Colbert County is up in the north-western corner of Alabama and has been an incorporated county since 1867. Getting Colbert County public records is as easy as a trip to the health department office in Sheffield.
They offer counter service to get certified copies of most vital records, providing you are eligible to have a copy and have the proper paperwork filled out. You can save time by getting the forms from the Alabama Department of Health website before you go. When you are there, you will need to show some ID and pay the current search fee for whatever type of record you are requesting. With all of that in order, you should have your Colbert County public records in your hands in less than half an hour.
Another option is to send the same documents and fees to the Alabama Vital Records Department in Montgomery. They can also retrieve Colbert County public records, and will have them back to you in under 2 weeks.
Colbert County Birth Records
Colbert County birth records are kept strictly confidential for 125 years after the date of birth. So any distant family research can be difficult. You can request a copy of your own birth certificate, and that of your immediate family members though. The cost is $15 USD for the first copy, and $6 each for any additional copies. If you are searching for older Colbert County birth records (prior to 1908), you should take extra care when providing information because the name of the child wasn't commonly recorded. So the dates and parents names will be most important.
Colbert County Death Records
When looking for Colbert County death records, you will only be limited by the family restrictions for 25 years. Until that point, you will only be able to get a copy of a death certificate for children, parents, spouses and siblings. After that, you can still make a request through the health department for a certified copy but you can also access the State Archives for free copies of the originals. These are good if you just need the information, not the certification.
Colbert County Marriage Records
You won't hit any restriction difficulties if you are looking to get copies of Colbert County marriage records. These are considered public domain and you can get a copy of anyone's marriage record regardless of when they were married or what their relationship is to you. The cost is also $15 USD, and you can get them at the health department as well. Probate courts recorded marriages earlier than the state, so you should be able to find pre-1936 material at the courthouse in Tuscumbia.
Colbert County Criminal Records
You will only be able to make a request for your own Colbert County criminal record, unless you happen to be in law enforcement or are an employer who needs to make a background check on a potential employee. Background checks like that can actually be done online at the Alabama Background Check website (you need a secure account to use the system). To order your own records, the cost will be $25 USD per copy, and your request needs to be sent to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center.