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September 1, 2023

Do I have to register my protection order in Alabama in order to get it enforced?

Alabama state law gives full protection to an out-of-state protection order even if it is not registered. The order does not have to be entered into the state or federal registry in order to be enforced by an Alabama police officer. However, the order must have the names of the people protected by the order, the name of the abuser, and you must be able to show the officer a valid copy of your order or the officer must otherwise believe that a valid order exists.1 It is helpful if the order clearly says the expiration date of the order.

1 Alabama Code § 30-5B-4(a), (d)