How to Get a Birth Certificate in Alabama if You Were Adopted
Alabama OBC Access Status: Open!
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.”
Individuals born in Alabama who were adopted may obtain informational copies of their original birth certificates upon reaching the age of 19. Adoptees needing a birth certificate for legal purposes should follow the instructions on this page to receive a certified copy of their current birth certificate.
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 includes the legal documents from the court where the adoption or paternity determination took place or other legal documents for a legitimization. These files do not contain medical or other information about the birth parents.
Birth Parent Contact Preference and Medical Information
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.
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.
Birth Certificates of Adopted Individuals
Individuals born in Alabama who were adopted may obtain informational copies of their original birth certificate from a sealed file upon reaching the age of 19. To find out more information, view the Alabama Adoptee Information page.
Birth parents may place information in the sealed file of the child who was adopted if born in Alabama. To find out more information, view the Birth Parent of Adopted Child page.
Adult adoptees needing a birth certificate for legal purposes should follow the instructions on this page to receive a certified copy of their current birth certificate.
Adopting parents or their legal representatives may request a certified copy of their child’s new birth certificate following a recent adoption. To find out more information, view the Recent Alabama Adoptions page.
Cost to Obtain a Birth Certificate in Alabama
The fee to search for a birth certificate is $15.00, which includes one certified copy of the birth certificate or a “Certificate of Failure to Find.” For each additional copy of the certificate ordered at the same time, the fee is $6.00. Checks or Money Orders should be made payable to the State Board of Health. Please do not send cash. Fees are not refundable. Additional fees are required for expedited service