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The Identification Unit of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation Division (ABI) at The Department of Public Safety (DPS) of Alabama is the government agency officially in charge of criminal history information for the state. Under it, the Record Section replies to law enforcement, individuals and other agencies which have submitted the proper paper work. This office also serves as the state repository and is staffed by Fingerprint Classifiers and clerical employees who are responsible for checking and updating the criminal history information including Alabama Arrest Records. Crime-related records are also kept in the computerized information system of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).
By state law, every resident has the right to any public records including arrest documentations. They can be obtained from the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Only fingerprint-based searches are available. A completed request form must be sent by mail to the ABI along with the required fingerprint card and fee of $25, payable by certified check or money order to the ABI. The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC) also provides criminal information whenever appropriate but the primary government agency for this function is the DPS.