Background Checks

​The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) offers criminal record reports to individuals, businesses, licensing agencies, government entities and others for a $25 fee.

The information comes from CourtNet 2.0, the AOC’s statewide database that collects court information from the local case management system in all 120 Kentucky counties. CourtNet 2.0 contains millions of records that cover all misdemeanor and traffic cases for at least the last five years and felonies dating back to 1978. Criminal record reports are based on historic court activity and do not contain driving or arrest records.

We offer two (2) online options for requesting criminal record reports, first is FastCheck that lets registered users order criminal record reports and retrieve the results online once the request has been processed. Second, One-Time Request allows people to place a single order and receive the report by U.S. mail.

​The report results will contain information based on state (not federal) court activity. It will contain case information on file for District Court and Circuit Court in the 120 Kentucky counties. Cases that have been expunged or purged by the county where the case was filed will not appear within the results.

Report results will contain the following case types:

  • Traffic ("T" type cases)
  • Misdemeanor ("M" type cases)
  • Felony Charges ("F" type cases)
  • Circuit Criminal ("CR" types cases)

The report will contain the following information:

  • County of origin (where the case was filed)
  • Case number
  • Original charge
  • Any amendments to the original charge
  • Disposition
  • Charge date
  • Disposition date
  • Any necessary memos as determined by the local circuit court clerk

The report results will state that it is “Not an Official Court Record” to indicate that it is not an indictment, judgment or order signed by a judge and entered into the court record by the circuit court clerk. The official court record is housed in the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county where the case was filed.


Third-Party Notification

If you request a report on another person and a record is found, the AOC Records Unit will notify that person that you requested his or her criminal record report. The Records Unit will also send that person a copy of his or her report results.

FastCheck is an online portal for obtaining criminal record reports. You have two (2) online options:

FastCheck lets registered users order criminal record reports and retrieve the results online when your request has been processed.

One-Time Request lets you place a single order and receive the report by U.S. mail.

Criminal record reports are processed in the order in which they are received and response times will vary depending on the volume of requests.

You may request a criminal record report in person by drive-thru window at the Administrative Office of the Courts, 1001 Vandalay Drive, Frankfort.

Effective April 1, 2020 the Administrative Office of the Courts, Records Division will no longer accept cash for in-person requests.

Drive-Thru Hours are Monday - Friday (except state holidays) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In-Person Processing Time:

Requests of 10 or more will take at least one hour to process.

Accepted forms of Payment:

American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit cards and most debit cards.
Check or money order made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer.

Payments: Please make check or money orders payable to Kentucky State Treasurer.

Mailing Address:

Administrative Office of the Courts
Records Unit
1001 Vandalay Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601

Frequently Asked Questions for...

Question: Will I receive an email when the criminal record report has been processed and is ready to retrieve?
Answer: Yes. However, email delivery can fail for many reasons and you are encouraged to periodically check to see if the request has been processed. The results will be available for 30 days after the report has been processed.

Question: Can I request a record on another person?
Answer: Yes. Criminal record reports are public information. However, you will not receive information on case types that are confidential by law or not part of the criminal record. These include juvenile cases, mental health cases and domestic violence cases.

Question: What type of information is contained in a criminal record report?
Answer: All misdemeanor and traffic cases for at least the last five (5) years and felonies dating back to 1978.

Question: What type of payment is accepted?
Answer: American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit cards and most debit cards.

Question: Is there an additional fee to pay by credit card?
Answer: The credit card vendor adds a $2.50 charge for each transaction.

Question: Who do I call with questions about the report results?
Answer: Contact the AOC Records Unit at 800-928-6381, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

Question: How long does it take to process an online request?
Answer: All requests are processed in the order they are received. The response time depends on the volume of requests ahead of yours.

Question: Can I check the status of my request online?
Answer: Registered users may review pending requests online. Requests successfully submitted will show a status of “Processing.”

Question: How do I read a criminal record report?
Answer: The Administrative Office of the Courts is not permitted to interpret information contained in the report. You may want to contact someone with legal expertise to help answer questions about information in the report.

Question: Can my request be expedited for an additional charge?
Answer: No. All requests are processed in the order they are received.

Question: What if an employer questions the accuracy of a report?
Answer: Employers may contact the AOC Records Unit at 800-928-6381 with any concerns.

