Elmore County is in central Alabama and was formed in 1866. The county seat is Wetumpka, which is where you will find most government offices that handle county business.
That includes the county health department office, which is where you need to go in order to get copies of most Elmore County public records. They can issues certified copies to anyone who is eligible to make a request, and that will vary on the certificates you are looking for.
You need to fill out the forms, which are available at the counter or by download from the Alabama Department of Public Health's website. With the completed paperwork, you also need to show your own photo ID to the clerk and pay the search fee. If you are mailing your application, you need to include a photocopy of your ID instead. At the health office, they are open for public service during weekdays and they accept mailed in forms as well. You can also mail your requests to the central Vital Records office for the state in Montgomery.
Many county files date back to the founding of the county in 1866 or earlier but the majority of the available Elmore County public records will start in 1908. Alabama required the registration of births and deaths by every county in that year.
Elmore County Birth Records
You will only be eligible to access Elmore County birth records for people other than yourself if you are the child, parent, sibling or spouse of the person on the record. All others are off-limits for a period of 125 years. After that, you may be able to access the free of charge from the State Archive. When applying through the health office, you will need to provide the person's name, date and location of birth and their parents names.
Elmore County Death Records
The time restriction for an Elmore County death record is only 25 years, with the same family member limits until that time has passed. You will need to know the person's full name, date and location of death as well as their birth date. Each copy of a death record will cost $15 USD, same as a birth record. The fees are not refunded if your records aren't located.
Elmore County Marriage Records
The state began keeping marriage registration information in 1936 though the county should have earlier records than that. You can get a certified copy of any Elmore County marriage record regardless of whose it is, they are considered to be public domain materials. The cost is the same as for the other records, and they can be ordered at the health office or the Probate courthouse.
Elmore County Criminal Records
Criminal records are strictly confidential in the state of Alabama, so you will only be able to get a copy of your own Elmore County criminal record and no one else's. The cost for these files is $25 USD and you put in your application with the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center rather than an office in the county. Forms are available on their website.