Kentucky Public Records

Kentucky has long made clear provisions for sharing most of its public records. It is important to understand what the public law says about accessing these records.

First passed in 1976, the Kentucky Open Records Act gives the public the constitutional right to access many of the public records. The Act is found in Chapter 61 KRS 61.870-61.884 of the state statute. The law states that “any person” can examine public records. The word ‘person’ also includes communities, societies, and corporations. You may be required to disclose the reason why you are requesting for the records and what you intend to use them for.

The public bodies that have to produce records include all public agencies, including al local and state government offices. Included here are the legislative and executive branches, as well as anybody in Kentucky that receives at least 25 percent of its funds from the government. The judicial branch is exempt from the law. Records that exempt include:

  • Medical files
  • Trade secrets
  • Personal information
  • Law enforcement records
  • Examination data
  • Records made exempt by court order or statute

Kentucky Criminal Records

There are two agencies that handle background checks in the state of Kentucky. You can apply for criminal records report using the online system of Kentucky Court of Justice. This is a name-based report and it is also for public records report. The Kentucky State Police also administers background checks for employment, criminal justice and licensing purposes. These reports require a signed consent from the person you would want to perform a background check on. They are also name-based reports.

For any information on an offender in the state of Kentucky, or information on the correctional facilities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, or if you need any help with the Victim Services, just go to the website of Department of Corrections. There is a page that the state provides known as Kentucky Online Offender Lookup (KOOL) where you can search for an offender. You will be required to key in the offender’s First, Last, and Middle Name. The system provides the current location, earliest possible release date, and a list of charges of the offender.

Kentucky Court Records

You can get information about the court system of the Commonwealth of Kentucky from the website of the administrator of the courts. You can search court records through the state’s online website known as CourtNet. This will provide you with records on civil and criminal cases. However, you will still have to request for proper copies through the courthouse where the case was heard.

Kentucky Vital Records

Kentucky Vital Records are under the maintenance of the Kentucky Cabinet for health and Family Services, Vital Statistic Office. You can request for birth, marriage, divorce, or death certificate online by ordering directly through You can also make your request in person at Office of Vital Statistics at: 275?E. Main St.,?1E-A, Frankfort, KY?40621. Alternatively, you can request for these records by mail by completing an appropriate downloadable form, which you will submit to the Office of Vital Statistics, 275?E. Main St.,?1E-A, Frankfort, KY?40621 along with the required documentation.

  • Birth records: Birth certificates in Kentucky are available from 1911 to present. You can only be granted access to these records if you are the subject, legal guardian, or a parent.
  • Death records: Death certificates in Kentucky are accessible from 10911 to present. These records are only available to close relatives or the deceased’s legal representatives.
  • Marriage records: Marriage certificates in Kentucky are available statewide from 1908 to present. Anyone can request for these records.
  • Divorce records: Divorce records are available statewide from 1958 to present. Anyone can request for these records.

By making your request appropriately and to the right agency, office, or website, you should be able to obtain any obtainable records without any difficulty.

Kentucky State Court System

Understanding how the system of Kentucky state court works is very important as it helps you find court records easily.

Kentucky Courts Overview

To make your work easier, start searching for court records in Kentucky by simply going to courts by county.

The trial court system of Kentucky State consists of District Courts and Circuit Courts.

Kentucky Circuit Courts

Kentucky Circuit Courts have general jurisdiction to handle all types of criminal and civil cases, but typically handle only those cases that District Courts have no jurisdiction to handle.

Typical civil cases that Circuit Courts hear include civil cases with disputed amount of money being more than $5,000, excluding costs and interest. They also handle adoption, dissolution of marriage, reviews of the decisions made by administrative agencies, contested probate cases, and disputes involving title to real property.

Typical criminal cases that Circuit Courts hear include lesser included offenses, felonies and capital crimes.

There are some Circuit Courts that have Family Court divisions for handling cases such as domestic violence, child abuse, child neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption, paternity, divorce, child support, and child custody. Family Court divisions share jurisdiction with District Courts over certain types of cases.

