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McCracken County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are McCracken County Arrest Records?

McCracken County arrest records are official records providing information on the rate of arrests in the county following criminal activity. It also provides information on the number of arrest warrants issued and alleged offenders or arrested persons. The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office administers these records and provides data on the rate of crimes solved in the county. The location and contact information of the Sheriff’s Office is:

McCracken County Sheriff’s Office
McCracken County Courthouse
300 Clarence Gaines Street
Paducah, Ky 42003
(270) 444-4719

Note: Although arrest records may suggest that a person has been taken into custody as part of an active investigation, it does not conclusively mean that the person was involved in the crime or conviction. Therefore, arrest records should not be used as an alternative for criminal history information.

Crime Statistics

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) provides annual reports of crime statistic information for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In 2018, McCracken County had a total number of 3,484 crimes reported. This comprised of 1,329 violent crimes and 2,125 property crimes. Violent crimes reported include 9 murders, 128 rapes, 37 robberies, and 1,155 aggravated assaults. Property crimes reported include 289 burglaries, 1670 larcenies, 150 motor vehicle thefts, and 16 arsons.

The 2018 crime figures represent an increase in total crime rate in the county over a 5-year period, Between 2014 and 2018, there was an increase in 7 out of 8 major crimes in McCracken County. Murder, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson rates increased by 80%, 64%, 6%, 2%, 2%, 79%, and 167% respectively. The robbery crime rate in McCracken County decreased by 23%.

What are McCracken County Criminal Records?

McCracken County criminal records are official documents detailing the criminal activities of an individual within the county’s jurisdiction. McCracken County criminal records are processed by the county’s Sheriff’s office and the state law enforcement agency. The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is the central administrative body that provides members of the public with access to criminal background checks within the state. The Kentucky Administrative Office of Courts (AOC) also provides members of the public with access to criminal reports.

How Do I Get McCracken County Criminal Records?

Criminal background checks carried out by the KSP are name-based checks and fingerprint-based checks. Name-based checks can be carried out by any member of the general public. The authorization of the subject of the check is required. Fingerprint-based checks are available to the subject of a criminal record, and statutorily authorized bodies and agencies. Name-based checks can only be done via mail and fingerprints are not required. Interested persons can obtain records by submitting the related request.

Individuals interested in carrying out a fingerprint-based check should visit the Changes to Fingerprint Check page and use any of the available and accessible means provided. Criminal records background checks are also processed for the public by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). Requests can be made online, via mail, or in person. To carry out an online check, there are two online portals that can be used. These are AOCFastCheck and One-Time Request. Interested individuals should provide the necessary information to obtain criminal record reports.

Mail-in and in-person requests can be made by filling out the AOC-RU-004 form. Payment and the requester’s valid ID should be attached to the filled out form and submitted in person or via mail to:

Administrative Office of the Courts
Records Unit
1001 Vandalay Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 573-1682
(800) 928-6381.

Acceptable means of payment include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, credit cards, and most debit cards. Payment can also be made with checks and money order made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer.

How To Find McCracken County Sex Offender Information

Pursuant to KRS 17.580, the KSP maintains the sex offender registry of the state and provides information to the public on sex offenders in the state. The aim is to facilitate public safety and awareness by notifying the public of potential danger from sex offenders. This sex offender registry can be searched with sex offender’s number, name, street address, city, county, or ZIP code. The Neighborhood Map can be used to locate multiple sex offenders in a particular area by using the street address, city, ZIP code, radius, or county.

How do I Visit an Inmate in McCracken County Jail?

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office runs the operations of the McCracken County Jail, located at:

400 South 7th Street
Paducah, Ky 42003
(270) 444-4730

Through Inmate Services, interested individuals can get information on visitation schedules, visitation rules, commissary, depositing money for inmates, etc.

Where And How To Find McCracken County Inmate Information

The Sheriff’s Office provides a regularly updated McCracken County Inmate List. This is to provide interested members of the public with access to inmate information, such as their current status and jail time.

What are McCracken County Court Records?

