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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 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 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)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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! (Staff)