Jefferson County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Jefferson County recorded 116 homicides, 434 forcible sex offenses, 1,367 robberies, and 11,405 assaults in 2017, the most recent year with complete crime statistics. Incidences of property crimes in the county include 5,784 burglaries, 22,010 larceny thefts, 4,184 motor vehicle thefts, and 180 arsons.
Compared to crime figures for the previous year, overall crime rate in Jefferson County declined in 2017. No Part I crime recorded an increase between 2016 and 2017. Homicide, forcible sex offenses, robbery, and assault rates declined by 12.8%, 6.7%, 22.8%, and 2.8% respectively. Property crime rates also recorded significant drops with law enforcement agencies receiving fewer reports of burglary (15.6%), larceny theft (8.9%), motor vehicle theft (14.1%), and arson (56.1%) in 2017.
Following the merger of Jefferson County and the city of Louisville, the chief law enforcement agency in the combined Louisville Metro is the Metro Police Department (MPD). It provides accident and incidence reports for most offenses in the county. To obtain these records, visit the MPD’s Records Division located at 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Suite 001, Louisville. The Police Department charges $5 for an accident report and 10 cents per page for an incident or offense report.
Criminal record reports for Jefferson County are available from the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts. This office charges $25 for each report and accepts cash, credit/debit cards, checks, and money orders made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer for in-person requests. Only checks and money orders are accepted for mail orders.
To order a criminal/background record report in person, come to the drive-through window at the Administrative Office of the Courts located at 1001 Vandalay Drive, Frankfort. This window is open to public request from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Send a mail request to:
Administrative Office of the Courts
101 Vandalay Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
Kentucky law empowers the State Police to make sex offender registration information available to the public. Pursuant to the directives of KRS 17.580, the Kentucky State Police hosts the state’s Sex Offender Registry on a dedicated website. Use its search functions to find sex offenders by name and street address. Input Jefferson in the County field to restrict your search to offenders living in the county. Use the Map Search feature to pull up a map identifying the locations of all registered sex offenders residing in different neighborhoods of Jefferson County.
The Louisville Metro Department of Corrections maintains the records of all individuals incarcerated in Jefferson County jails. Use the provided inmate lookup tool to find the location and mugshot information of inmates in Jefferson County.
The Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk maintains court records for the court. Most of these are available online on the website of the Kentucky Court of Justice. Visit the Docket Information page and select Jefferson from the County menu to access dockets of the Circuit and District Courts in Jefferson County. Members of the public can access case information for Jefferson County courts on the CourtNet 2.0 webpage. Simply select Jefferson from the County menu and search for case documents by last name and first name or date of birth.
The State Registrar of Vital Statistics is the official tasked with issuing birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Visit the state’s Office of Vital Statistics located at 275 E. Main Street in Frankfort to obtain certified copies of any of these vital records in person. The office opens to the public from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
If you opt to make a vital record request by mail, start by downloading and completing an application form. Vital records applications include Birth, Stillbirth, and Death Certificate Application (Spanish versions:Birth, Stillbirth, and Death) as well as Marriage & Divorce Application (Spanish). Send the completed application to:
Office of Vital Statistics
275 E. Main St., 1E-A
Frankfort, KY 40621
The Office of Vital Statistics charges $10 for each birth certificate and $6 for each death, marriage, or divorce certificate. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope with each mail application as well as a check or money order for fees made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer.
The Property Valuation Administration (PVA) is the government agency responsible for maintaining real estate records in Jefferson County. Use its Property Search tool to find information about residential and commercial properties all over the county. Some features of the search tool are only available to paying subscribers.
For more information about property records, contact the office of the Jefferson County PVA at:
815 W. Market Street, Suite 400
Louisville, KY 40202-2654
Phone: (502) 574-6380
Fax: (502) 574-6108
The office opens to the public from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.