McCracken County court records are public records that are accessible to members of the public. The Circuit Court and District Court records are maintained by the Circuit Court Clerk. Any person interested in obtaining court records should query the Circuit Court Clerk at:

McCracken County Circuit Court Clerk
300 Clarence Gaines St.
Paducah, KY 42003
Circuit mailing address: P.O. Box 1455
District mailing address: P.O. Box 1436
Phone Number
Circuit: (270) 575-7280
District: (270) 575-7270

Location of all Courts in McCracken County

McCracken County has just one Circuit Court and one District Court. The Circuit Court has general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases but generally only handles cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of District Courts. The District Court has limited jurisdiction over certain types of civil and criminal cases.

McCracken County Circuit Court
McCracken County Courthouse
301 South 6th Street
P.O. Box 1455
Paducah, KY 42003
Phone: (270) 575-7280
Fax: (270) 525-7029

McCracken County District Court
McCracken County Courthouse
301 South 6th Street
P.O. Box 1436
Paducah, KY 42003
Phone: (270) 575-7270
Fax: (270) 575-7029

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What are McCracken County Vital Records

McCracken County vital records are official files documenting vital events that have occured within the boundaries of the county. This includes birth, death, marriage, and divorce records and other related documents. These records are administered by officials both at the county level and at the state level. Divorce and marriage records can be requested from the County Clerk of McCracken County. The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services maintains statewide vital records and allows eligible individuals to request these records.

Where And How To Get McCracken County Divorce Records

McCracken County divorce records are maintained by the McCracken County Clerk. This is where the divorce decree is granted. Persons interested in obtaining this record should visit make a written request providing the following information:

  • The full names of the divorced parties
  • The place of the divorce
  • The date of the divorce
  • The full name and contact information of the requester
  • Mailing address of the requester
  • Number of copies required

This written address should be submitted in person to:

Physical Address
300 Clarence Gaines Street
Paducah, KY 42003
(270) 444-4703
(270)448-1540

The written address can also be sent via mail to:

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 609
Paducah, KY 42002-0609

The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics administers a central system of statewide divorce records from June 1958 till date. Individuals interested in requesting divorce records should fill out the Application for a Certified Copy of Marriage/Divorce Certificate. The filled-out form, along with payment and a valid ID, should be submitted in person or via mail to:

Office of Vital Statistics
275 East Main Street 1E-A
Frankfort, KY 40621

These requests cost $6 per certified record requested, this can be paid through money order or check made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer.

Where And How To Get McCracken County Marriage Records

McCracken County marriage records can be obtained from the McCracken County Clerk. To make requests for a marriage record, a requester should send a written request with the following information:

  • The full names of the married couple
  • The place of the marriage
  • The date of the marriage
  • The full name and contact information of the requester
  • Mailing address of the requester
  • Number of copies required

This written address should be submitted in person to:

Physical Address
300 Clarence Gaines Street
Paducah, KY 42003
(270) 444-4703
(270)448-1540

The written address can also be sent via mail to:

P. O. Box 609
Paducah, KY 42002-0609

The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics also processes certified copies of marriage records in the state from June 1958 to date. To request certified copies of marriage records, complete the Application for a Certified Copy of Marriage/Divorce Certificate. Payment, a valid ID of the requester and this completed form should be submitted in person or via mail to:

Office of Vital Statistics
275 East Main Street 1E-A
Frankfort, KY 40621

Where and How to Get McCracken County Birth Records

The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics administers the state repository of birth records from 1911 to date. Requests for birth records can be made by filling out the Application for a Certified Copy of Birth Certificate. Once the form is filled, it should be attached with payment, a valid ID of the requester, and evidence of relationship with the record subject. These documents can be mailed or submitted in person to:

Office of Vital Statistics
275 East Main Street 1E-A
Frankfort, KY 40621

Each birth record costs $10, payable via check or money order.

Where and How to Get McCracken County Death Records

The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics administers Kentucky’s death records from 1911 to date. To obtain death records, a requester should filling out the Application for a Certified Copy of Death Certificate. The filled-out application form should be attached with payment, a valid ID of the requester, and evidence of relationship with the record subject. The documents can either be sent via mail or be submitted in person to:

Office of Vital Statistics
275 East Main Street 1E-A
Frankfort, KY 40621

Death records cost $6 for each copy. This fee is payable via check or money order.