Courts

The Tuscaloosa County Court system consists of:

  • The Circuit Court
  • The District Court
  • The Probate Court, and
  • The Municipal Courts.

Each of the Tuscaloosa County courts has varying jurisdictions and handles specific matters.

The list below is the contact information of the various Tuscaloosa County courts:

Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court

Tuscaloosa County Courthouse
714 Greensboro Ave
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: (205) 349-3870 ext. 259.

Tuscaloosa County District Court

Tuscaloosa County Courthouse
714 Greensboro Ave
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: (205) 349-3870 ext. 355.

Tuscaloosa County Probate Court

Tuscaloosa County Courthouse
714 Greensboro Ave, #121
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: (205) 464-8204

Municipal Courts in Tuscaloosa County:

Brookwood Municipal Court

15689 Hwy 216
Brookwood, AL 35444
Phone: (205) 556-2786

Lake View Municipal Court

21289 Phyllis Dr
Lake View, AL 35111
Phone: (205) 477-1999

Northport Municipal Court

3721 26th Ave
Northport, AL 35473
Phone: (205) 339-8132

Tuscaloosa Municipal Court

Alvin Dupont Court Bldg
2122 6th St, P.O. Box 2089
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
Phone: (205) 248-5330
Fax: (205) 247-7845

Vance Municipal Court

P.O. Box 107
Vance, AL 35490
Phone: (205) 553-8278

Tuscaloosa County District Court Records

The Tuscaloosa District Court is one of the lower courts in Alabama's Sixth Judicial Circuit. In Tuscaloosa County, the District Court has limited jurisdiction. The Tuscaloosa County district court case includes

  • Preliminary hearing for felony cases
  • Misdemeanor Criminal Cases
  • Small Claims Cases
  • Juvenile ca6ses
  • Traffic Violations, and
  • Civil Cases involving monetary claims below specific amounts.

To access Tuscaloosa County District Court Records:

  • Visit the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts website
  • Navigate to the “Just One Look” link to access the search page
  • Register to access the search page
  • Use a name or case number to search for Tuscaloosa County District Court Records records.

Tuscaloosa County Criminal Records

Tuscaloosa County Criminal Records are documents detailing the history of an individual's breach of the criminal laws in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Tuscaloosa Criminal Records are public and include information such as:

  • Arrest records
  • Incident reports
  • Investigation reports
  • Criminal charges
  • Court records
  • Conviction records
  • Incarceration records
  • Probation and parole records
  • Warrants and court orders.

Tuscaloosa Criminal Records are maintained by multiple agencies, this includes:

  • Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office
  • Tuscaloosa Police Department
  • Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Clerk's Office
  • Tuscaloosa District Court Clerk's Office, and
  • Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA).

In Tuscaloosa County, law enforcement agencies are responsible for pre-trial Criminal Records (arrest records). Tuscaloosa County Arrest Records information includes:

  • Arrest Report
  • Booking Information
  • Charging Documents
  • Mugshots
  • Fingerprints Records
  • Property Inventory
  • Witness Statements, and
  • Bail or Bond Information.

To check for Tuscaloosa Arrest Records and criminal history:

  • Login to the ALEA website and locate the Criminal Records Department
  • Download the ALEA Application to Review Alabama Criminal History Records Information (CHRI) form
  • Fill out the CHRI form and mail it to:

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Criminal Records and Identification Unit

ATTN: Record Challenge
P.O. Box 1511
Montgomery, Alabama 36102-1511.

Records are also available through the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office or the arresting agency. Requesters can visit the agency responsible for the arrest and request access to Tuscaloosa Arrest Records.

Note: A $25.00 administrative charge is charged for accessing Tuscaloosa County Arrest records through ALEA.

Tuscaloosa County Criminal Court Case Lookup

To look up Tuscaloosa County Criminal Records:

  • Visit the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts website
  • Navigate to the Records Department
  • Login to the Public Access to Trial Court Records page
  • Make a specific search by using name and case number as search criteria.

Note that certain types of Tuscaloosa criminal records are exempt from public access. Also, there may be limitations to accessing certain criminal records information.

Get Tuscaloosa County Civil Court Records

Tuscaloosa Civil Court Records are documents relating to non-criminal case proceedings between individuals or organizations in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. In Tuscaloosa County, the Civil Court jurisdictions encompass a variety of legal matters including but limited to:

  • Personal Injury Lawsuits
  • Contract Disputes
  • Property Disputes
  • Debt Collection
  • Certain Family Law cases. For instance, child support orders, custody disputes, and divorce.
  • Employment Law cases, and
  • Tort claims.

To access Tuscaloosa County Civil Court Records:

  • Login to the Alabama Courts Access to Trial Courts Records portal and search for Tuscaloosa County Civil Court case records.
  • For Records not available online, contact the Tuscaloosa County Clerk of Courts office for assistance.

The following requirements and information may be necessary to access Tuscaloosa County Civil Court Records:

  • Identification
  • Fill out the Records Request Form
  • Case information
  • Purpose of access, and
  • Fee payments.

Tuscaloosa County Family Court Records

Family Court is a specialized court that handles cases relating to family matters in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. In Tuscaloosa County, the Circuit Court adjudicates Family Court cases. The Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court's Jurisdiction encompasses Family Court cases involving:

  • Adoption
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence Protection Orders
  • Guardianship
  • Name change
  • Paternity.

