What is the time zone of Alabama?
The state of Alabama is in the Central Time zone. All counties and cities of the state have the same time zone, there are no exceptions. Alabama is observing daylight savings so there are two different clocks depending on the time of the year.
- Central Standard Time (CST): – 6:00 UTC (behind)
- Central Daylight Time (CDT): – 5:00 UTC (behind)
When crossing the Alabama border with the neighbouring states of Tennessee, Mississippi and Florida you remain in the same time zone. But you will be entering the Eastern time zone when crossing the border Georgia.
Alabama Daylight savings time (DST)
Alabama is using daylight savings as also documented in the Uniform Time Act of 1966. During daylight savings the time changes from Central Standard time (CST) to Central Daylight time (CDT).
It starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. In March the clock is moved forward from 02.00 am to 03.00 am (so you will lose an hour of sleep during the night). While in November it’s reversed as the clock is moved backward from 03.00 am to 02.00 am and you will gain an extra hour of sleep. One way of remembering the movement sequence is that clocks “spring forward and fall back”.
The total period of daylight savings lasts for 34 weeks which is about 65% of the year.
Alabama time news, bills and legislation
There is a continuous debate about which time should be applied. Several bills have been introduced to legalize daylight saving time as the year-round clock, whereas others try to align the time with bordering counties or states. The table below gives an overview of the latest bills in the state of Alabama.
|6 May 2021||SB388||Assigned Act No. 2021-421.||Daylight Savings Time, adopted statewide if Congress amends Federal law to allow|
|30 Mar 2021||HB576||Intro, To House State Government Committee||Time; to adopt Daylight Savings Time statewide if Congress amends Federal law to allow it.|
|4 Feb 2021||HB321||Intro, To House State Government Committee||Time; to adopt Daylight Savings Time statewide if Congress amends Federal law to allow it.|
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