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About Kansas Open Public Record

The Kansas Open Records Act, KORA was enacted in 1984 and grants the right to inspect and obtain copies of public records created or maintained by public agencies in Kansas. The predecessor to the current Kansas Open Records Act was enacted in 1957. The Kansas Open Meetings Act, KOMA was passed in 1972 and legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted. KORA exempts many non print records from FOIA requests. Other exemptions include personal records of employees, excluding contracts, salaries, names, and positions and certain medical records. Kansas currently has 105 counties and 628 cities. There are 3 classes of cities in Kansas based on population. The state of Kansas allows the release of Kansas criminal history records to the general public as well as to a variety of users with specific rights and entitlements. The criminal history records are provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigations. These record checks are fee based and both the fee and extent of information released is dependent on inquirer's status and the reason for which the records are being requested. Search for Kansas public record information quickly and easily online. Find crime statistics, census data, vital records and other background information on Kansas residents. Solicit state, county and city municipality links for services, court and criminal records. View current news and crime reports. Get information on current real estate data, property and land values. Also see Kansas employment data, income earnings and payrolls of residents statewide. Look up records on demographics and data on the local economy. Access this directory for all open public records about Kansas. New sources are added and updated regularly.
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Kansas Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Kansas Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Kansas

  • Does a Kansas legal name change become a searchable public record?
    When the court is petitioned for a name change, the court record of that name change can be found similar to other court files. Name change due to marriage is different. Another challenge is knowing where the petition was filed. Name changes are also published for a specific time period as per state law which you can find easily. Without knowing the circumstances of a particular name change, answers and tips about this subject will also be general. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Kansas, if state police provide arrest reports?
    Arrest reports, not to be confused with criminal background checks, are requested from individual police departments. Police reports are official documents written by individual officers/agencies which made the arrest, while background checks are the criminal history of an individual. Police departments can offer both individual arrest reports as well as background checks. The policy requirements for arrest reports are different as they are for background checks, although both are considered public records. Policy regarding official copies can also vary from one department to another. The Kansas state police does not provide the public arrest reports of all local agencies. Criminal history checks can be requested from the Kansas Bureau of Criminal Investigation online. For the policy of individual departments, look for the records department's webpage and instructions with forms are often provided. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Kansas, if background checks are open to the public and are they different from a comprehensive criminal record search?
    Criminal records are considered open public information. The state of Kansas offers web sources that lets you check your own history of arrest and prosecution. The reason for conducting the background check dictates most of what will be available for the public request. This is only a criminal and not a full background. If an employer is requesting a full search, this may not be sufficient to satisfy what is required prior to employment. This is a statewide check, criminal reports of incidents, persons in custody and other minor infractions as well as felonies may be obtained by requesting public information from the county sheriffs or local police. (Staff)