In eastern Alabama, Tallapoosa County was officially created in 1832. I you are in need of a copy of a Tallapoosa County public record, many will date from 1832 onward but more complete records can be found after 1908 when the state made such registrations mandatory.
To get a certified copy of a Tallapoose County public record, you have to either visit the health department office or send them your application request by mail. You can also mail requests to the state Vital Records office in Montgomery if you wish. Mailed requests usually have a week or two turn-around time. If you go right to the office, they issue your documents while you are there.
You can pick up a blank request form at the desk, or print one at home from the Alabama Department of Public Health website. There is one form for all vital records, so you need to make sure you are filling out the right fields. Each record you request will cost you $15 USD, which you can pay in cash at the counter or by check through the mail.
There are two locations for health department offices for Tallapoosa County: one in Alexander City and one in Dadeville. They both handle the issuing of vital records, so you can go to either office at your convenience.
Tallapoosa County Birth Records
Tallapoosa County birth records from before 1908 may be lacking the name of the child born, so you must have both parents full names as well as the date of birth and location of birth in order to make sure you have the right record. You will also have to contend with the 125-year long privacy period that all birth records have. For that time period, records can only be retrieved by immediate family members or by the person who is actually on the record.
Tallapoosa County Death Records
It only takes 25 years for Tallapoosa County death records to become open to the public, so any records older than that can be found for free through the State Archive and some online genealogy sites. If you need a copy that has been certified, then you do need to go through the health office though. Just like with the birth records, any death records from before 1908 can be a problem. In this case, the records are just really bare. All you'll get is a name, date and location for the death.
Tallapoosa County Marriage Records
Marriage records have no such privacy rules, so you can request any Tallapoosa County marriage record you need. The county has been recording marriages for a long time through the Probate courthouse, and they have more records than the main health office does because their collection only starts in 1936. Check the courthouse if you are looking for older material, otherwise, apply at the health office like the others.
Tallapoosa County Criminal Records
The health department doesn't issue criminal records, those will have to come from the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center in Montgomery. They do accept mailed-in requests, and their website has the proper forms. You are only allowed to request your own Tallapoosa County criminal records as this is strictly private material.