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Carter County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Carter County Background Information

Carter County is found in the state of Kentucky. A local census found that Carter County had 27,720 habitants in 2010. The county seat is Grayson.

It was formed in 1838.

It was named after Colonel William Grayson Carter, a Kentucky state Senator.

Carter County is part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Carter County Arrest Documents

Every crime that occurs within Carter County is officially recorded. Crimes in Carter County are separated into two main classifications, violent crime and property crime. There were 6 violent and 71 property crimes in 2018 in Carter County.

Sheriff’s Office
300 W. Main Street
Grayson, KY 41143
Phone: (606) 474-5616

Carter County Criminal Documents

A register is stored for all sex offenders in Carter County. The Carter County register includes any sex offender living, working, attending school, or incarcerated in the area. This register is in the public domain. Residents of Carter County can therefore look up any sex offenders inside a certain distance of their homes.

There are regularly updated criminal documents in Carter County, including jail and inmate records.

Carter County Court Records

The county courthouse oversees all civil, family, and criminal cases in Carter County. Court files in Carter County are controlled by the court clerk. Carter County court records can be obtained at:

Carter County Courthouse
100 E Main St
Carter County Justice Center
Grayson, KY 41143
Phone: (606) 474-5191
Fax: (606) 474-8826

After an appeal is made, the Court of Appeals can oversee any lower court case. These lower courts in question refer to the 120 superior or trial courts across the 120 counties in Kentucky, such as Carter County.

NOTE - Typical court records in Carter County can usually be delivered by mail, email, or fax once payment is received. Carter County official files can only be directed via mail.

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Carter County Public Records

Every single resident in Carter County and the wider Kentucky state area has vital records stored on them. These files refer to Carter County and Kentucky residents' most important life events. These files can incorporate vital records on divorces, marriages, births, deaths, and more. The Kentucky state government would not be able to acquire these documents without the help of counties such as Carter County. In Kentucky, counties such as Carter County are in charge of getting some vital records, before submitting them on to the state.

Kentucky county clerks are in charge of acquiring marriage records. The Office of Vital Statistics then collects the documents from clerks, such as the one in Carter County. County offices, such as the one in Carter County, have also collected birth/death documents in the past. The different records that Carter County clerks may have obtained includes birth certificates, death certificates, divorce decrees, marriage licenses, divorce certificates, marriage certificates, and more. All Carter County and wider Kentucky vital documents are saved in one central registry. These vital files can be used down the line for statistical analysis.

Every resident in Carter County can access these vital documents. The state of Kentucky passed the Kentucky Open Records Act back in 1976, meaning that members of the public now have the fundamental right to access any public records. The Act was amended in 1994. In order to access records, a Carter County resident must apply at:

Carter County Clerk: Mike Johnston
300 W Main St, Rm 232
Grayson, KY 41143
Phone: (606) 474-5188
Fax: (606) 474-2719

NOTE - Anyone looking to obtain records in person should be aware that the office opens between 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. M-F and last Sat of month EST. Photo ID is needed to obtain any documents in Carter County. A person may use a driver's license, state ID, or something similar. All Carter County requests must also be in writing.