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Kentucky Public RecordsKentucky is truly an open records state, with very few restrictions on access to records. Vital records are not restricted in Kentucky, which include access to Kentucky birth records, death, marriage and divorce records. The Department for Public Health Office of Vital Statistics satisfies requests for these Kentucky public records, although marriage and divorce records prior to 1958 should be requested from the County Clerk where the event occurred. Kentucky court records, both civil and criminal, are open to public inspection unless sealed. An online access tool is available through the Kentucky Court of Justice website. Statewide Kentucky criminal records requests are also satisfied through the Administrative Office of the Courts at the Court of Justice website. To access historic Kentucky public records, like Kentucky military records and vital records, visit the State Archives. For Kentucky cemetery records, military records and obituaries, visit the Kentucky Historical Society.

  • Kentucky birth records, death, marriage and divorce records are not restricted and may be requested from the Department for Public Health in person, by mail, or through VitalChek via online, phone or fax order.
  • Kentucky court records are available online through the Court of Justice website or at individual County Clerk offices. Marriage and divorce records prior to 1958 may also be requested from local County Clerks.
  • Kentucky criminal records may be requested by anyone through the Administrative Office of the Courts in person, by mail, or online.
  • Kentucky military records and vital records may be researched at the State Archives in Frankfort.
  • Historic Kentucky cemetery records and obituaries may be researched at the Kentucky Historical Society History Campus in Frankfort. There is an admissions fee, but many older Kentucky public records are available online for free.
  • About Kentucky Public Records

    With no restrictions on most records, Kentucky is a fantastic place to freely conduct family history research or request personal records with few hurdles. The Department for Public Health provides unrestricted access to Kentucky death records, birth, marriage and divorce records, meaning anyone may request copies for a fee. However, statewide reporting of marriages and divorce didn’t begin until 1958, meaning that earlier marriage records and divorce records are only available at the local County Clerk where the event occurred.

    Certain Kentucky public records, like birth and death records, were reported to the state starting in 1911. For earlier records, the County Clerk where the event occurred is the best resource. Or, explore the historic vital records collection at the State Archives in Frankfort.

    Accessing Free Online Public Records  in Kentucky

    The Kentucky Court of Justice website offers an online public access tool that enables you to search Kentucky court records throughout the state or by county. This makes it easier to learn which court handled the case if you don’t already have this information.  These free online public records in Kentucky include civil and criminal court records, as well as marriage and divorce records. However, this service only provides the case number, parties involved and type of case. For access to Kentucky court records details, contact the specific court listed.

    Also available are Kentucky free online public records that include criminal records. This service through the Administrative Office of the Courts searches statewide criminal records for a fee. This public service returns information for felonies from 1978 and misdemeanors and traffic records five years old or less regardless of disposition.

    Performing an Historic Kentucky Public Records Search

    The State Archives is an important genealogy resource. Housed here are many records, including Kentucky military records and vital records that are available to the public. An historic Kentucky public records search might yield Kentucky birth records and death records as far back as 1852. Also available are Kentucky military records to include the Civil War, Revolutionary War and the Kentucky Militia. These records are available in person at the State Archives research room in Frankfort. There is no admissions fee to visit. If a visit isn’t possible, a records request form may be submitted and a fee paid to access copies.

    The Kentucky Historical Society, also in Frankfort, offers Kentucky cemetery records, military records and obituaries. Many of these can be searched online for free, which is helpful to those who cannot visit in person. Search public records in Kentucky in person at their History Campus, which requires a small admissions fee and a fee for any copies made.



     
    State of Kentucky Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    4,245,269

     
    Under 18:
    1,973,003

     
    Over 65:
    549,504

     
    Employed:
    2,901,432

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    39,728.18

     
    Acres of Farms:
    13,706,843

     
    Births:
    56,444

     
    Deaths:
    40,223

     
    Infant Deaths:
    205

     
     
    Murder:
    198

     
    Forcible Rape:
    1,408

     
    Robbery:
    4,004

     
    Assault:
    7,036

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    12,646

     
    Burglary:
    28,839

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    73,808

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    7,667

     
    Total Property Crime:
    110,314

     
    Kentucky Public Records Locations
    State Police
    Criminal Ident. & Records Branch
    1250 Louisville Rd
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone:
    502-226-2169

    Fax:
    502-226-7418










    Attorney General's Office
    700 Capitol Ave, Ste. 118
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone:
    502-696-5300

    Fax:
    502-564-2894










     
    Department for Public Health
    Vital Statistics
    275 E Main St - IE-A
    Frankfort, KY 40621-0001
    Phone:
    502-564-4212

    Fax:
    502-227-0032










    Secretary of State
    Corporate Records - Records
    PO Box 718
    Frankfort, KY 40602-0718
    Phone:
    502-564-7330

    Fax:
    502-564-4075










     
    Kentucky State Police
    Criminal Identification & Records Branch
    1250 Louisville Rd
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone:
    502-227-8713

    Fax:
    502-226-7422










    Department for Public Health
    Vital Statistics
    275 E Main St - IE-A
    Frankfort, KY 40621-0001
    Phone:
    502-564-4212

    Fax:
    502-227-0032










     
    Department for Public Health
    Vital Statistics
    275 E Main St - IE-A
    Frankfort, KY 40621-0001
    Phone:
    502-564-4212

    Fax:
    502-227-0032










    Division of Driver Licensing
    KY Transportation Cabinet
    200 Mero Street
    Frankfort, KY 40622
    Phone:
    502-564-6800 Ext. 2250

    Fax:
    502-564-5787










     
    Kentucky Adult Education
    GED Program
    1024 Capital Center Drive #250
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone:
    502-573-5114 Ext. 309

    Fax:
    502-573-5436










    Governor's Office
    700 Capitol Ave, Room 100
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone:
    502-564-2611

    Fax:
    502-564-2517










     
    Fish & Wildlife Resources Department
    Division of Administrative Services
    1 Sportsman Lane, Arnold Mitchell Bldg
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone:
    502-564-3400

    Fax:
    502-564-0506










    Kentucky Department of Corrections
    Offender Information Services
    PO Box 2400
    Frankfort, KY 40602-2400
    Phone:
    502-564-2433

    Fax:
    502-564-1471










     
    Kentucky General Assembly
    Legislative Research Commission
    700 Capitol Ave, Rm 85
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Fax:
    502-564-6543










    Department for Public Health
    Vital Statistics
    275 E Main St - IE-A
    Frankfort, KY 40621-0001
    Phone:
    502-564-4212

    Fax:
    502-227-0032










     
    Kentucky State Police
    Criminal Identification and Records Branch
    1250 Louisville Rd
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone:
    502-227-8700

    Fax:
    502-226-7419










    Libraries & Archives Department
    300 Coffee Tree Rd
    PO Box 537
    Frankfort, KY 40602
    Phone:
    502-564-8300

    Fax:
    502-564-5773










     
    Administrative Office of the Courts
    Records Unit
    100 Millcreek Park
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone:
    502-573-1682

    Fax:
    502-573-1669

    Records:
    UNIT800-928-6381










    UCC Branch
    Secretary of State
    PO Box 1470
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone:
    502-564-2848

    Fax:
    502-564-7411










     
    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing
    200 Mero St, 2nd Fl
    Frankfort, KY 40622
    Fax:
    502-564-1686










    State Board of Elections
    140 Walnut
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone:
    502-573-7100

    Fax:
    502-573-4369










     
    Kentucky Office of Workers' Claims
    Prevention Park
    657 Chamberlin Avenue
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone:
    502-564-5550 Ext. 4532

    Fax:
    502-564-9533