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  • 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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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.

Attorney General Opinions

Search for opinions of the Kentucky Attorney General by keyword or year.

Births and Christenings 1839-1960

Search for Kentucky births and christenings recorded between 1839 and 1960.

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

City and Town Records

Search public records free in Kentucky cities and towns.

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.

Company Search | Business Name Availability

Search for Business Name Availability through the Kentucky Secretary of State.

Constitution

Browse Kentucky state constitution by section or search by keyword. Gives full text of section, subject, ratification date, and history of each section.

County & Commonwealth Attorneys

Kentucky County & Commonwealth Attorneys by county.

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.

County Records

Search public records free in Kentucky counties.

Court Employees - Judges, Clerks, Officers & Administrators

Browse these Kentucky Court of Justice lists for judges, county circuit court clerks, court administrators, officers, and pretrial officers to obtain their addresses and phone numbers.

Court of Appeals Opinions

Search the Kentucky Court of Justice database of the Kentucky Court of Appeals published opinions.

Court Records | PACER Federal District Courts  Pay Site

PACER United States District Court civil, criminal, and bankruptcy records for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

Criminal Histories

Kentucky Court of Justice criminal history background reports.

Criminal Records  Pay Site

Search Kentucky statewide or nationwide for criminal records by name & DOB or age. Save time and get more information.

Deaths and Burials 1843-1970

Search over 600,000 Kentucky deaths and burial records filed between 1843 and 1970.

Driver History Records

Use this Kentucky Transportation Cabinet service to request Kentucky Driving History Records.

Election Candidates

Search for County and State Election Candidates in Kentucky.

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.

Foreclosures | Kentucky Housing Corporation

Kentucky Housing Corporation foreclosure properties for sale.

Foundations & Charitable Organizations

Browse list of Kentucky foundations and charitable organizations. Gives name, mailing address, purpose, assets, contributions, and year of last filing.

Geologic Maps & Surveys

Kentucky Geologic Maps and Surveys. Provided by the University of Kentucky.

Government Employee Telephone Listings

Search the Kentucky State Government Telephone Listings for contact information for government employees.

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.

Legislation

Browse Kentucky bills, resolutions, & amendments by year & number. Gives full text with amendments, author(s), summary, and complete history of actions.

Legislators

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.

Licenses - Professional, Medical & Business

Kentucky professional, medical, and business license databases and license verification services.

Lobbyist Employers

Browse by name for Employers of Lobbyists in Kentucky. Provides employer name, legislative agent name, phone number, contact, and address.

Lobbyists

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.

Statutes

Search Kentucky revised statutes by keyword or browse by title, chapter, and section. Gives full text, summary, effective date, and history of each statute.

Summons

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.

Trademarks & Service Marks

Search Kentucky Trademarks & Service Marks by word mark, description, name, or registration number.

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.

Water Wells & Springs

Search for Water Wells & Spring records in Kentucky.


Kentucky is located in the eastern south-central region of the United States. The Capital is Frankfort and the largest city is Louisville.  The Official Web Site is located at http://kentucky.gov/Pages/home.aspx.  Kentucky is the 26th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 4,413,457 and the 2010 census population was 4,339,349.  The land area is 39,486.34 square miles and there are 109.9 persons per square mile.

88.5% of the population is White, 8.2% is Black or African American, 3.3% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.3% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.7% are two or more races. 83% are a high school graduate or higher, and 21.5% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $120,400. There are on average 2.50 persons per household, the per capita income is $23,462, the median household income is $43,036, and 18.8% of the persons in Kentucky are considered below poverty level.

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