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Nelson County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Nelson County Arrest Records?

Nelson county arrest records comprise reports on the arrest of offenders in the county. Records may reveal details on the arrest and brief information on the offender such as full name, mugshot, sex, age, race, height, and body weight. Arrest records are generated, filed, and maintained by the law enforcement agencies in Nelson county. The information included in arrest records consists of the date the offender was arrested, the arresting agency, crime committed, charge description, and other information relating to the arrest.

The Nelson County Sheriff's Office serves as the county repository for arrest records. Individuals that seek to obtain copies of arrest records may visit the County Sheriff’s office in person or mail a request to the address below:

210 Nelson County Plaza,
Bardstown, KY 40004,
Phone number: (502) 348-1840
Fax: (502) 348-1849

The office opens between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm, from Monday to Friday and also on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 8:30 am-12:00 pm.

Crime Statistics

The 2018 Crime in Kentucky statistics reports released by the Kentucky state police, details the statistics of the crimes committed in all counties in the state including Nelson county. Nelson county recorded a total of 2048 offenses, out of which only 695 were cleared. The report contains details on crimes reported by the law enforcement agencies in Nelson, namely; the State Police, Nelson County Sheriff's Office, Bardstown Police Department, New Haven Police Department, Bloomfield Police Department. The major crimes reported include; 56 pornography offenses, 57 motor vehicle thefts, 380 larceny offenses, 150 burglary offenses, 16 robberies, 211 assault offenses, 48 counterfeiting/forgery offenses, 125 vandalism of property offenses, 865 drug/narcotic offenses, 36 fraud offenses, 20 kidnaps, 31 sex offenses (including three non-forcible sex offenses), 29 stolen property offenses, and 32 weapon law violations.

What are Nelson County Criminal Records?

Nelson county criminal records comprise of criminal history documents of individuals used for legal purposes. These documents are made up of recorded details on the criminal activities of past and current county offenders. Criminal records contain information on the nature of crimes committed, criminal convictions details, indictment and arrest records, sentences, and acquittals, and basic information on the subject of the record. The Nelson County Sheriff's Office compiles and provides access to criminal history information of county citizens. At the state level, the Kentucky Court of Justice centrally manages criminal records. Therefore, interested persons may also query the state repository for criminal records and run background checks.

How Do I Get Nelson County Criminal Records?

Interested parties can retrieve copies of criminal records at the County Sheriff's Office or at the Nelson county court where the case was heard. This process involves the provision of the required information on the subject of the record and a copy of the requestor’s valid ID. A nominal record processing fee may apply, applicants may contact the County Sheriff to confirm if charges apply. Record requests may be submitted to the Nelson County Sheriff's Office by mail or in-person to the address below:

210 Nelson County Plaza,
Bardstown, KY 40004,
Phone number: (502) 348-1840
Fax: (502) 348-1849

Operating hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm, from Monday to Friday. The office is also open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 8:30 am-12:00 pm. Record requests may also be submitted to the Nelson County Court Clerk by mail or in-person to the address below:

Nelson County Justice Center
200 Nelson County Plaza
Bardstown, KY 40004
Phone number: (502) 348-3648

Operating hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm, from Monday to Friday.

Interested persons may query the state repository, Kentucky Court of Justice, for criminal records and perform background checks. Requestors may be required to print and complete the criminal records request form and submit it together with the $25 record processing fee payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer by money order or check. Criminal records can be obtained by individuals, businesses, licensing agencies, and government establishments. Requests may be delivered in person or by mail to the address below:

Administrative Office of the Courts
Records Unit,
1001 Vandalay Drive
Frankfort, KY 406015

How to Find Nelson County Sex Offender Information

Persons that seek to look up information on Nelson county sex offenders may use the Sex Offender Registry provided by the Kentucky State Police. This registry provides frequently updated information on sex offenders across the state, including Nelson county. Inquirers may use this portal to determine the present location of a sex offender. Information such as the full name, address, race, sex, and other information on the physical description of the offender may be accessed on the sex offender registry.

How do I Visit an Inmate in Nelson County Jail?

County jail visitation is open to the family, acquaintances, friends, and legal representatives of inmates in custody. Intending visitors must call the jail administration at (502) 348-1860, on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays to schedule a visit before they come around for visitation. Visitors that do not schedule their visits may not be allowed to visit. Upon entering the jail facility, the visitors will be subjected to a search to ensure that they are not in possession of any contraband such as weapons, cameras, alcohol, drugs, etc. Visitors are also required to present a valid government-issued ID during visits and wear decent clothes that are not suggestive or revealing. Visitation is allowed on any weekday between 8: 00 am - 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at:

Nelson County Jail
810 W Stephen Foster Avenue,
Bardstown, KY 40004

Where and How to Find Nelson County Inmate Information

Information on inmates in Nelson County Jail is available at the Inmate Lookup portal of the county jail website. The portal contains the full name, charge description, mugshot, status, booking date, inmate classification, arrest information, and physical description of the inmate.

