Justice Center


The Drivers License location in Covington is moving!  Drivers License in Covington only will be closed November 1 and will re-open at the new location 1840 Simon Kenton Way in the new Kenton Co. Building in the old Jillians/Bavarian Brewery Complex Monday November 4th.  The Courts and the Courts Division of the Circuit Clerks office will remain at the Justice Center. Also, the office hours of Drivers License ONLY are changing to mirror the County Clerk hours.  The Covington Drivers License office will be open 7:30 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday.  The Independence Drivers License office will be open 8 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday AND the first Saturday of the month 9 am to 12 noon.

We are receiving word that calls are being received allegedly from our phone number requesting payment of overdue fines.  We do not call people to take fines over the phone! If you receive a call please phone us back at 859-292-6523.    

Sheriff fees have increased effective June 27, 2019 to $60 per service.

Kenton County is now accepting electronic filing of Small Claims cases from all parties, including non-attorneys.  Click here for more information.

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)