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Kentucky is an open records state.
Some form of criminal history information is open to the public in “open records” states. In “closed records” states, access to criminal history information is not generally available to the public, but is available to authorized entities (e.g. law enforcement agencies).

Contact Information

Kentucky State Police Records Section
Phone number: 502-227-8700

State Checks 

General Information on State Checks:

  • While two options for types of state checks are listed below, name-based and fingerprint-based, only one type of state check is required. CNCS does not recommend one of these checks over the other. Either the name-based state check or the fingerprint-based state check is acceptable.
  • Please note that to be in compliance with CNCS requirements, recipients may have to conduct checks in up to two states: the  state of service/work check on individuals in covered positions, as well as a state of residence check (i.e. if the state of residence is different from the state of service/work at the time of application).

Name-Based State Checks

Available from: Kentucky State Police 
What is released: Felonies
Cost: $20
How long does it take to obtain results? 10 business days to complete 

Fingerprint-Based State Checks

Available from: Kentucky State Police 
What is released: Felonies 
Cost: Cost varies 
How long does it take to obtain results? 10 business days to complete 
Available to: Individuals and Organizations 
Additional notes: This fingerprint check is for Kentucky state as well as FBI

Approved Alternative Repositories 

State repositories are institutions that house and maintain the arrest and disposition (or outcome) information for cases handled in that state. Each state has a central repository, and CNCS has designated one in each state that grantees must use. In some cases, generally when a different institution is able to provide information that is equivalent to what is provided by the state repository, CNCS may designate them as an Approved Alternative Repository.
Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) 


FBI Checks 

State Repository Provides FBI Checks: No
Available to: The FBI allows members of the general public to obtain their own criminal history for record review. Visit the FBIs website for information:
CNCS FBI Channeler: Organizations that cannot successfully use the state repository for FBI checks may use CNCS’s FBI-approved Channeler, Fieldprint, for FBI checks. 
Cost: The cost for one FBI check through Fieldprint is $27.50. 
How long does it take to receive results? The majority of checks conducted electronically take no more than two business days from the date the fingerprints are captured. If an applicant does not live near a Fieldprint livescan location and fingerprints must be taken manually and mailed, it will take longer to receive the results. See the Fieldprint Guide and FAQ (linked below) for more information.
View these links for more information
Fieldprint Guide and FAQs: (see document, “Using Fieldprint as an FBI Channeler – A Guide for CNCS Recipients”)
Fieldprint website: 

NSOPW (National Sex Offender Public Website) Check

A required component of the NSCHC is a nationwide check of before an individual begins work or service in a covered position. Please note that a compliant nationwide NSOPW check must include reports from all states, territories, and tribes. If any state, territory, or tribe is unavailable at the time the NSOPW check is conducted, you must either run a nationwide NSOPW check again through and ensure that all entities are reporting, or run a separate check for each entity that is not reporting through the state sex offender registry website.

Please note that a check of a single state’s sex offender registry alone is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the nationwide NSOPW check requirement. The information provided in the State Sex Offender Registry Information section is for reference purposes only in the event that a single state sex offender registry check is necessary to supplement an incomplete nationwide NSOPW check.


State Sex Offender Registry Information

Kentucky Sex Offender Registry:

Individuals Requesting Criminal History Records (versus Organizations)

Option 1: One-time Request, online request (receives results by mail)
  • Bring sealed results to program to ensure chain of custody. 
Option 2: In person
  • You may request a criminal record report in person by drive-thru window at the Administrative office of the Courts, 1001 Vandalay Drive, Frankfort. M-F 8am-4pm.
  • Request of 10 or more will take at least one hour to process.
  • Credit/debit cards, check or money order payable to Kentucky State Treasurer. Cash payments must be exact (no change).
  • Bring sealed results to program to ensure chain of custody.
Option 3: By mail
  • Download form ADC-RU-004 to obtain information contained in CourtNet. You may request your own records or someone else’s.
  • Submit the subject’s name, SSN, Driver’s License Number, Date of Birth, and Address. 
  • Sign and submit with $20 payment (check or money order to Kentucky State Treasurer). For use, indicate “volunteer/care over juvenile” or “other: Serve America Act.” 
  • Bring sealed results to program to ensure chain of custody. 

Revised as of 2/24/2017


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