Baldwin is the largest county in Alabama and it was formed in 1809, which makes it one of the oldest counties in the state as well. It is located at the very southern tip of Alabama, next to Mobile county.
No matter what kind of Baldwin county public records you are looking for, there will be a fee unless you are just accessing archives from the state archives. Records older than 1908 are usually found this way, except for birth records that are restricted.
Vital records for Alabama can be accessed at the local health department office in Robertsdale, or the state office in Montgomery. Going in person to the Robertsdale office will mean you get on-the-spot service usually in about half an hour for the records you are after. If you mail to the Vital Records office in Montgomery, you will have to wait about 2 weeks.
All of the health offices have access to the entire state database, so you can get records for events that took place in other counties at the Robertsdale health office.
Baldwin County Birth Records
As mentioned above, Baldwin county birth records are restricted for 125 years to protect privacy and to prevent identity theft. That means that most birth records will only be issued to the person on the record or a member of the immediate family. That would include a parent, child, sibling or spouse.. The fee for a birth record is currently $15 USD. You will have to provide the person's name, date and place of birth, and the full names of both parents.
Baldwin County Death Records
Unlike the birth records, the restrictions on Baldwin county death records only extends back 25 years. After that, you can get an official copy of anyone's death record no matter who they are or how they are related to you. For these older records, you can find genealogy sites online that allow for searches or you can find copies of the records in the State Archive. Again, the fee for a Baldwin county death record is $15 USD.
Baldwin County Marriage Records
Baldwin county marriage records don't go back quite as far as the other types of vital records, usually starting around 1936. There are no privacy restrictions, so you can order anyone's marriage records no matter when they were married. The cost to get a Baldwin county marriage record is $15 USD and they can be ordered from the state office or the local health department as well. Dating from 1950, you can also get copies of divorce records.
Baldwin County Criminal Records
These records are not available to the public, and can only be accessed by appropriate employers who need to do background checks on prospective employees. Law enforcement officials are also permitted access to Baldwin county criminal records, as is the person who is themselves on the record. There is no county office to access this information, so you will have to put your request in to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center. The cost for these records is $25 USD.