Question: What if I believe the information on my record is incorrect, incomplete or out of date?
Answer: Some issues can be resolved by the AOC Records Unit. Other matters require assistance of the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county where the case was originally filed. Please contact the AOC Records Unit at 800-928-6381 for assistance or a referral to the circuit court clerk.

Question: Who do I call if I need technical assistance with this site?
Answer: Please contact the AOC Service Desk at 502-573-2350.

Question: What is the procedure for requesting a criminal record report?
Answer: To request a report, click on Criminal Record Reports and choose the option that meets your needs.

Question: Does the AOC provide federal criminal record reports?
Answer: The AOC Records Unit provides state criminal record reports based on information maintained by the state court system in the 120 Kentucky counties. The reports do not contain any federal information.

Question: Can I request a record on another person?
Answer: Yes. Criminal record reports are public information. However, you will not receive information on case types that are confidential by law or not part of the criminal record. These include juvenile cases, mental health cases and domestic violence cases.

Question: What type of information is contained in a criminal record report?
Answer: All misdemeanor and traffic cases for at least the last five years and felonies dating back to 1978.

Question: What type of payment is accepted?
Answer: American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit cards and most debit cards.

Question: Is there an additional fee to pay by credit card?
Answer: The credit card vendor adds a $2 charge for each transaction.

Question: Who do I call with questions about the report results?
Answer: Contact the AOC Records Unit at 800-928-6381, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

Question: How long does it take to process an online request?
Answer: All requests are processed in the order they are received. The response time depends on the volume of requests ahead of yours.

Question: Can I check the status of my request online?
Answer: No, the status of one-time requests is not available online at this time.

Question: How do I read a criminal record report?
Answer: The Administrative Office of the Courts is not permitted to interpret information contained in the report. You may want to contact someone with legal expertise to help answer questions about information in the report.

Question: Can my request be expedited for an additional charge?
Answer: No. All requests are processed in the order they are received.

Question: What if an employer questions the accuracy of a report?
Answer: Employers may contact the AOC Records Unit at 800-928-6381 with any concerns.

Question: What if I believe the information on my record is incorrect, incomplete or out of date?
Answer: Some issues can be resolved by the AOC Records Unit. Other matters require assistance of the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county where the case was originally filed. Please contact the AOC Records Unit at 800-928-6381 for assistance or a referral to the circuit court clerk.

Question: Who do I call if I need technical assistance with this site?
Answer: Please contact the AOC Service Desk at 502-573-2350.

Question: What is the procedure for requesting a criminal record report?
Answer: To request a report, click on Criminal Record Reports and choose the option that meets your needs.

Question: Does the AOC provide federal criminal record reports?
Answer: The AOC Records Unit provides state criminal record reports based on information maintained by the state court system in the 120 Kentucky counties. The reports do not contain any federal information.

Question: Can I request a record on another person?
Answer: Yes. Criminal record reports are public information. However, you will not receive information on case types that are confidential by law or not part of the criminal record. These include juvenile cases, mental health cases and domestic violence cases.

Question: What type of information is contained in a criminal record report?
Answer: All misdemeanor and traffic cases for at least the last five years and felonies dating back to 1978.

Question: Who do I call with questions about the report results?
Answer: Contact the AOC Records Unit at 800-928-6381, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Time.

Question: How do I read a criminal record report?
Answer: The Administrative Office of the Courts is not permitted to interpret information contained in the report. You may want to contact someone with legal expertise to help answer questions about information in the report.

Question: Can my request be expedited for an additional charge?
Answer: No. All requests are processed in the order they are received.

Question: What if an employer questions the accuracy of a report?
Answer: Employers may contact the AOC Records Unit at 800-928-6381 with any concerns.

Question: What if I believe the information on my record is incorrect, incomplete or out of date?
Answer: Some issues can be resolved by the AOC Records Unit. Other matters require assistance of the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county where the case was originally filed. Please contact the AOC Records Unit at 800-928-6381 for assistance or a referral to the circuit court clerk.

Question: Who do I call if I need technical assistance with this site?
Answer: Please contact the AOC Service Desk at 502-573-2350.

Question: What is the procedure for requesting a criminal record report?
Answer: To request a report, click on Criminal Record Reports and choose the option that meets your needs.

Question: Does the AOC provide federal criminal record reports?
Answer: The AOC Records Unit provides state criminal record reports based on information maintained by the state court system in the 120 Kentucky counties. The reports do not contain any federal information.