Though its been a county since 1832, the state didn't start requiring the registrations of births and deaths until 1908. So when retrieving Coosa County public records, the available records may be sporadic and incomplete for the years before 1908.
To make a request for a certified copy of a Coosa County public record, you just have to fill out the proper forms and pay the search fee. In Alabama, all county health department offices are able to issue such copies so you just have to go to the office in Rockford. They can usually assist you while you wait at the counter.
If that is not possible for you, you can also send the same forms through the mail to the state Vital Records office in Montgomery. You will have to send the fee as either a check or money order, and have it made out to the State Board of Health.
Coosa County Birth Records
Coosa County birth records are bound by state laws restricting access for 125 years after the birth date on the certificate. It's to prevent identity theft and other types of fraud. Until that time has passed, you can only get a copy of a birth certificate for yourself and for immediate family members. The current cost to get a copy of a Coosa County birth record is $15 USD. If you are searching for an older record (prior to 1908), then you may have a challenge because it was not typical to record the name of the child. Most records will have the location, date, parents names but not the name of the child.
Coosa County Death Records
The privacy boundaries for Coosa County death records stops at 25 years so you will have less difficulty getting copies of documents for other family members if you are looking to do so. Anything more recent than 25 years will still be limited to immediate family members. Since they become public domain after 25 years, much of records holdings are available through libraries or even the State Archives. Granted, these will only be copies on microfilm or printed in books and will not have the same standing as an officially certified copy from the county.
Coosa County Marriage Records
There are no restrictions on Coosa County marriage records as they are considered completely public domain right from the start. You just need the right forms, and the names of both bride and groom, date of the marriage and location where it took place. Certified copies will cost $15 USD, like the other records. The main state collection of records will start in 1936 but you can also search much farther back if you make your request at the Probate courthouse. They are also in Rockford and have been collecting marriage registrations for much longer than the state has.
Coosa County Criminal Records
Coosa County criminal records are not considered public domain at any time, so you will only be able to access your own criminal background record. The county does not keep these records, so your application needs to go to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, and they are in Montgomery. Mailed in applications are fine, but make sure you include your fingerprints and the $25 USD fee.