District Courts, Circuit Courts, and Family Court divisions may have Drug Court divisions for offering an alternative to incarceration for some types of cases that involve drug use. A Drug Court supervises the progress of individuals who have been enrolled into drug rehabilitation programs.

Kentucky District Courts

These courts have jurisdiction to handle certain types of criminal and civil cases. Civil cases that District Courts hear include civil cases with disputed amount totaling to less than $5,000, exclusive of costs and interest. They also handle domestic violence cases, involuntary and voluntary commitments, guardianships, conservatorships, uncontested probate matters, and reviews of decisions by local administrative agencies.

Typical criminal cases that District Courts hear include majority of misdemeanor criminal cases, preliminary hearings for capital criminal or felony cases, and violations of city or county ordinances.

Each District Court has a Juvenile Court division for handling cases such as child neglect, some criminal offenses, juvenile delinquency, child abuse, and runaways. These Juvenile Court divisions share some jurisdiction with the Family Court divisions of Circuit Courts over some types of cases.

The Small Claims Court division hears majority of civil cases with amount in dispute being less than $2,500 between all parties involved. Certain types of parties and certain types of claims cannot be heard in Small Claims Court. In addition, jury trials are also not available.

A District Court may have a Drug Court division to offer an alternative to incarceration for some cases that involve drug use. A District Court may also have a Teen Court division for children who are aged 10 to 17 who have been either found guilty or have entered a plea of guilty by a court over minor criminal offenses.

The Official Website of Kentucky County

Louisville News, Events and Online Services for the Louisville Metro area.
Lexington Lexington, Kentucky: Horse Capital of the World? The official site of the City of Lexington provides quick and easy access to information about the agencies, programs and services available.
Owensboro City of Owensboro
Covington The City of Covington, Kentucky – Official Government Website
Hopkinsville City of Hopkinsville, KY Official Website for Local Government Welcome to Hopkinsville, KY
Florence Welcome to City Of Florence, Kentucky
Henderson Henderson, KY – Official Website
Elizabethtown City of Elizabethtown – Strong & Growing Since 1779
Nicholasville | Welcome to the City of Nicholasville, Kentucky Positioned in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region, on the outskirts of Lexington, Nicholasville is Kentucky’s seventh fastest growing city.
Jeffersontown Jeffersontown, KY – Official Website
Frankfort Frankfort, KY | Official Website
Paducah City of Paducah
Independence City of Independence – The City of Independence KY
Radcliff City of Radcliff – Radcliff, KY 40160
Jefferson County Jefferson County Clerk | Bobbie Holsclaw
Fayette County Lexington, Kentucky: Horse Capital of the World? The official site of the City of Lexington provides quick and easy access to information about the agencies, programs and services available.
Kenton County Welcome to Kenton County, KY
Boone County Welcome to Boone County, KY
Warren County Warren County, KY | Where People Prosper, and Businesses Thrive Warren County, Kentucky, is a great place to live, work, raise a family and own a business. Come visit and see for yourself.
Hardin County Hardin County Government – Centralized Local Government Information Centralized Local Government Information
Daviess County Daviess County Kentucky Daviess County Fiscal Court provides an array of services to its residents, visitors and businesses. Provided are links to the various departments of the Fiscal Court.
Campbell County Campbell County Campbell County Kentucky
Madison County Madison County, KY – Official Site Madison County, KY Government.
Bullitt County Bullitt County Clerk’s Office Kentucky
Christian County Christian County, Kentucky Visit or stay with us awhile and you’ll soon discover that Christian County is a great place to live, work, do business or simply enjoy the pleasures of life.
McCracken County McCracken – Serving the people of McCracken County, Kentucky
Pulaski County Pulaski County Government WELCOME TO PULASKI COUNTY
Oldham County Oldham County Fiscal Court
Pike County Our Home in The Mountains
Jessamine County Jessamine County Kentucky
Franklin County Franklin County | KENTUCKY
Boyd County Boyd County Fiscal Court
Henderson County Henderson County, KY | Official Website
Shelby County Welcome to Shelby County Kentucky!
Nelson County Nelson County, Kentucky
Barren County Welcome – Barren County
Calloway County Calloway County KY Official website of the Calloway County Fiscal Court
Graves County Graves County Welcome Graves County!
Greenup County Greenup County | Kentucky Greenup County was established in 1803 and named for the fourth Governor of Kentucky. Come visit us and explore the beauty for yourself.
Clark County Clark County Kentucky
Whitley County Whitley County
Muhlenberg County Welcome – Muhlenberg County Kentucky
Marshall County Marshall County Chamber of Commerce
Boyle County Boyle County Kentucky – Historically Bold – Rich in History, Traditions, & Opportunity
Meade County Meade County Meade County
Harlan County Harlan County, Kentucky – Official Web Site – Welcome! Complete source for information on all tourism destinations in Harlan County, Kentucky, including ATV and off-road trails, horseback trails, hiking and more.
Bell County Welcome – Bell County, Kentucky
Perry County Perry County, Kentucky Welcome to Perry County The official site for Perry County, Kentucky providing key information about the County.
Montgomery County Montgomery CountyWelcome to Montgomery County!

