Kentucky Public Records
The Kentucky Open Records Law, found in the Kentucky Code sections 61.870 through 61.884, secures the right of the people to access and copy public records. What are public records in KY? The Open Records Law identifies them as books, papers, cards, photographs, tapes, maps, software, recordings, or any other documentation used and retained by a public agency.
Exceptions to open records include test questions used for licensing examinations, formulas used in real estate appraisals, ongoing investigation records, and records containing information of a personal nature where the public disclosure thereof would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
Consider this your starting point for statewide record searches. We’ve put the most useful and common resources here. Reach for county and city records by utilizing the toolbars in the side margin.
- Court System - The Kentucky court system has four levels. At the first is the District Court, which handles juvenile matters, ordinances, misdemeanors, traffic offenses, probate, arraignments, felony hearings, small claims, civil cases under $5K, mental commitments & domestic violence cases. At the second level is the general jurisdiction Circuit Court, which handles civil cases over $5K, felonies, land title disputes, and contested probate cases. A Family Court division handles matters of divorce, child custody, adoption & domestic violence. At the third level is the Court of Appeals, which reviews decisions by the lower courts. At the fourth level is the Supreme Court, which reviews appeals from the lower courts, and all decisions resulting in death penalty & long-term imprisonment. Kentucky Court Records
- Criminal Records - Misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and felony preliminary hearings are handled by the District Courts. Felonies are handled by the Circuit Courts. The toughest cases are handled by US Marshal Raylen Givens. For access to databases and information on criminal searches within the bluegrass state, kindly refer to our Kentucky Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – Certificate copies are available through the: Office of Vital Statistics, 275 East Main Street 1E-A, Frankfort, KY 40621, (502) 564-4212, Fax: (502) 227-0032. Consult our Vital Records page for historical statewide & county birth indexes; the Social Security Death Index for Kentucky, statewide cemeteries; statewide historical death indexes; and available city & county databases for deaths, burials, cemeteries, and obituaries; statewide historical marriages, and available county marriage databases; and divorce records between 1973 and 1993.
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|Company Search |
Search the Kentucky Secretary of State for Kentucky domestic & foreign corporations, assumed business names, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, and professional LLCs. Gives company status, type, filing date, expiration date, standing, officers, activity history, stock information, assumed names, and contact info.
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|Active Charity Promotions |
Browse registered Kentucky charity promotions and fund raisers by name to view city, solicitor name, start and end of promotion, and revenue percentages.
|Atlas & Gazetteer |
Search the Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer by county to view geographic information, including a listing of parks and preserves.
|Coal Data |
Searches for various types of Kentucky coal data including header data for coal borehole locations, coal production data for Kentucky since 1790, and an online version of a field guide.
Browse Kentucky state constitution by section or search by keyword. Gives full text of section, subject, ratification date, and history of each section.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Kentucky instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
Browse Kentucky bills, resolutions, & amendments by year & number. Gives full text with amendments, author(s), summary, and complete history of actions.
|Lobbyist Employers |
Browse by name for Employers of Lobbyists in Kentucky. Provides employer name, legislative agent name, phone number, contact, and address.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Kentucky to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Most Wanted |
Browse this Kentucky state police database by name, photo, and crime committed for a list of the most wanted fugitives.
|Schools - Other |
Browse this alphabetical directory of other Kentucky schools by county to view information including schools, staff and contact info. Includes the Kentucky School for the Blind and the Kentucky School for the Deaf.
|Supreme Court Opinions |
Search the Kentucky Court of Justice database of the Kentucky Supreme Court's published opinions.