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General Information About Kentucky Public Records and Laws
Under federal law, some data must be made available to the public. In Kentucky, public records are also available due o the Kentucky Open Records Law, KRS61.870-61.884. This law outlines the requirements for what type of information must be made available to the public as well as how those who wish to do so should access this information.
In the state, public records are defined as any type of book, map, photograph, paper, recording or software, plus other types, that is prepared or owned by a public agency within the state. However, it does not include any type of documentation that is not otherwise related to the functions, programs or the operations of a state or local authority, and it protects all types of state or federally protected information and data.
The following types of information may be available. However, Kentucky public records may or may not be available for all individuals.
·         All types of vital statistics information is often available, including records of birth and death, marriage and divorce and burials.
·         Most court records are available, including civil and criminal courts. However, the judge in any case has the ability to use judgment to seal reports in cases where there is sensitive information. This information may be sensitive because the individual is a minor, the victim could be exposed or because undercover police officers may be at risk.
·         Most types of business records are also available under this law, specifically for businesses or organizations that are given public tax dollars in any way.
·         Most types of property records are open to the public. This includes documents related to the sale or transfer of real estate, the application or removal of tax liens, property location and mortgages.
Government agencies also often provide meeting minutes or other documents or recordings in regards to its operations. Some information remains protected under law. Other information may be provided at a discretionary limitation, depending on what is contained in the documents. Sensitive data that could be a violation of privacy laws or could cause potential harm to others is often protected.
Accessing Kentucky Public Records
In Kentucky, public records are available in several ways. In some cases, individuals will need to visit the actual office of the department holding the record. In other cases, the information is available online through a search at the location's website or through a third party provider. The following are some of the agencies offering public records in the government.
·         For accident reports, contact the State Police or local police agency.
·         For business related records, including nonprofit organizations, the Attorney General's Office or the Secretary of State, Corporate Records office is accessible.
·         For vital statistics, the Department for Public Health, Vital Statistics offices provides information.
·         For available criminal records, including background checks, the Kentucky State Police Criminal Identification and Records Branch manages requests.
Kentucky public records remain available to individuals who request them. This information is often required to be made available as soon as possible upon request.
Kentucky Public Records
  • Corporation, LP, Assumed Name, LLC Records

    Corporate Records - Records
    PO Box 718
    Frankfort, KY 40602-0718
    p (502) 564-7330
    f (502) 564-4075
  • Driver Records

    KY Transportation Cabinet
    200 Mero Street
    Frankfort, KY 40622
    p (502) 564-6800 x2250
    f (502) 564-5787
  • GED Certificates

    GED Program
    1024 Capital Center Drive #250
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    p (502) 573-5114 x309
    f (502) 573-5436
  • Governor

    700 Capitol Ave, Room 100
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    p (502) 564-2611
    f (502) 564-2517
  • Sales Tax Registrations

    Sales Tax Division, Station 53
    PO Box 181
    Frankfort, KY 40602-0181
    p (502) 564-5170
    f (502) 564-2041
  • Trademarks/Servicemarks

    Trademarks Section
    700 Capitol Ave, Suite 152
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    p (502) 564-2848 x442
    f (502) 564-4075
  • Uniform Commercial Code

    Secretary of State
    PO Box 1470
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    p (502) 564-2848
    f (502) 564-7411
  • Vehicle, Vessel Ownership & Registration

    Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing
    200 Mero St, 2nd Fl
    Frankfort, KY 40622
    p (502) 564-5301
    f (502) 564-1686
  • Voter Registration

    140 Walnut
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    p (502) 573-7100
    f (502) 573-4369
  • Workers' Compensation Records

    Prevention Park
    657 To Be Announced Ave
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    p (502) 564-5550
    f (502) 564-5732

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