Kentucky Jail Roster

TypeNameCountyInmate LocatorPhone NumberInmate Search
Federal PrisonAshland Federal Correctional InstitutionBoyd CountySt. Route 716, Ashland, KY 41105(606) 928-6414Federal Inmate Locator
Federal PrisonManchester Federal Correctional InstitutionClay County805 Fox Hollow Road, Manchester, KY 40962(606) 598-1900Federal Inmate Locator
Federal PrisonLexington Federal Medical CenterFayette County3301 Leestown Road, Lexington, KY 40511(859) 255-6812Federal Inmate Locator
Federal PrisonBig Sandy United States PenitentiaryMartin County1197 Airport Road, Inez, KY 41224(606) 433-2400Federal Inmate Locator
Federal PrisonMcCreary United States PenitentiaryMccreary County330 Federal Way, Pine Knot, KY 42635(606) 354-7000Federal Inmate Locator
State PrisonBell County Forestry CampBell County560 Correctional Drive, Pineville, KY 40977(606) 337-7065Inmate Search
State PrisonNorthpoint Training CenterBoyle County710 Walter Reed Road, Burgin, KY 40310(859) 239-7012Inmate Search
State PrisonLittle Sandy Correctional ComplexElliott County505 Prison Connector, Sandy Hook, KY 41171(606) 738-6133Inmate Search
State PrisonBlackburn Correctional ComplexFayette County3111 Spurr Road, Lexington, KY 40511(859) 246-2366Inmate Search
State PrisonKentucky State PenitentiaryLyon County266 Water Street, Eddyville, KY 42038(270) 388-2211Inmate Search
State PrisonWestern Kentucky Correctional ComplexLyon County374 New Bethel Church Road, Fredonia, KY 42411(270) 388-9781Inmate Search
State PrisonEastern Kentucky Correctional ComplexMorgan County200 Road to Justice, West Liberty, KY 41472(606) 743-2800Inmate Search
State PrisonGreen River Correctional ComplexMuhlenberg County1200 River Road, Central City, KY 42330(270) 754-5415Inmate Search
State PrisonKentucky State ReformatoryOldham County3001 W Hwy 146, LaGrange, KY 40032(502) 222-9441Inmate Search
State PrisonLuther Luckett Correctional ComplexOldham CountyDawkins Road, LaGrange, KY 40031(502) 222-0363Inmate Search
State PrisonRoederer Correctional ComplexOldham County3001 Kentucky 146, La Grange, KY 40031(502) 222-0170Inmate Search
State PrisonKentucky Correctional Institute for WomenShelby County3000 Ash Avenue, Pewee Valley, KY 40056(502) 241-8454Inmate Search
Adair County Jail RosterAdair County JailAdair County204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY 42728(270) 384-5701Jail Roster
Allen County Jail RosterAllen County Detention CenterAllen County196 Wood Street, Scottsville, KY 42164(270) 237-3226Inmate Search
Ballard County Jail RosterBallard County JailBallard County132 Mayola Avenue, Wickliffe, KY 42087(270) 335-3691Inmate Search
Barren County Jail RosterBarren County Detention CenterBarren County201 Samson Street, Glasgow, KY 42141(270) 651-8806Inmate Search
Bath County Jail RosterBath County JailBath County40 Slate Avenue, Owingsville, KY 40360(606) 674-2713Jail Roster
Bell County Jail RosterBell County Detention CenterBell County214 West Virginia Avenue, Pineville, KY 40977(606) 337-5507Inmate Search
Boone County Jail RosterBoone County JailBoone County3020 Conrad Lane, Burlington, KY 41005(859) 334-2143Inmate Search
Bourbon County Jail RosterBourbon County Regional Detention CenterBourbon County101 Legion Drive, Paris, KY 40361(859) 987-2137Inmate Search
