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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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  • How can I find out for free online, if someone has a warrant issued in Madison County, Kentucky and/or Taylor County, Kentucky?
    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.
  • How do I find out in Kentucky, if my mother passed in April of 2015, the results of her revocable will settlement?
    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.
  • How can I find out in Kentucky, if someone is driving on a 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!
  • Where can I find in Kentucky, my deceased parent's marriage certificate?
    Marriage records of the deceased, significantly more than fifty years old, have been archived by many record keepers (county clerks, etc.). If you know where the marriage happened, you can look up the clerk for that area to see how far they go. Depending on where you need to get it from, you may run into a fee, either online or on-site.
  • Where can I find in Kentucky, free information on criminal's background checks?
    You need to do a lot of the work on your own. A person's background information can be found in many different places online or by going to the record keepers' physical location. Several factors determine how your search is conducted and will result. Public records can come in many bits and pieces of information. With that in mind, you will need to fish out some of the records in parts. Begin with what you already know of the person. A good tip to begin with is to look up all the addresses and notice where traces can be of older records can be found also. It is recommended that you look up all free information first regardless. The county courthouse is a place where many records from bankruptcies, criminal cases and divorces can be found. Some court venues will offer online services, however, these services often carry a fee. A way to get around paying the fees can be by going to the location in person to view files. Once the files are checked out, you can either make copies or just view them and move on to the next record. Public record sites list as many useful free databases as possible, including sites that may not readily appear online, facilitating a more expansive search. Similar to casting a net, the larger the scope of your search is, the more results you will catch. It is normal to start with a small amount of profile information, as the search will pick up more data and expand the scope. An example are maiden names found, which would expand the search to include maiden names. Property records reveal if a spouse is named on the deed. As more information surfaces, the more expansive your search will become. Free databanks can be found scattered over the net. Few examples are inmate searches, which can be of local and state institutions, business filings with the secretary of state, land or real estate ownership searches from Property Valuation Administrator and more.
  • Where can I find in Kentucky, access to and a copy of a divorce record?
    There are three factors to consider: Is it the requestor's own divorce or of someone else? Was the divorce prior to June 1958? It would be archived if before this date. The county/city location is not important as the certificate can be requested from the Kentucky's Vital Statistics office. However, if you need to get court record in one of the state's 71 counties, you will need to know location of the filing.
  • Where can I find in Kentucky, what charges have been filed against an individual?
    Criminal charges appear in the case file at the courthouse. Although criminal case files are generally public records and open to inspection, there are exceptions that can be imposed from one court to another, you can see these exceptions on the courts' webpages. Felony cases are filed in Circuit courts, which is the state's court of general jurisdiction. Kentucky's judicial website offers a free case search online. It will not give you the case file or much information at all, you may need to request it and pay a fee to see exactly what you are looking for. Are these charges/case new? Which county/city did this happen? The Kentucky court of justice also has a criminal record report the public can request if it would be helpful in this case. Many of these courts if not all have same day walk in services, attorneys use couriers for this purpose. it's on the criminal complaint
  • Where can I find in Kentucky if information that an individual is looking for is not available but should be considered public?
    Government agencies and their departments will generally have a public information officer. This is a problem that reporters/journalists tend to run into from time to time. A freedom of information act request is filed with the state since it trumps counties and cities after other avenues have been exhausted.
  • Where can I find if an offender is in a Kentucky jail?
    If you're looking into county jails, many sheriff's department websites include an inmate search. If this occurred in Boone county, the sheriff's website provides a list of current and released inmates. Information about the person in custody includes booking number, arrest date, arresting agency, scheduled release date, if any, description of the offender, cases, charges, case number, and more.
  • Where can I find in Kentucky, 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 court's webpage also allows an open search of their cases but will give you case numbers and party information. Since it is a statewide search, you can also see where the issue is.
Kentucky Free Public Records Directory

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

Kentucky Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    9,701
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    221
  • Rape:
    1,572
  • Robbery:
    2,161
  • Aggravated Assault:
    5,747
  • Total Property Crime:
    84,769
  • Burglary:
    15,443
  • Larceny Theft:
    59,130
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    10,196
Kentucky Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    4,339,367
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    4,042,288
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    7%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    297,598
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    4,041,769
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    288,022
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    1,014,323
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    13%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    570,336
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    3,809,537
  • State's black resident population
    337,520
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    10,120
  • State's Asian resident population
    48,930
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    2,501
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    75,208
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    132,836
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    3,745,655
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    88%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    8%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    86%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Kentucky
  • Births
    59,368
  • Deaths
    40,090
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    397
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    84%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Kentucky Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    3%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    4%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    80%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    20%
  • Total number of Veterans
    334,465
  • 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
    1,934,973
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    183,855
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    11%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    70%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $113,100
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    18%
  • Total number of households
    1,674,738
  • Average size of households
    2
  • 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
    $22,284
  • Statewide income of median households in Kentucky
    $40,061
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    18%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $130,581
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $30,824
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    2,080,409
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    217,537
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    11%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    2,438,265
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    106,242
  • People employed by the government
    364,196
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    98,436,649
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    40,372
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    92,587
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