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.
|County Clerks |
Browse the alphabetical directory of Kentucky county clerks by county to view information including name, address, phone, and fax.
|Court Calendars | by County |
Select a county to generate a list of District and Circuit Court dockets for the coming week. Provides case name & number, hearing time, and subject matter.
|Death Index 1911-1992 |
Search for Kentucky deaths between 1911 and 1986, and 1987 through 1992 by name, place of death, or residence. Gives date of death, age, death certificate number, and location of record.
|Death Records 1911-2000 |
Search for Kentucky death records between 1911 and 2000 by name, place of death, residence, or year. Gives age, place of birth, date of death, death certificate number, and location of record.
|Divorce Index 1973-1993 |
Search for Kentucky divorces between 1973 and 1993 by name of husband or wife. Gives name, race, & county of residence for husband and wife, date & county of divorce, and date & county of marriage.
|Inmates | Department of Corrections |
Kentucky Department of Corrections offender lookup of currently incarcerated inmate. Provides picture, vital statistics, aliases, crime, hearing information, and sentence length.
|Kentucky Official Site |
Start at this official home page for the State of Kentucky to find more about government agencies, programs, and services.
|Land Records |
Search this Kentucky Land Office database by keyword for military and non-military land patents (including Jackson Purchase, patents West of Tennessee River & county court order patents). Also supplies city and county land information and Revolutionary War Warrants.
|Marriage Records 1973-1993 |
Search for Kentucky marriage records from 1973 to 1993 by name of bride or groom. Gives name, race, and residence of both bride and groom. Also gives date and place of marriage.
|Marriage Records 1973-2000 |
Search for Kentucky marriage records from 1973 to 2000 by name of husband or wife, residence of husband or wife, or year & place of marriage. Gives marriage date, marriage certificate number, and location of record.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search for Kentucky unclaimed property by name of owner. Provides address, city, zip code, property ID number, and information on how to make a claim.
|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.
|Administrative Regulations |
Browse Kentucky Administrative Regulations by title, chapter, and section, or search by keyword. Gives full text for all regulations.
|Arts Resources for Teachers & Schools |
Search the Kentucky Arts Council Arts Toolkit database for Arts Resources for Teachers & Schools. Search by last name/organization, KDE service region, arts discipline, and/or level of expertise.
|Atlas & Gazetteer |
Search the Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer by county to view geographic information, including a listing of parks and preserves.
|Campaign Finance |
This database allows you to search for Campaign Finance information in Kentucky by candidate, contributor, organization, election date, individual name, organization name, city, zipcode, employer, occupation, contribution amount, date range, contributor type, and/or contribution mode.
|Cemetery Records |
Search Kentucky Historical Society cemetery records and cemetery inscriptions
|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.
|Coal Miner Deaths |
Browse these Rootsweb.com databases of Kentucky Coal Miner Deaths by county and year.
Browse Kentucky state constitution by section or search by keyword. Gives full text of section, subject, ratification date, and history of each section.
|County Assessors / Property Value Administrators |
Kentucky Department of Revenue OPV's county Property Value Administrators Directory to view information including location, telephone/fax numbers, email address, office hours and some personal information.
|Criminal Histories (info) |
Go here for information from the Kentucky Court of Justice on how to obtain criminal history background checks.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search Kentucky statewide or nationwide for criminal records by name & DOB or age. Save time and get more information.
|Driver History Records |
Use this Kentucky Transportation Cabinet service to request Kentucky Driving History Records.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Kentucky for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Kentucky instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Foundations & Charitable Organizations |
Browse list of Kentucky foundations and charitable organizations. Gives name, mailing address, purpose, assets, contributions, and year of last filing.
|Health Services and Facilities |
Browse the Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services Office of Certificate of Need inventory of health services, facilities and major medical equipment to view information including name, county and other details.
|Historical Society Digital Collection |
Search the Kentucky Historical Society Digital Collection for manuscripts maps, photographs, and collections by keyword(s), creator/contributor, county, locale, date, collection type, and/or digital resource.
|Inmates / Offenders |
Find offenders and inmates in Kentucky by facility, name, DOB or age range.
Browse Kentucky bills, resolutions, & amendments by year & number. Gives full text with amendments, author(s), summary, and complete history of actions.
Search for members of the Kentucky Senate or House of Representatives alphabetically or by District or County.
|Libraries - Academic |
Use this service of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives to browse their alphabetical listing of academic libraries in Kentucky. Provides name, address, telephone/fax numbers and other contact information.
|Libraries - Public |
Browse this directory of Kentucky public libraries by county to view information including library name, address, phone, fax and contact.
|Lobbyist Employers |
Browse by name for Employers of Lobbyists in Kentucky. Provides employer name, legislative agent name, phone number, contact, and address.
Browse by name for registered legislative agents (lobbyists) in Kentucky. Provides agent name, employer, phone, contact, and address.
|Marriages 1785-1979 |
Search over 1.5 million Kentucky marriage records filed between 1785 and 1979.
|Mine Maps |
Search the Kentucky Mine Mapping Information System by map, county, or 7.5' quadrangle for available mine maps and known mined out areas.
|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.
|Oil & Gas Wells |
Search for Kentucky Oil and Gas Wells by county quadrangle, or Carter Coordinates. Or search via ArcIMS an interactive map system.
|Place Names Database |
Search for places in Kentucky by name, type (church, airport, office, knob, stream, etc.), county, or source of information. Site fills in unknown information.
|Protective Orders |
Search for Kentucky protective orders by case number and respondent name and county of issuance.
|School Districts |
Browse this alphabetical directory of Kentucky schools by district to view information including districts, schools, staff and contact info.
|Schools - Non-Public |
Download this alphabetical directory of Kentucky certified non-public schools by county to view information including schools, districts, accrediting association, contact info, etc.
|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.
|Schools - Public |
Browse this alphabetical directory of Kentucky public schools by county to view information including schools, staff and contact info.
|State Bar Pass Lists |
Browse lists of people who passed recent Kentucky state bar exams. Gives name and exam month.
Search Kentucky revised statutes by keyword or browse by title, chapter, and section. Gives full text, summary, effective date, and history of each statute.
Use this Kentucky Secretary of State Service of Summons Lookup Service to search for summonses serviced in the last six months.
|Supreme Court Dockets |
Search the Kentucky Supreme Court's docket by attorney's name, case number, circuit case or litigants to view case info, stepsheet, associated cases, circuit info, attorneys and litigants.
|Supreme Court Opinions |
Search the Kentucky Court of Justice database of the Kentucky Supreme Court's published opinions.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Kentucky Secretary of State UCC filings. Search by organization name, individual name, or filing number. Document copies are provided in pdf format for free.
|Vanity Plates |
Search the Kentucky Vehicle Information System for available personalized vehicle plates, motorcycle plates, and military plates.