To obtain Tuscaloosa County Family Court Records:

  • Login to the Tuscaloosa County -Sixth Circuit Court Alabama website and use the Alacourt Access V2.0 search service to look for Tuscaloosa Family Court Records (registration is required).
  • Reach out to the Circuit Clerk of Tuscaloosa County Office for assistance.

Note: for privacy reasons, there may be restrictions on certain Tuscaloosa County Family Court Records. Also, requesters must make fee payments to access Tuscaloosa Family Court Records.

TuscaloosaDissolution of Marriage Records

Tuscaloosa Dissolution of Marriage Records (also known as divorce records) outline the legal process leading to a divorce in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. In Tuscaloosa County, the Alabama Department of Public Health is the repository for Tuscaloosa County Dissolution of Marriage Records.

To order Tuscaloosa County dissolution of marriage records online or by mail:

  • Login to the Alabama Department of Public Health's website and navigate to the Vital Records section
  • Click the “drop menu” and select “Divorce Certificate
  • To order a divorce certificate online, click “Order Certificate online” to link to an external page and select the appropriate options
  • Download the mail-in application form, fill it out, and mail it to:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625

For in-person access to Tuscaloosa County dissolution of marriage records, visit the Center for Health Statistics Vital Records at:

Alabama Department of Public Health
Center for Health Statistics
Vital Records
201 Monroe Street, Suite 1150
Montgomery, AL 36104
United States.

Tuscaloosa County Marriage and Divorce Records

Tuscaloosa County marriage and divorce records are part of the county's vital records. The ADPH Vital Records department is the central marriage and divorce records repository. In Tuscaloosa County, marriage records are public and accessible to interested persons. On the contrary, there are restrictions and limitations on Tuscaloosa County's divorce records.

To obtain the Tuscaloosa County marriage certificate and divorce decree, log in to the Vital Records Department page of the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Note: there are applicable fees for accessing Tuscaloosa County Vital Records. The following fees apply to accessing Tuscaloosa marriage certificates and divorce records.

Vital Records Access costs
Tuscaloosa County Marriage Certificate, or

Divorce Certificate

  • $15.00 for the first certified copy or certificate of failure (if the records cannot be located)
  • $6.00 per additional copy
  • $15.00 expedited delivery fee
  • $9.50 processing fee

Tuscaloosa Birth and Death Records

Tuscaloosa Birth and Death Records are official documents that contain information on the birth and death of individuals in the county. Such documents fall under the category of vital records and are therefore maintained by the Vital Records Department of the Alabama Department of Public Health.

As per the Alabama Open Records Act, birth and death records are confidential, and access is limited to authorized individuals. However, restrictions on Alabama birth records expire 125 years from the date of birth. Also, the public can access records 25 years after the death of the records owner.

To access Tuscaloosa’s birth certificate and death records, visit the ADPH website and log on to the Vital Records page. Tuscaloosa County birth and death records are documents of life-changing events that can be useful for:

  • Health research
  • Identity verification
  • Demography studies
  • Public health monitoring
  • Inheritance and property claims
  • Genealogical research, and
  • Personal use.

Tuscaloosa County Probate Court Records

Tuscaloosa County Probate Court handles a wide range of cases. In Tuscaloosa County, the probate court's jurisdiction includes cases about:

  • Guardianship and Conservatorship
  • Estate Administration
  • Wills
  • Mental Health
  • Adoption
  • Minor settlements
  • Name change.

To obtain Tuscaloosa County probate court records:

  1. Identify the required records
  2. Login to the Tuscaloosa County probate court's website
  3. Scroll down and click the “To search probate records” link
  4. Create an account using an email address and name
  5. Login to the Search Page to access probate court records.

If the required records are unavailable online, contact the Tuscaloosa County probate court at (205) 464-8252, email, or visit the Tuscaloosa County probate court in person.

Tuscaloosa County Property Records

Tuscaloosa County property records are official documents and information on real estate in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Property records documents and information include:

  • Plat maps
  • Building permits
  • Liens and encumbrances
  • Deeds
  • Tax assessments
  • Property tax records
  • Property ownership records
  • Sales history.

To access Tuscaloosa County property records:

  • Visit the Tuscaloosa County property assessor's website, navigate to the search page, and select the property records type from the drop menu.
  • Contact the Tuscaloosa County assessor's office for assistance by calling (205) 464-8240 or by email to
  • Visit the Tuscaloosa County assessor's office in person between 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday through Friday at:

Tuscaloosa County Courthouse
714 Greensboro Avenue, Room 108
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

Tuscaloosa County Court Records Online

Third-party online resources are valuable tools for searching for Tuscaloosa County court records. Third-party online databases like gather information from the various trial courts in Tuscaloosa County into one platform, making them a convenient option for record seekers. However, third-party online resources may also have disadvantages. For instance, such platforms may provide incomplete or inaccurate information.

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests Records
  • Warrants
  • Driving Violations
  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax & Property Liens
  • Civil Judgements
  • Federal Dockets
  • Probate Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Divorce Records
  • Death Records
  • Property Records
  • Asset Records
  • Business Ownership
  • Professional Licenses
  • And More!