What are Nelson County Court Records?

Nelson court records are made up of court documents compiled from the court proceedings heard in various county courts. Court records comprise documents such as dockets, affidavits, case files, transcripts, and final depositions. The Nelson County Court Clerk generates, manages, and disperses court records to interested county residents. Persons interested in retrieving copies of court records may submit requests to the Clerk of Court's Office.

Location of all Courts in Nelson County

The addresses and contact details of the District and Circuit Courts in Nelson County are listed below:

Nelson County Circuit Court
Nelson County Justice Center
200 Nelson County Plaza, Bardstown, KY 40004
Phone: (502) 348-3648

Nelson County District Court
Nelson County Justice Center
200 Nelson County Plaza, Bardstown, KY 40004
Phone: (502) 348-3648

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What are Nelson County Vital Records?

Nelson county vital records comprise records on notable life events of county citizens like birth, death, divorce, and marriage. The Office of Vital Statistics under the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is the central repository for vital records. However, marriage licenses are issued by the Nelson County Clerk while the Court Clerk manages and provides access to divorce records on divorces finalized in Nelson county.

Where and How to Get Nelson County Divorce Records

Requesting parties may visit the office of the Nelson County Court Clerk to retrieve copies of divorce records. The County Clerk only has custody of the divorce records finalized in the county court. Nelson county divorce requests may be sent by mail or in-person. The full names of the parties to the divorce, the venue of divorce, and the date of the divorce should also be submitted along with an affordable fee that is determined by the Court Clerk.

Nelson County Justice Center
200 Nelson County Plaza
Bardstown, KY 40004
Phone number: (502) 348-3648

Operating hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm, from Monday to Friday.

Requests (Divorce Application {English} or Divorce Application {Spanish}) may also be sent to the Office of Vital Statistics together with a $6 fee per copy, payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer by money order or check. For requests sent by mail, requestors should indicate their phone number, the number of copies requested, and address where the requested record should be mailed to.

Office of Vital Statistics
Frankfort, KY 40621
275 E Main St. IE-A
(800) 241-8322.

Where and How to Get Nelson County Marriage Records

Married couples of legal age may obtain certified copies of their marriage licenses at the office of the Nelson County Clerk. They may also apply online. Both parties must be present together when applying for a marriage license. The following information on the married couple should be provided:

  • Full name and address
  • Place of birth including state and county
  • Date of birth and age
  • Mother’s full first and maiden name
  • Father’s full Name
  • Date of marriage
  • Present status of the applicants (Single, widowed, divorced, annulled, )
  • Occupations of the applicants
  • Number of the applicants’ prior marriages
  • Race of the applicants
  • Whether the applicants are directly related (first cousins are not allowed to marry each other)
  • A valid photo ID, such as.driver’s license, and passport

Nelson marriage records applications (Marriage Application {English} or Marriage Application {Spanish}) may also be sent to the Office of Vital Statistics with a $6 fee per copy, payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer by money order or check. For requests delivered by mail, applicants should include their phone number, the number of copies requested, and address where the requested record should be sent to.

Office of Vital Statistics
Frankfort, KY 40621
275 E Main St. IE-A
(800) 241-8322.

Where and How to Get Nelson County Birth Records

Nelson birth records applicants may access county birth records from 1911 to the date by visiting the Office of Vital Statistics in person or by mailing a completed Birth Certificate Application (Nacimiento-Birth Certificate Application (Spanish)) to the office. A certified birth record copy attracts a $10 fee, and a certified copy of a stillbirth record attracts a $6 fee, payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer by money order or check. The processing time for mail-in requests is 30 working days or less. The following information on the subject of the record should be provided:

  • Full name
  • The year, month, and day of birth
  • Mother’s Full First and Maiden Name
  • Father’s Full name
  • The place of birth

Office of Vital Statistics
Frankfort, KY 40621
275 E Main St. IE-A
(800) 241-8322.

Where and How to Get Nelson County Death Records

Individuals interested in obtaining certified death record requests may submit a completed Death Certificate Application (for Spanish -Defunción - Death Certificate) to the Office of Vital Statistics in-person or by mail along with a $6 fee. The Office of Vital Statistics has death records from 1911 to the date. The processing time for requests sent by mail is 30 working days or less. The following information on the subject of the record should be provided:

  • Full name
  • The year, month, and day of death
  • The place of death

Office of Vital Statistics
Frankfort, KY 40621
275 E Main St. IE-A
(800) 241-8322.