Cullman County was the second-last modern county in Alabama to be formed, in 1877. They're located in the north-central part of the state, and the county seat is Cullman. Most Cullman County public records will date from 1908 but can go farther back than the founding of the state.
The health department office in Cullman is your source for nearly all copies of Cullman County public records, and their counter is open during regular business hours for while-you-wait service. The forms are usually available at the counter or you can download a copy from the Alabama Department of Health website if you want to fill out one ahead of time. Just submit the form along with the fee. You will also have to show your own government-issued photo ID (like a driver's license or passport) when you put in your paperwork.
Cullman County Birth Records
If you are looking for old Cullman County birth records, you may find some difficulty as many old records in Alabama did not have the name of the child included. This can be a possibility for records prior to 1908 and even up to the 1920s. That problem aside, you will have a 125-year waiting period for any birth records outside your immediate family. During that time, you can only order copies of a Cullman County birth record for your child, parent, sibling or current spouse. You can also order your own records. The cost is $15 USD for each record retrieved. After 125 years, the material is moved to the State Archives where you can search for free.
Cullman County Death Records
Cullman County death records are not as tightly guarded as the birth records, so you will only be restricted to your immediate family for 25 years after the date of death. After that, the records are open to the public and can be searched at the State Archives as well or even through various online sources. If you need a certified copy, or one that is more recent, then you will have to order through the health department. They are $15 USD each.
Cullman County Marriage Records
Marriage records are part of the public domain, regardless of age or personal relationship to you. Cullman County marriage records can be ordered like the others through the health department for $15 each but you can also make a request at the Probate courthouse (also in Cullman). The state collection goes back to 1936, but the courts will most likely have much older records at their disposal. You can also get copies of divorce records, starting in 1950.
Cullman County Criminal Records
The only Cullman County public records that you are not really privy to are the criminal records. These are held by the state, and considered highly confidential. You can only request copies of your own criminal background if you need the documents. Cullman County criminal records can be found at the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center and their website has blank forms for making a request. The cost is $25 for each retrieval.