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About Kentucky Open Public Record

An open meetings and records law was passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1974. The Kentucky Open Records Act is a series of laws that guarantees access to public records of government bodies, with the Kentucky Open Meetings Act legislating the methods by which public meetings are conducted. All public records must be open for inspection unless the records are exempted by one or more of the twelve exemptions found in the Act which include public records that are prohibited from disclosure by State or Federal law. There are 120 counties in Kentucky but also has 39 independent cities that are not part of any county and deal directly with the state government, giving that state 134 county level administrative units. that act as a smaller local government of the state. The state of Kentucky recognizes 419 cities which are divided into six classes based on their population. The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts provides criminal history reports including felonies since 1978, misdemeanors and traffic cases from five years of more. Discover a myriad of Kentucky public records online. Gather interesting facts, figures and statistics about the people and history of Kentucky. Link to the county sites to find information on the how their governing bodies operate and services they offer. You may also research a wealth of information on individual cities and community resources and attractions within the state. Investigate the possibilities of doing business in Kentucky by learning about the state's business laws. Get access to birth and death records from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Link to the Kentucky State Police site for criminal records and other criminal reports. Find out how affordable it is to live in Kentucky by acquiring data on the housing and real estate markets. Read about up to date current events and news headlines for Kentucky. This site is updated regularly for the best and most current services.
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Kentucky Free Public Records Directory


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

Kentucky Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Kentucky

  • How do I find out the reason for jail time in Kentucky for a person in the 1920s or 1930s?
    I had the name of the jail, so I called them directly. They put me through to a very nice older gentleman. I first told me it may take some time to find the information, but they kept all records since the prison opened. He called me back in a couple minutes to get my email. He copied the information and emailed it. So much easier than I expected. (Staff)
  • Where do I find information on free public court records?
    Your county circuit court clerk should be able to provide you requested information. If you're looking for bankruptcy or state level court cases, check the court search above under Kentucky Free Court Records Search. Records are generally from individual agencies and can appear anywhere online once published. The state of Kentucky's courts webpage also allows an open search of their cases, but will give you case numbers and party information. You can also see where the case is since it is a statewide search. (Staff)
  • My mother passed in April of 2015, looking for her revocable will settlement results. -my sister will not let me see the will. I am the oldest daughter of my mom.Paula said the estate has been settled?
    If the will was probated, filed at the courthouse, the court records/files are public. Trusts are not public, nor is the will while the person is still alive, generally, I'm not sure if there are any exceptions to it. When the person makes changes to their trust, such as transfer/name assets in it, they should send a copy or notify of the updates. (Staff)
  • How can you find out for free online if someone has a warrant issued in Madison county and Taylor county KY?
    You can start by checking individual city warrant lists in the counties. Richmond has a warrants list online open to anyone to check. There are other factors, is it a municipal/traffic warrant as so many are. You can see what is available by looking into each city and county's courts and law enforcement website. There's also a free warrant search from the Kentucky state police. There are contact numbers to the county/city clerk's offices through their sites where you will find how to check for warrants also, some have it online and other do not asking for the public to call in. (Staff)
  • How do u find out if someone is driving on suspended license?
    You can check a driver's 3 year history records from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's website. The five year search is not public, however, a three year is public record and can be requested by the general public online. There's a small fee (3 bucks), but you will be able to see driving restrictions, status, license expiration and traffic violations. Personal information (gender, age, date of birth and SSN) and accident information are not included as in the 5 year non public record contains. Hope that helps! (Staff)

Kentucky Missing Children


Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Madison Fogal
    Madison Fogal, Age Now: 15, Missing: 09/21/2020. Missing From Richmond, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Kentucky State Police (kentucky) 1-502-782-1800.
    September 26, 2020
  • Missing: Aqual Stone
    Aqual Stone, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/08/2020. Missing From Lexington, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Lexington Police Department (kentucky) 1-859-258-3600.
    September 23, 2020
  • Missing: Hannah Thomas
    Hannah Thomas, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/05/2020. Missing From Somerset, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Somerset Police Department (kentucky) 1-606-679-6366.
    September 18, 2020
  • Missing: Makayla Ayers
    Makayla Ayers, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/08/2020. Missing From Albany, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Clinton County Sheriff's Office (kentucky) 1-606-387-5111.
    September 17, 2020
  • Missing: Alexis Davis-mardis
    Alexis Davis-mardis, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/13/2020. Missing From Kirksey, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Marshall County Sheriff's Office (kentucky) 1-270-527-3112.
    September 15, 2020
  • Missing: Carlee Harris
    Carlee Harris, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/28/2020. Missing From Louisville, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Louisville Metro Police Department (kentucky) 1-502-572-3480.
    September 12, 2020

Kentucky Recent Criminal Activity Reports


Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Kentucky Missing People


Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Kaytlyn Norden • Louisville, Kentucky • 23 Years Old
    January 07, 2018
  • Missing Person • Fred Paar • Ghent, Kentucky • 48 Years Old
    September 23, 2017
  • Updated: Missing Person • Fred Paar • Ghent, Kentucky • 48 Years Old
    September 23, 2017
  • Missing Person • Tiffaney Andrus And Sean Barker • Lexington, Kentucky • 27 Years Old And 7 M
    September 10, 2017
  • Missing Person • Joshua Dawayne Patrick Dooley • London, Kentucky • 30 Years Old
    April 07, 2017

Kentucky Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/28/2020)

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Kentucky American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 09/28/2020)

  • Kentucky's demographic and housing ACS survey of 4,383,272 being 1.4 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.2% males and 50.8% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Kentucky social characteristics data of 1,702,235 households, which make up 1.46 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,134,316 families with and without children. There are 1,101,178 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Kentucky American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 3,476,701 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 1.4 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 2,063,756 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Kentucky housing characteristics are collected from 1,938,836 dwellings making up 1.46 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 1,702,235 or uninhabited 236,601 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 1,702,235 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Kentucky Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Kentucky
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Kentucky Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Kentucky
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    23 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • Kentucky Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
  • Statewide income of median households in Kentucky
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Kentucky
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Kentucky territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile