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State Laws on Background Checks - Alabama


Ala. Code §38-13-3

Alabama law requires that an “employer” shall request the Department of Public Safety to conduct a criminal history background check of a “volunteer”. The definition of “employer” includes an entity that has volunteers who provide “care” to children in a “caretaker setting”. “Care” is defined as the “provision of care, treatment, education, training, instruction, supervision or recreation to children”. “Caretaker setting” is defined as “a building, structure or location, public or private property, or vehicle, utilized for or involved in the providing of care, education, training, instruction, or supervision of children...” A criminal history background information check shall include the review of any and all records containing any information collected and stored in the criminal record repository of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, and the Alabama Department of Public Safety involving an arrest or conviction by a criminal justice agency, including, but not limited to, child abuse crime information as defined by 42 U.S.C. § 5119, the National Child Protection Act of 1993, conviction record information, fingerprint cards, correctional data and release information, and identifiable descriptions and notations of convictions.

Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center – Alabama Criminal History Background Checks:


Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Community Information Center (search “sex offender search”):


The Alabama statute can be viewed online at:

http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm by clicking Title 38 on the left, then clicking Chapter 13 and then §38-13-2 or §38-13-3.