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ROCKFORD, Ala. – The courthouse in Coosa County will open Monday, according to the county’s probate judge.

Judge Richard Dean posted the update to his Facebook page today.

“The Coosa County Courthouse and affiliated offices will be opening to the public with limitations on Monday, May 18, 2020. This COVID-19 virus has drastically changed how we live our lives and how we conduct business. None of us like it, but sadly, it may be months before we return to “business as usual;” if we ever do,” Dean wrote.

Security Guards will screening customers using the CDC questionnaire prior to allowing them to enter the courthouse. Temperature checks will be performed on all people entering the courthouse, customers and employees alike. People running a fever, those who had recent contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19, people who have been out of the country recently will be denied access.

Here is what Dean wrote in his post:

The Coosa County Courthouse and affiliated offices will be opening to the public with limitations on Monday, May 18, 2020. This COVID-19 virus has drastically changed how we live our lives and how we conduct business. None of us like it, but sadly, it may be months before we return to “business as usual;” if we ever do.

In order to gain access to the courthouse, customers need to schedule an appointment. In order to maintain required social distancing, there will be a limit to the number of customers who may be in each office at any given time. For example, only two people will be allowed in the Automobile Licensing Office, two in the Probate Office Records Room, one in the Driver License/Recording Office, two at the Revenue Commissioner’s windows, two in the Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Only the person doing business will be granted entry with one exception: A disabled/handicapped person may be accompanied by one person to assist him/her in accomplishing their business. The only items authorized to be brought into the courthouse are small/clutch purses, wallets, keys, checkbooks, paperwork, etc.; no backpacks, no large purses, no bags.

The Courthouse Security Guards will be screening customers using the CDC questionnaire prior to allowing them to enter the courthouse. Temperature checks will be performed on all people entering the courthouse, customers and employees alike. People running a fever, those who had recent contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19, people who have been out of the country recently will be denied access.

In addition to handling customers by appointment, all the Judge of Probate offices will continue to renew registrations and handle everything that we can accomplish by phone and/or e-mail to prevent you from having to come into the courthouse. To make an appointment or handle your business over the phone customers may call 256-377-4919; option 1 or 2 for Probate, Recording, Driver License renewals and option 3 for automobile registrations, business licenses, conservation licenses, and titles.

Please be aware you can renew your driver license online, one time without a new photo. If you wish/need the STAR ID, you will have to see (by appointment only) an ALEA Examiner in Montgomery. Their phone number to schedule an appointment is 334-274-0306 or 0307. YOU DO NOT NEED A STAR ID TO VOTE!

We all hate this situation in which we find ourselves. Our patience is being severely tried. However, we have no option, and as Will Rogers so aptly put it, “The best way out of difficulty is through it.” I look forward to the day we can stand close, talk, laugh, and associate with each other without wearing masks or gloves! Until then; take care, stay safe and healthy, and let’s get through it!


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