Breathitt County Clerk’s Office

Welcome to Breathitt County

Breathitt County, located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Eastern Coal Field region, was created on April 1, 1839 by an act of the Legislature and named in honor of Gov. John Breathitt (1832-34). The eighty-ninth county in order of creation, Breathitt County covers an area of 494 square miles and is bordered by Lee, Wolfe, Magoffin, Knott, Perry, and Owsley Counties.

The county seat is located at Jackson near the geographic center of the county on the North Fork of the Kentucky River. Other major waterways include the Middle Fork of the Kentucky River, Quicksand, Troublesome, Lost, and Frozen Creeks.

Today, Breathitt County is an important part of the Eastern Kentucky economy with timber and coal as the primary resources transported across a network of roadways including Highways 15, 30, and 1110 to all parts of the nation. Breathitt County is home to three colleges, five high schools and numerous grade schools and other educational facilities.

Our Services

The third Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1850 established the position of the County Clerk. The County Clerk answers to the Kentucky Constitution, and all the Kentucky Revised Statutes and Administrative Regulations. Duties assigned to this position are varied and provide the link for the business world to operate while protecting their interests.


  • The Kentucky Courts, lending institutions, governmental agencies, automobile dealers, real estate agents, and mineral leasing agencies use our offices.
  • We operate the tax payer’s bank. Collection of taxes, not only for the Commonwealth and the County, also for all the taxing entities that provide invaluable services to our communities, are collected in our offices.
  • The most vital role of the County Clerk’s office is to maintain the legal depository for all County records. Filing of deeds, mortgages, leases, list pendings, wills, notary commissions, and many more records that are beneficial to our society.
  • County Clerks are responsible for all vehicle applications for titles and all boats, and we also handle the registrations for all the vehicles within Breathitt County.
  • We maintain a close relationship with the Executive branch of the State Government. As laws are passed, we must all work together to meet the needs of our constituents.

Elections Information

The Breathitt County Clerk's Office is dedicated to providing you with all the information you need to participate in the democratic process and exercise your right to vote.

Delinquent Taxes

The Breathitt County Clerk's Office provides information on penalties, interest charges, fees, and payment options for property owners who have missed the deadline for paying their property taxes, as well as information for prospective buyers on purchasing tax liens or deeds on delinquent properties.

Motor Vehicles

The Breathitt County Clerk's Office provides information on vehicle registration, licensing, and titling. The County Clerk's Office also provides details on how to obtain or renew vehicle registration and licensing, as well as information on titling vehicles and transferring ownership. The page also includes links to relevant forms and fee schedules.


The Breathitt County Clerk's Office provides access to various public records, including property records and other important documents.


The Breathitt County Clerk's Office provides an overview of the various services offered by the office, including notary public services, marriage licenses, and hunting and fishing licenses.

Facts About the County Clerk

The County Clerk performs 186 constitutional duties, such as:

  1. Elections
    1. Filing of candidates
    2. Voter registration
    3. Candidate reports
    4. Ballots
  2. Vehicles
  3. Delinquent taxes
  4. Deeds
  5. Liens
  6. Marriage licenses
  7. Mortgages
  8. Fiscal Court minutes

Holiday Closures

New Year's Day
Monday, January 1, 2024
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
Monday, January 15, 2024
Good Friday
Friday, March 29, 2024
Memorial Day
Monday, May 27, 2024
Independence Day
Thursday, July 4, 2024
Labor Day
Monday, September 2, 2024
Veterans Day
Monday, November 11, 2024
Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2024
Christmas Holiday
Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25, 2024
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Tuesday, December 31, 2024 and Wednesday, January 1, 2025

Hours of Business

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:
8:00am – 4:00pm
8:00am – 12:00pm

Contact Us

Breathitt County Fiscal Court
1137 Main St.
Jackson, KY 41339

Phone: (606) 666-3800
Fax: (606)-666-3817
Email: [email protected]

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