Kentucky Public Records

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.

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)
  • Where can I find in Kentucky, my deceased parents marriage certificate?
    Marriage records of the deceased, specially 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. You may run into a fee, either online or on site, depends on where you need to get it from. (Staff)
  • If there is a specific type of record you are looking for that will helpful, you can search this self help directory, which is the purpose of the content. You can search for free records, or pay a private services to do it for you. Take a look at the information that is available for free first. Ask for what you need specifically in posts, just laying out a series of events will not be helpful. This site is advantageous when you're looking for public records and their sources. (Staff)
  • 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 (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Kentucky, all my mom's arrest records?
    All records are not public. There are specific records which are open to the public, there's a list of providers where you can find different public records. Specific records have different request policies and process, which depends on the agency. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Kentucky, access to mugshots?
    You can go directly to the sheriff's department site and look up persons that are locked up. Which county or law enforcement department made the arrest? (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Kentucky, information about a mother and four children killed in a 1979 fire?
    Local libraries offer public access to periodicals which contain newsworthy events. Since the incident may not be a widely noteworthy event, smaller papers/publications may still carry that story. Where in Kentucky the incident occurred is important as different libraries have more or less services. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Kentucky, access to a copy of a missing persons report from 1992?
    These reports are usually filed with the police department. There are sites specifically for missing persons, regardless of whether it was a long time ago if the person is still missing. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Kentucky, the number of arrests due to domestic violence?
    The Kentucky State Police releases their crime and traffic data publications annually from 1995 to 2012. They are in pdf so may not come up initially in searches. (Staff)
  • 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 its departments will generally have a public information officer. This is a problem that reporters/journalists ten to run into from time to time. A freedom of information act request is filed with the state since it trumps county and cities after other avenues have been exhausted. (Staff)
  • Where can I find if an offender is in a Kentucky jail?
    If you're looking into county jails, many of the sheriff's department websites include an inmate search. If this occurred in Boone county, the sheriffs website provides a list of current and released inmates. Information of 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. (Staff)
  • Was there a john mckinney in a Kentucky prison around 1930-1940?
    The Kentucky department of corrections offender online lookup lists current prisoners, but if you access the same pages on the doc's website, you'll see instructions in regards to obtaining records from past incarcerated people (Staff)

Kentucky Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/21/2021)

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Kentucky American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/21/2021)

  • About Kentucky ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates
    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.
  • About Kentucky Selected Social Characteristics
    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.
  • About Kentucky Selected Economic Characteristics
    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.
  • About Kentucky Selected Housing Characteristics
    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.