Boyd County Jail RosterBoyd County Detention CenterBoyd County2714 Louisa Street, Catlettsburg, KY 41129(606) 739-4224Inmate Search
Boyle County Jail RosterBoyle County Detention CenterBoyle County1860 South Danville Bypass, Danville, KY 40422(859) 238-1127Inmate Search
Breckinridge County Jail RosterBreckinridge County Detention CenterBreckinridge County500 Glen Nash Lane, Hardinsburg, KY 40143(270) 756-6244Inmate Search
Bullitt County Jail RosterBullitt County Detention CenterBullitt County1671 Preston Hwy, Shepherdsville, KY 40165(502) 543-7263Inmate Search
Butler County Jail RosterButler County JailButler County112 N Warren Street, Morgantown, KY 42261(270) 526-3505Inmate Roster
Calloway County Jail RosterCalloway County JailCalloway County310 N 4th Street, Murray, KY 42071(270) 753-6150Inmate Search
Campbell County Jail RosterCampbell County Detention CenterCampbell County601 Central Avenue, Newport, KY 41071(859) 431-4611Inmate Search
Carroll County Jail RosterCarroll County Detention CenterCarroll County800 Clay Street, Carrollton, KY 41008(502) 732-9499Inmate Search
Carter County Jail RosterCarter County Detention CenterCarter County13 Crossbar Road, Grayson, KY 41143(606) 475-1606Inmate Search
Casey County Jail RosterCasey County JailCasey County169 Court House Square, Liberty, KY 42539(606) 787-9097Inmate Search
Christian County Jail RosterChristian County JailChristian County410 W 7th Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240(270) 887-4152Inmate Roster
Clark County Jail RosterClark County Detention CenterClark County30 Wall Street, Winchester, KY 40391(859) 745-0270Inmate Search
Clay County Jail RosterClay County Detention CenterClay County67 Shamrock Road, Manchester, KY 40962(606) 598-2133Inmate Search
Crittenden County Jail RosterCrittenden County Detention CenterCrittenden County208 W Carlisle Street, Marion, KY 42064(270) 965-3185Inmate Search
Daviess County Jail RosterDaviess County Detention CenterDaviess County3337 E 4th Street, Owensboro, KY 42303(270) 685-8466Inmate Search
Fleming County Jail RosterFleming County Detention CenterFleming County111 Elizaville Avenue, Flemingsburg, Ky 41041(606) 849-1939Jail Roster
Franklin County Jail RosterFranklin County Regional JailFranklin County400 Coffee Tree Road, Frankfort, KY 40601(502) 875-7398Inmate Search
Fulton County Jail RosterFulton County Detention CenterFulton County2010 7th Street, Hickman, KY 42050(270) 236-2405Inmate Search
Grant County Jail RosterGrant CountyGrant County212 Barnes Road, Williamstown, KY 41097(859) 824-5191Inmate Search
Graves County Jail RosterGraves County JailGraves County103 E South Street, Mayfield, KY 42066(270) 247-4373Inmate Roster
Graves County Jail RosterGraves County Restricted Custody CenterGraves County150 Jenkins Street, Mayfield, KY 42066(270) 247-9829Inmate Roster
Grayson County Jail RosterGrayson County Detention Center Main FacilityGrayson County320 Shaw Station Road, Leitchfield, KY 42754(270) 259-3636Inmate Roster
Grayson County Jail RosterGrayson County Detention Center Female FacilityGrayson County125 East White Oak Street, Leitchfield, KY 42754(270) 259-8406Inmate Roster
