In 1976, the General Assembly enacted the Open Records Act, KRS 61.870 to KRS 61.884, which establishes a right of access to public records. The General Assembly recognized that free and open examination of public records is in the public interest. The public agency must respond to your request, in writing, and within three days, not including Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. If the agency denies all or any part of your request, it must tell you which Open Records Act exemption it is relying on.
OPEN RECORDS REQUESTS MUST CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO BE ACCEPTED:
1. The requesting party’s name, address, and email address (if copies are requested);
2. Precise identification of records to be inspected;
3. A statement indicating whether the records will be used for a commercial purpose;
4. A statement that the requesting party is a resident of the commonwealth pursuant to KRS 61.870(10);
5. Explanation of how the requesting party qualifies as a resident of the commonwealth pursuant to KRS 61.870(10); and
6. Signature and date.Open-Records-Form