The Kansas Open Records Act is found in the Kansas Code, section 45-215. It enables the public to inspect public records made or held by public agencies.
Some records are exempt from open scrutiny, including records closed due to legal mandates, such as taxpayer records, adoption records, and child welfare records. Other records are closed on a discretionary basis by the agency holding such records. These include criminal investigation records, personnel records, Social Security numbers, and library circulation records.
We have placed the most common and useful statewide resources on this page. To access other types of records, such as those held by a city or county office, or for professional and business license searches, use the drop-downs on the left.
- Court System - The Kansas court system has four levels. At the first are the Municipal Courts, which handle ordinance violations, traffic offenses. At the second are the District Courts. These trial courts have general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases. At the third level is the Court of Appeals, which hears appeals from the district courts and appeals from orders of the State Corporation Commission. At the fourth and highest level is the Kansas Supreme Court, which hears appeals from the lower courts. Kansas Court Records
- Criminal Records - The Municipal Courts handle some DUI/DWI cases, along with lesser traffic offenses. Other DUI/DWI cases are handled by the District Courts, which also oversee misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile cases. To see what databases are searchable online, refer to our Kansas Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – Birth, death, marriage & divorce certificates are provided by: Office of Vital Statistics, 1000 S W Jackson, Suite 110, Topeka, KS 66612, (785) 296-1400 Info, Fax: (785) 357-4332. See our Vital Records page for historical birth indexes; the Social Security Death Index for Kansas, statewide deaths & burials from 1885 to 1930, and available city & county databases for deaths, burials, cemeteries, and obituaries; statewide historical marriages, and available county marriage databases; and domestic court divorce records.