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Lewis County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Lewis County Background Information

Kentucky is home to Lewis County. The total population of Lewis County in 2010 was 13,870. The current county seat in Lewis County is Vanceburg.

It was formed in 1806.

It was named for Meriwether Lewis. He was an American explorer, soldier, politician, and public administrator, best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery, with William Clark.

Lewis County Arrest Records

Arrest records are kept for every crime in Lewis County. Lewis County crimes are divided into property crime and violent crime. Back in 2018, there were 3 violent and 17 property crimes across the whole of Lewis County.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff: John Ruggless
112 2nd St # 102, Vanceburg, KY 41179
(606) 796-2912

Lewis County Criminal Documents

The police in Lewis County need to keep an up to date register of all sex offenders in the area. This is not limited to those purely living and working in Lewis County, but also those attending school or incarcerated within the county. This up-to-date register is then made available to the public, as is the fundamental right of anyone living in Lewis County. Residents of Lewis County can therefore search for any sex offenders inside a certain distance of their homes. Imprisoned and non-compliant offenders are also included in the Lewis County searches. There are regularly updated criminal documents in Lewis County, including jail and inmate records.

Lewis County Court Files

In Lewis County, all civil, criminal, and family cases are overseen by the county courthouse. All Lewis County court records are maintained by the court clerk. Files can be obtained at:

Lewis County Courthouse
P.O. Box 70
94 2nd St
Vanceburg, KY 41179
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M,T,TH,F 8:30-12:30 p.m. W,Sat EST
Phone: (606) 796-3053, (606) 796-6002
Fax: (606) 796-3030

After an appeal is made, the Court of Appeals can supervise any lower court case. The superior or trial court in Lewis County is included in the 120 lower courts that the Court of Appeals can watch over.

NOTE - Standard documents in Lewis County can be directed by mail, email, or fax. However, any official or credentialed files in Lewis County can only be delivered via mail.

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Lewis County Public Records

Each and every citizen in Lewis County and the wider Kentucky state area has vital documents stored on them. These vital documents refer to the most important life events of Lewis County and Kentucky citizens. These records can incorporate vital files on divorces, marriages, births, deaths, and more. Lewis County plays an important role in locating vital records for the Kentucky state government. Lewis County is tasked with obtaining and sending copies of vital files to the state.

Marriage documents are compiled by every last county clerk in Kentucky. The clerks then send these files to the Office of Vital Statistics. County clerks have also been in charge of gathering other vital files in the past, such as birth and death files. The different files that Lewis County clerks may have amassed includes birth certificates, death certificates, divorce decrees, marriage licenses, divorce certificates, marriage certificates, and more. All Lewis County and wider Kentucky vital documents are stored in one central registry. They can later be used for statistical analysis.

Lewis County residents can access these vital files, because they are in the public domain. Residents of Lewis County have this right thanks to the 1976 Kentucky Open Files Act. The most recent amendment to the Act came in 1994. Lewis County residents can apply for these documents at:

Lewis County Clerk: ​ Glenda K. Himes
122 2nd St #202, Vanceburg, KY 41179
Phone: (606) 796-3062
Fax: (606) 796-6511

These documents are, unfortunately, not free in Lewis County. First copies of birth records cost $10.

NOTE - The Lewis County office opening times are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8:00 a.m.-ON Wednesday; 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday EST. A person must have a form of photo ID in order to obtain documents in Lewis County. In Lewis County, this normally includes a driver's license or state ID. A person must also put their request in writing in Lewis County.