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The Kansas Open Records Act allows you to inspect and obtain copies of public records maintained by Kansas courts, as long as these records are not exempt from disclosure. If a file is “open to the public” you may view the record on the public access terminal at the District Clerk’s Office.
The most common requested records are court case files and transcripts and final judgments from civil, probate and criminal cases. Some records may be exempt by judicial rule, order or case law. The more commonly requested records that are not available include:
The court cannot release individuals’ addresses or personal information. We can, however, give you contact information for an attorney or law firm on a case.
To obtain a certified copy of your marriage license you may apply to the Bureau of Vital Statistics located in Topeka, Kansas. You may visit the KS Bureau of Vital Statistics website or call 877-305-8315. Birth and death certificates are also available from this same site. Payment must be made by debit or credit card.
Public computer terminals are located at each District Court office. You may look up and print court records in the county where the case is filed. Printing costs may apply.
Requests for court records may also be made in writing addressed to the District Court Clerk’s Office. Please be as specific as possible by including the case number (if available), type of case and any documents you are requesting.
No. Court staff may conduct a search for a case or a document in a case that requires making a legal determination such as whether a judgment is current or a lien exists. Court staff also will not prepare a report or create a record to satisfy your request if that document does not already exist.
Requests for record searches will not be accepted over the telephone. All requests much be made in writing.
Background checks are performed by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation by calling 785-296-8200.