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Jury Trials and Grand Jury have re-started. We are also taking and refunding bonds in person. There may be a delay due to the need for social distancing in the Justice Center.  The orientation of the juries and schedules shall be outlined in subsequent orders.

The Kenton County Justice Center is now open normal business hours 8 am to 4 pm, Monday-Friday (except holidays).  Cutoff for refunding bonds is 3:30 pm.  There are rules regarding entry to the facility (see below).  Bonds are now being posted at our office.  You may continue to file documents through e-filing, mail or documents may be dropped in the drop box in front of the Justice Center (no cash or original wills please).  You may also be eligible to do some payments on-line. 

Both Covington and Independence Drivers License and Kentucky State Police Driver Testing are re-opened.  Some licenses may be renewed on-line. See our Drivers License website for more information.  

County Clerk fees increased January 1, 2020.  Please contact their office about their fee increases.

Our goal is to provide the best customer service by providing accurate and useful information in a straight-forward easy format. The Circuit Clerk’s office is informally divided into 4 main divisions.

Circuit Civil/Criminal

  • lawsuits over $5,000
  • foreclosures
  • land dispute title cases
  • contested probate cases
  • felony criminal cases

District Civil/Probate

  • lawsuits up to $5,000
  • small claims under $2,500
  • evictions
  • Probate (estates -death, guardianships, name changes, settlements of minors)
  • Casey’s law (involuntary drug/alcohol treatment), mental health (danger to self or others), disability (appointment to make medical/financial decisions)

District Criminal/Traffic

Family Court

  • divorce
  • paternity, child custody/visitation, child and/or spousal support,
  • juvenile dependency/neglect/abuse,
  • juvenile status offenses (runaways, truancy, beyond control)
  • adoptions
  • emergency protective orders and interpersonal protective orders (domestic violence and dating violence)

Use the links above to visit each area or click on the links to the right for the most frequently asked questions.

For information regarding drivers license (picture ID) visit www.drivekenton.org.

John C. Middleton
Kenton Circuit/District Clerk
230 Madison Avenue 3rd Floor
Covington, Kentucky 41011

Phone: (859) 292-6523
Fax: (859) 292-6611

Office Hours: 8 am – 4 pm Monday-Friday (except holidays) bonds refunded until 3:30 pm