Alabama, USA

Alabama Public Records Guide

Alabama may be one a number of states that currently restricts some or all public records requests to its own citizens (A full list of states with such restrictions). MuckRock may use volunteer proxy filers to file requests in this state.

In this instance, the regulation granting the right to citizen requesters is the Code of Alabama 1975, Section 36-12-40

Every citizen has a right to inspect and take a copy of any public writing of this state, except as otherwise expressly provided by statute.

In addition to MuckRock, the following resources and organizations might prove useful to requesters seeking information from Alabama:

  • The RCFP Alabama Open Government Guide provides a quality overview of Alabama's open records and open meeting laws, including citations to relevant case laws and guides to common questions and situations.

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The following users have generously volunteered as MuckRock’s proxy filers in this state:

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Request Record
470 Filed
156 Completed
30 Rejected
34 No Responsive Documents
42 Awaiting Acknowledgement
4 Awaiting Response
16 Requiring Action
Allowed Response Time
No limit
Average Response Time
95 days
Success Rate
Average Fee
3.62% of requests have a fee

Top Agencies See All

Agency Requests Pages Released
Alabama Department of Corrections 17 25
Alabama Department of Public Safety 15 1
Athens City Schools 14 45
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs 13 0
Tuscaloosa City Schools 13 5
Auburn University Athletic Department 12 53
Vestavia Hills Library In The Forest 11 32
Russellville Public Library 11 0
Birmingham Police Department 11 0
Office of the Attorney General - Alabama 10 8

Top Localities See All

Jurisdiction Requests Pages Released
Tuscaloosa, AL 23 388
Birmingham, AL 21 30
Athens, AL 17 63
Russellville, AL 13 9
Vestavia Hills, AL 12 32
Huntsville, AL 12 34
Hayneville, AL 11 54
Trussville, AL 10 64
Eufaula, AL 9 43
Homewood, AL 9 178