Welcome Message from Director Michael Sparks
Welcome to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences (ADFS) webpage. This site is dedicated to providing information to our customers and the citizens of the State of
Alabama. The mission of ADFS is the application of science and medicine to the purposes of justice. The pursuit of this mission includes the unbiased
analysis of evidence that is generated during criminal investigations.
ADFS is uniquely positioned in the justice system of Alabama. This Agency is... (
ADFS Quality Policy
The quality of ADFS work is measured by the accuracy of the analytical results, the integrity of the reports and case records, and the timeliness of responses.
- a) Laboratory management is committed to good professional practice and to the quality of ADFS’s testing and calibration in servicing its customers.
- b) It is the policy of ADFS that testing and calibration work shall be carried out in accordance with approved policies and procedures to ensure a high standard of service...more)
The value of a forensic laboratory receiving accreditation cannot be overstated. Accreditation provides that essential, external, independent review, and demonstrates that all forensic services are provided in accordance with accepted standards. Accreditation increases the level of confidence for our customers and all interested parties in the work and work product of our laboratory.
Accreditation is a voluntary, continuous process that involves annual audits that review and evaluate management practices, personnel qualifications, technical procedures, quality assurance program and facilities to help the laboratory provide a more effective overall...(more)
Recall of Antemortem Specimen Submission Kits
Antemortem specimen submission kits distributed by the Department have been recalled by the manufacturer.
The Department has sent notice of this recall to all law enforcement agencies in Alabama with instructions to return any unexpired kits to
Sirchie Fingerprint Laboratories and to dispose any expired kits.
View the recall notice.
The affected kits will be identified with the Reorder Number ALDWI200 and Lot Numbers 111039 or 050980. Kits with these lot numbers but with a suffix "A" or "RC" have already been corrected and may be used. Postmortem kits are not subject to this recall. Read
more about this recall.
DNA 101: Demystifying CODIS and DNA Profiles for Victim Service Providers
Learn about the forensic DNA testing process and how forensic DNA profiles are generated from evidence and matched through the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
Hear how CODIS functions in forensic crime laboratories in the United States, its architecture, and eligibility requirements for DNA samples (offender, crime scene,
missing persons), and learn about the various types of DNA analysis that can be performed by crime labs. Concerns about genetic privacy, including what information
forensic DNA profiles contain and who is authorized by federal law to have access to the national database will also be discussed.
To watch the webinar, please click
This webinar is presented by The National Center for Victims of Crime.
**Please note that Java is required to view the presentation and can be downloaded
Requests for DUI Breath Testing Data Pack
DUI Data Pack request must be submitted in writing directly to the Implied Consent Laboratory at
168 Chandalar Place Drive, Pelham, AL 35124; or faxed to (205) 663-2167.
The requesting party should notate how they are affiliated with the case, i.e. Subject or attorney representing subject. To assist in processing the request a copy of the "Certificate
of Breath Alcohol Analysis" should be enclosed at the time of submission.
If you have any additional questions, please send us an
ADFS Arrestee Information, New Law!
As of October 1, 2010, local law enforcement throughout Alabama are now authorized to collect a biological sample for Forensic DNA identity testing from individuals
arrested for all felony offenses and sex offenses. In addition to all felony offenses, there are three (3) misdemeanor arrests that also qualify for DNA collection as sexual offenses.
The three qualifying misdemeanors are Sexual Abuse 2nd degree, Sexual Misconduct, and Indecent Exposure.
Materials to accomplish the collection of these samples are being furnished by the
Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to County Jails throughout... (