Address: 100 South Lawrence Street Montgomery, Alabama 36104
NOTE: If you are indigent and require a service from this office and are unable to pay, Alabama Law requires that you may be eligible to receive this service for free.
The Records and Identification Office handles a variety of tasks within the Sheriff’s Office. One of the primary functions of this office is to verify the identity of inmates at the detention facility and to ensure that the computer system correctly reflects those records. Fingerprint cards from each arrest are housed here and are used on a regular basis for identification purposes. The records section also provides services for the residents of Montgomery County such as background checks, fingerprinting, registering ex-felons, registering handguns, and maintaining incident/offense reports. Another very important function of this office is the identification section, which receives fingerprints lifted from crime scenes and seeks to identify them using AFIS and manual comparison. More information regarding the public services provided by this office can be found below.
Public services provided by the Records and Identification Office:
- Background checks
- What do I need to bring with me to get a background check? Our Agency requires a picture ID, $3.00 payment (cash only), and an authorization form from the business or apartment complex who is requesting your background information. We do not provide any paperwork; we will record your information on this form.
- How long does a background check take? Just a few minutes. We will do it while you wait and then give it back to you.
- When can I get a background check done? We are open 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.
- What information is included in a background check? We will list any arrests that you have had at the Montgomery County Detention Facility. A background check from this office will not include any municipal, state, or nation-wide information, only local records from this office.
- Where can I get a background check that includes state and nation-wide information? Please contact the Alabama Bureau of Investigation at 334-353-4340.
- Will an arrest be listed on my background check if I was not convicted? Yes, we will list any arrest that you have on file at the Montgomery County Detention Facility, regardless of the outcome of the case. We do not have that information in our office. You will have to ask for case summary information at the Montgomery County Circuit Clerk’s Office located at 250 South Lawrence Street if a disposition on a charge is needed.
- What if an arrest listed on my background check was not me? All of our computer records in this office are verified by fingerprints taken at the time of arrest. If you would like to dispute an arrest, we can fingerprint you and compare your prints with what we have on file for that arrest. In the event that someone else has used your name and information, we will provide an official letter to you stating what has occurred.
- Who can be fingerprinted? Our fingerprinting services are for the residents of Montgomery County.
- What do I need to bring with me to be fingerprinted? A picture ID and the blank fingerprint cards (do not fill them out), if they were provided to you. If not, we have fingerprint cards here that we can use.
- What type of fingerprint card do you use? We use the FBI standard applicant cards, FD-258. Cards with similar formats can also be used.
- What is the fee?
- When can I be fingerprinted? Our Agency fingerprints between 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. We do not schedule appointments; you can just walk in during that time frame.
- How long does it take to be fingerprinted? It usually takes around 10 minutes to fingerprint one person.
- Can you submit my fingerprints electronically? We use a digital livescan machine to capture your fingerprints, but we do not send them anywhere electronically. We will print out the card(s) and return them to you, same as if we had rolled your fingers using ink.
- Incident / Offense reports
- How can I get a copy of the report I filed? You will need to come to our office with a picture ID. We are not able to mail or fax reports. To expedite the process, please have the case number with you when you come in.
- Who can get a copy of a report? We only release copies of reports to whoever is listed as the victim on the report. If you are not the listed victim, you will have to go through an attorney (if it is for court purposes) or an insurance company (if making a claim).
- Ex-Felon Registration
- When am I required to register as an ex-felon? Per Alabama law, you must register as an ex-felon after your third felony conviction. You must keep the card we provide to you with you at all times and you must be living at the address listed. If you move to a new address, you must come to our office and get a new card with your updated address.
- Handgun registration
- How do I register my handgun? Bring it into our office, unloaded and in a box or bag. The gun will be secured at the metal detectors and you will be brought back to our office. We will also need your picture ID.
- What does registering my handgun at your office mean? All we do in this office is check to make sure the gun is not stolen and then keep the serial number and your information on file in our computer system. This information does not leave our office; it is not submitted to any other kind of large-scale database.
- How do I transfer my handgun to someone else? We do not keep track of gun ownership in this office. However, you are more than welcome to come into the office with the gun and the new owner so that we can record the serial number with his/her information.
- Am I required to register my handgun? No, registration is completely voluntary and is only a service that we provide to keep serial numbers on file for you in case they are needed in the future. If you have any other questions regarding regulations for firearms, you can visit the website for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at www.atf.gov