Nelson County Justice Center
200 Nelson County Plaza
Bardstown, KY 40004
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Office of Circuit Court Clerk

Circuit Court Clerk: Diane Thompson

Phone: 502-348-3648

Driver's Licensing Notice: The location of your driver’s license services may have changed. Those services are transitioning from all 120 Offices of Circuit Court Clerk to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s regional offices by June 30, 2022. To learn what to do in your county, please visit our Driver’s Licensing page.

Payment Options: You can pay online through ePay. You can pay by drop box to the left of the Nelson County Justice Center’s front entrance (checked Monday-Friday at 8 a.m.) with a check or money order made payable to the Nelson Circuit Clerk (no cash in drop box). If you are paying for multiple cases by drop box, please indicate which case the payment is to be applied to by including a copy of citation and case number. You can pay in person at Window #4 in the Office of Circuit Court Clerk with cash, money order, check or credit/debit card (includes processing fee).

Property Bonds: Call us at 502-348-3648 and we will schedule an appointment to accept the bond. You may want to request our handout that will detail the documents you must provide prior to posting a property bond.

Restitution & Probation Fees: Payments must be made in person with cash or a credit/debit card (includes processing fee). Checks and money orders are not accepted.

Requesting Older Court Records: The State Records Center stores court records 15-35 years old. Submit this records request form to or call 502-564-3617. The case and locator numbers must be provided as these records cannot be searched only by name and/or SS#. You can request the case and locator numbers from the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county where the case was handled. The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives stores court records 36+ years old. To request court records from the KDLA, email or call 502-564-1787.​

Justice, Judges & Circuit Court Clerk

Diane Thompson

Diane Thompson

Nelson County Judicial Center


Day Hours
Monday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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