54 Stanford St.
Lancaster, KY 40444
(859) 792-2961 - Phone
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (close at 12:00 on Wednesdays)
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Circuit Court Clerks are elected officials of the court and are responsible for the custody, control, and safe storage of court records for both Circuit and District Court. Among the duties of the clerks and their deputy clerks are the receipt of lawsuits and papers for the courts, being present during trials, receiving fines, issuing drivers' licenses, scheduling juries, handling bond money and operating the tape recording equipment which records District Court proceedings.
Drivers' License Issuance
Written (knowledge) tests for driver license permit, motorcycle permit, and driver license reinstatement - Tuesday from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm. Applicants must bring their original birth certificate and social security card to take the exam. They must also have a parent present to sign if they are a minor.
CDL permits - Tuesday from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (CDL application, medical examination report and self - certification form must be mailed to Division of Driver Licensing prior to taking CDL permit).
Road (skills) tests: Tuesday from 8:00 am - 10:30 am by appointment only. Please call a week in advance to schedule your appointment.
Motorcycle (skills) test: Second and Fourth Tuesday at 10:30 am by appointment only. Please call a week in advance to schedule your appointment.
Often called, "the people's court" the district court has limited jurisdiction - hearing only certain types of cases. Ninety percent of all Kentuckians who come in contact with the judicial system will appear in District Court. Juvenile matters, city and county ordinances, misdemeanors, traffic offenses, probate of wills, felony preliminaries and civil cases (with amounts of $5,000 or less) are all heard in District Court. Guardianship and conservatorship for disabled persons are in District Court as well as voluntary or involuntary mental commitments and cases relating to domestic violence and abuse are heard in District Court.
Small Claims Court
There is also a small claims division of District Court to informally handle matters with a value of $2,500 or less. In small claims, a lawyer is not necessary. A citizen can bring his or her own case before the judge at a minimum cost.