Grayson County Jail RosterGrayson County Detention Center Annex FacilityGrayson CountySouth Heyser Drive, Leitchfield, KY 42754(270) 259-8160Inmate Roster
Greenup County Jail RosterGreenup County JailGreenup County100 Laurel Street, Greenup, KY 41144(606) 473-9660Inmate Search
Hardin County Jail RosterHardin County Detention CenterHardin County100 Lawson Blvd, Elizabethtown, KY 42701(270) 765-4159Inmate Search
Harlan County Jail RosterHarlan County Detention CenterHarlan County6000 HWY 38, Evarts, KY 40828(606) 837-0096Inmate Search
Hart County Jail RosterHart County JailHart County520 AA Whitman Lane, Munfordville, KY 42765(270) 524-2571Inmate Search
Henderson County Jail RosterHenderson County Detention CenterHenderson County380 Borax Drive, Henderson, KY 42420(270) 827-5560Inmate Search
Hopkins County Jail RosterHopkins County JailHopkins County2250 Laffoon Trail, Madisonville, KY 42431(270) 821-6704Inmate Search
Jackson County Jail RosterJackson County Detention CenterJackson County1893 McCammon Ridge Road, McKee, KY 40447(606) 287-4560Jail Roster
Jessamine County Jail RosterJessamine County Detention CenterJessamine County229 E Maple Street, Nicholasville, KY 40356(859) 885-4558Inmate Search
Johnson County Jail RosterBig Sandy Regional Detention CenterJohnson County904 3rd Street, Paintsville, KY 41240(606) 297-5124Inmate Search
Kenton County Jail RosterKenton County Detention CenterKenton County3000 Decker Crane Lane, Covington, KY 41017(859) 363-2400Inmate Search
Knox County Jail RosterKnox County Detention CenterKnox County103 Jail Street, Barbourville, KY 40906(606) 546-6215Inmate Search
LaRue County Jail RosterLaRue County Detention CenterLaRue County 209 W High Street, Hodgenville, KY 42749(270) 358-9876Inmate Search
Laurel County Jail RosterLaurel County Correctional CenterLaurel County204 W 4th Street, London, KY 40741(606) 878-9431Inmate Roster
Leslie County Jail RosterLeslie County Detention CenterLeslie County2125 KY-118, Hyden, KY 41749(606) 672-3548Inmate Roster
Letcher County Jail RosterLetcher County JailLetcher County156 E Main Street, Whitesburg, KY 41858(606) 633-5163Inmate Roster
Lewis County Jail RosterLewis County Detention CenterLewis County26 Railroad Street, Vanceburg, KY 41179(606) 796-2312Inmate Search
Lincoln County Jail RosterLincoln County Regional JailLincoln County100 Lancaster Street, Stanford, KY 40484(606) 365-4580Inmate Search
Livingston County Jail RosterLivingston County JailLivingston County321 Court Street, Smithland, KY 42081(270) 928-2196Jail Roster
Logan County Jail RosterLogan County Detention CenterLogan County304 W 3rd Street, Russellville, KY 42276(270) 726-3696Inmate Search
Madison County Jail RosterMadison County Detention CenterMadison County107 W Irvine Street, Richmond, KY 40475(859) 624-4710Inmate Search
Marion County Jail RosterMarion County Detention CenterMarion County201 Warehouse Road, Lebanon, KY 40033(270) 692-5802Inmate Search
Marshall County Jail RosterMarshall County Detention CenterMarshall County54 judicial Drive, Benton, KY 42025(270) 527-4760Jail Roster
Mason County Jail RosterMason County Detention CenterMason County702 U.S. 68, Maysville, KY 41056(606) 564-3621Inmate Search
