Here’s how you can get Jefferson County business done right now, from permits to tags + more


Take care of business from the comfort of your own home. Photo via Unsplash

Even though time may feel a bit warped right now, there’s still plenty of business that needs to occur. Tags must be renewed, bills must be paid, marriage licenses must be issued, etc. Jefferson County is making it easy for residents to get what they need online. Find a whole list of how-to’s right here.

The Courthouse is Open for Business

These barriers are new to the courthouse. Photo via Jefferson County

After spending several weeks closed to the public due to COVID-19, the Jefferson County Courthouse is now open. There are plenty of precautions in place to keep citizens and staff healthy. Some of these methods include:

  • Plexiglass barriers at public transaction counters. The County made 100 from scrap wood. Their method is cost-efficient and will not damage the existing marble and granite countertops.
  • Social distancing while waiting in line. The courthouse has removed the benches on the first floor and replaced them with chairs placed six feet apart.
  • Hand sanitizer readily available.

If you’re heading to the courthouse to get things done, expect lines. However, there’s an upside—you can now do more county business online than ever. It’s easy, efficient and safe.

How to Get Documents + More

Find everything you need without heading to the courthouse. Photo via Unsplash

Car + Transportation

  • Renew your car tag online at this link.
  • Renew your driver’s license online. Information can be found on the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency website.
  • Renew your boat license at this link.

Permits + Applications


  • Electrical Permit Inspections: call (205) 325-5150
  • Plumbing/Gas Permit Inspections: call (205) 325-5747
  • Building/Miscellaneous Permit Inspections: call (205) 325-5149
  • Stormwater/Erosion Control Permit Inspections: call (205) 325-5151
  • Building, Plumbing, Gas, or Electrical Inspections: call (205) 325-5321 | choose option 1 from the phone tree
  • Stormwater inspections: call (205) 325-5321 | choose option 5 from the phone tree

Land Records + Marriage

Taxes + Bills + Other

Where to Find Help

Photo via United Way of Central AL

I lost my job, how can I get help?

  • United Way: Call 2-1-1 or visit their website for services and ways to volunteer. 
  • Unemployment expansion: Due to the sudden stop of businesses, unemployment criteria now allows COVID-19 displaced workers to qualify.
  • Federal Income Checks: Adults who have adjusted gross income of $75k or less will receive one check for $1,200. Payments fluctuate depending on marital status/household income and children.
  • Alabama Power, Birmingham Water Works, Spire and more have stopped utility shutoffs during this time.

I think I have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Those who have COVID-19 symptoms can call the UAB testing center at (205) 975-1881 for an appointment screening. Hours to call for an appointment are 7AM-11PM, seven days a week.
  • Appointments for the Downtown COVID-19 Testing Site will be scheduled between 9AM-1:30PM seven days a week.
  • The site is located at the corner of University Boulevard and 22nd Avenue South.
  • Visit this map for a complete list of other testing locations.

Where can I find help with food?

  • Community Food Bank of Central Alabama
  • If you use SNAP and need additional assistance check out this website.
  • Please call the United Way 211 hotline if you need help in getting food or getting “Meals on Wheels” set up for an elderly parent. They can connect you with feeding resources in your area based on where you live. They can also connect you with services for senior citizens. You can also visit their website by clicking here.
  • Find more food assistance from local food pantries and projects here.

Before You Go

Photo via Jefferson County

If you’re looking for even more resources, check out this FAQ Page of Jefferson County’s website.

Small businesses can find resources here like the Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and the Safer at Home Executive Order.

Don’t want to miss any important info? Be sure to follow Jefferson County on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest updates.

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