Randolph County is in eastern Alabama and though the county seat is Wedowee, the health department office that issues Randolph County public records is in Roanoke. So if you plan on getting any copies of birth, death or marriage records then that is where you will want to go. They have open counter service to the public during standard weekday business hours, and you just have to go with your request forms to make an application. Files are usually issued within half an hour or quicker.
Along with a properly filled out form, you will also have to pay a search fee. You are paying for the search, so even if no documents are found you won't be getting any money back. It's a good idea to double-check your information.
If you cannot get to Roanoke, you can send your paperwork by mail as well. The main Vital Records office in Montgomery also accepts mailed-in requests for Randolph County public records. Mailed forms will have a longer processing time than going in person, usually around 1 to 2 weeks.
Randolph County Birth Records
Most Randolph County birth records were registered after 1908, but there are still older records that were kept before the state began to make it mandatory. Any pre-1908 births may be recorded but don't be surprised if they are missing or incomplete. All birth records in Alabama are private for 125 years so most recorded material will only be accessible to immediate family members. Specifically, only children, parents, siblings and spouses may request any Randolph County birth record. The cost for each certified copy is $15, and extra copies of the same record are $6 each.
Randolph County Death Records
Randolph County death records also began consistent registrations in 1908 so that is when the bulk of the records start. There is a similar privacy restriction but only for 25 years from when the certificate was issued. After that, you are able to find any record you wish, whether the decedent is within your family or not. The State Archives has many records available for free, or you can still get a certified copy from the health department for $15.
Randolph County Marriage Records
There are no particular rules or restrictions associated with Randolph County marriage records so they are quite easy to get. The health office issues them, just like the others, and most records have been collected since 1936. Divorce records are also available for issue, but they have only been registered as vital records since 1950. The cost for either of these is $15 each.
Randolph County Criminal Records
Unless you are an employer who needs to perform a legal background check, the only Randolph County criminal records you are allowed to access are your own. These files are not the responsibility of the county so your request has to go to the state. All applications need to be sent to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center in Montgomery (by mail is fine), and the fee for each copy you request is $25.