Alabama Birth Records Search

Alabama’s Public Health Department collects and maintains all vital records for the state. They file and store all state birth records and supply official copies upon request. They now use an automated system to help with the task of storing and issuing copies at all county health department offices. The state birth records search system is called Vital Statistics Image Oriented Network (ViSION).
The Alabama Center for Health Statistics has been keeping birth records since 1908. By law, these records are restricted for 125 years after the date of birth. Only the following people can obtain a copy of your birth record.

You, if you 18 or older, your parent(s) or legal guardian, your spouse, children, siblings or an authorized legal representative.

When you go to get a copy of your birth record, you will need to bring a valid, photo ID.

The Center for Health Statistics handles birth certificates for adopted individuals, certificates for foreign births and other unusual situations.

Types of Alabama Birth Records

If you need a copy of your Alabama birth record and have an unusual situation don’t worry, they have it covered. There are a few different types of birth records that you can request:

Certified Copy - this is a certified copy of your birth record that you can use to apply for official permits and licenses.

Keepsake Birth Certificate - this decorative type of certificate is only for framing not for official government use.

Adoptee Birth Certificate - Alabama offers an information-only copy birth certificate until you reach the age of 19. After that, you can obtain an official copy.

Foreign Birth Certificate - Alabama has the resources to issue a Certificate of Foreign Birth upon request for children born outside the U.S. who immigrated or were adopted into America.

Alabama Population

As of 2018, Alabama’s population has reached 4.89 million people. This ranks Alabama 24th nationwide. Of those 4.89 million, 51.6% are female, so there are slightly more women living in Alabama than men.

The U.S. census ranks Alabama’s growth rate to be 0.26% a year which means they are the 36th fastest growing state in the U.S. Regarding population density, Alabama chimes in at 94.4 people per square mile, making them 27th in the nation. Overall growth is steady but unremarkable.

Experts estimate Alabama’s population to hit 5 million by 2020.

State Population
1 birth every 534 seconds

1 death every 801 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Alabama. The total population of Alabama is estimated at 4,860,545 people with 2,354,189 male and 2,506,356 female. There are 152,167 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.57% of the total population.

The Alabama Gender Ratio is 94 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.94. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Alabama Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 12.25 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 59,151 total births making it higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 59,151, 1.50% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Alabama

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Alabama Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Alabama
Vermont - 9.35Louisiana - 13.78
Indiana - 12.17North Dakota - 15.04
Maine - 9.84Wyoming - 12.61
Florida - 10.28Mississippi - 12.59
Montana - 11.45Georgia - 12.63

Top 5 Counties in Alabama with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Alabama with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Alabama with the highest birth rate
Shelby County - 11.33Montgomery County - 13.87
Madison County - 11.84Mobile County - 13.27
Etowah County - 11.84Jefferson County - 13.12
Calhoun County - 11.84Houston County - 12.81
Lee County - 11.94Tuscaloosa County - 12.57

Alabama Fertility Rate

In Alabama the fertility rate based on historical data went from 60.50 to 61.22 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 62.08 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 26.52 to 27.36.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Alabama are Morgan - 68.26, Houston - 66.12 and Mobile - 65.87. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Montgomery County65.31
Jefferson County63.86
Etowah County63.76
Baldwin County61.3
Calhoun County60.91
Madison County59.62
Tuscaloosa County51.74
Lee County48.63

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain an Alabama Birth Certificate

You can obtain a copy of your Alabama birth certificate pretty quickly at any county public health office. You can fill out the application ahead of time by downloading it online and then bringing it with you. You will have to pay a $15 state birth record search fee for your copy. Be sure to bring a valid, photo ID. You can also mail in your application, ID, and payment to: Alabama Vital Records P.O. Box 5625 Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5625. The entire process should take less than 30 minutes if you do it in person. You can also use VitalChek online to order a copy.

Alabama Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $15.00
Organization: Alabama Center for Health Statistics; Alabama Department of Public Health
Address:P.O. Box 5625, Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Alabama Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.