Meade County Jail RosterMeade County Detention CenterMeade County516 Hillcrest Drive, Brandenburg, KY 40108(270) 422-2546Jail Roster
Monroe County Jail RosterMonroe County Correctional CenterMonroe County204 Crawford Street, Tompkinsville, KY 42167(270) 487-5594Jail Roster
Montgomery County Jail RosterMontgomery County Regional JailMontgomery County751 Chenault Lane, Mt Sterling, KY 40353(859) 498-8747Inmate Search
Muhlenberg County Jail RosterMuhlenberg County Detention CenterMuhlenberg County108 Court Row, Greenville, KY 42345(270) 338-2263Inmate Roster
Ohio County Jail RosterOhio County Detention CenterOhio County108 Washington Street, Hartford, KY 42347(270) 298-4455Inmate Search
Oldham County Jail RosterOldham County JailOldham County102 W Main Street, La Grange, KY 40031(502) 222-3500Inmate Search
Pike County Jail RosterPike County Detention CenterPike County172 Division Street, Pikeville, KY 41501(606) 432-6232Inmate Search
Powell County Jail RosterPowell County Detention CenterPowell County755 Breckenridge Street, Stanton, KY 40380(606) 663-6409Inmate Search
Pulaski County Jail RosterPulaski County Detention CenterPulaski County300 Hail Knob Road, Somerset, KY 42503(606) 678-4315Inmate Search
Rockcastle County Jail RosterRockcastle County Detention CenterRockcastle County205 E Main Street, Mt Vernon, KY 40456(606) 256-2178Inmate Search
Rowan County Jail RosterRowan County Detention CenterRowan County121 Lee Avenue, Morehead, KY 40351(606) 784-8457Inmate Search
Russell County Jail RosterRussell County Detention CenterRussell County228 Brian Walters Drive, Russell Springs, KY 42642(270) 858-6900Inmate Search
Scott County Jail RosterScott County Detention CenterScott County130 Court Street, Georgetown, KY 40324(502) 863-7880Inmate Search
Shelby County Jail RosterShelby County Detention CenterShelby County1000 Detention Road, Shelbyville, KY 40065(502) 633-2343Inmate Search
Simpson County Jail RosterSimpson County Detention CenterSimpson County217 E Kentucky Street, Franklin, KY 42134(270) 586-5351Inmate Search
Taylor County Jail RosterTaylor County Detention CenterTaylor County120 S Central Avenue, Campbellsville, KY 42718(270) 789-1909Inmate Search
Todd County Jail RosterTodd County Detention CenterTodd County201 E McReynolds Drive, Elkton, KY 42220(270) 265-9966Inmate Roster
Union County Jail RosterUnion County JailUnion County120 S Court Street, Morganfield, KY 42437(270) 389-1581Inmate Search
Warren County Jail RosterWarren County Regional JailWarren County920 Kentucky Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101(270) 843-4606Jail Roster
Wayne County Jail RosterWayne County Detention CenterWayne County217 Jim Hill Service Road, Monticello, KY 42633(606) 348-3626Inmate Search
Webster County Jail RosterWebster County Detention CenterWebster County141 N Stegal Street, Dixon, KY 42409(270) 639-7020Inmate Search
Whitley County Jail RosterWhitley County Detention CenterWhitley County1439 KY-92, Williamsburg, KY 40769(606) 549-6013Inmate Search
Woodford County Jail RosterWoodford County Detention CenterWoodford County204 Beasley Drive, Versailles, KY 40383(859) 873-3196Inmate Search

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