The Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) guarantees any person the right to inspect and obtain copies of all public records, unless the records are closed consistent with specific provisions of law. Within three business days of receipt a County department must either provide records requested; inform the requester when, how and at what cost they will be provided, or state why the records cannot be provided. In some instances, Sedgwick County Government may not have the records requested, or may need more than three business days to search.
Certain records are “closed” or restricted in disclosure, to protect confidential information or protect other public interests. When requested records cannot be or are not required to be disclosed, County policy is to provide written denial that cites relevant provisions of law.
Sedgwick County Government wants to refer you to the County department or other government agency that has the records you need, as soon as possible.
You can use the links found on this page to learn more about how to obtain marriage, divorce, birth, death, criminal history or various State District Court records.
Learn more about information available for real estate ownership, sales, appraisal and tax records. You can search for and access many of these records here on the County website.
If you are researching your family history, the Genealogical Research page describes information the County has and does not have, and refers you to other community resources.
Before you call, email or submit a web request, please take a few minutes to look over the Other Frequently Requested Records page. It may save you time, by pointing you directly to the non-County agency or County department that has the records you seek.
If none of the pages described above take you to what you are looking for, then visit the Request County Records page to learn how to submit a request.
Finally, if you wish to learn more about the Kansas Open Records Act, your
rights as a requester, and responsibilities of Kansas governments and employees,
visit our More about KORA page.
KORA requires that each Kansas government designate a Freedom of Information Officer (FIO). The role of the FIO is to assist requesters in submitting requests to agencies that maintain records they wish to obtain, answer general questions about KORA and assist departments in responding to KORA requesters. The Freedom of Information Officer for Sedgwick County is:
Records Manager and Freedom of Information Officer
Courthouse Records Center
525 N. Main (Basement Mezzanine)
Wichita, KS 67203-3782