Perry County Circuit Court Clerk


Charlie Patterson
Perry County Circuit Court Clerk


Circuit court clerks are responsible for managing the records of Circuit and District courts, Kentucky's trial courts. Circuit court clerks receive lawsuits and court documents, record legal documents, provide legal documents and other legal materials, are present during trials, schedule juries, receive and disburse money, maintain the jury system, administer oaths, handle affidavits, and issue driver licenses and non-driver identification cards. One circuit court clerk is elected in each Kentucky county. They serve for a term of six years.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday: 8 am - 4 pm
Closed Thursday and Friday during the third week in September for the Black Gold Festival.


Perry County Hall of Justice
545 Main St.
P.O. Box 7433
Hazard, KY 41702

Phone Number

Circuit: 606-435-6000
District: 606-435-6002


There is two-hour parking on Main Street. There is one free city-owned lot and a free parking structure.

Forms of Payment

Cash, check and money orders are accepted. Cash only for posting of bonds to surety. A picture I.D. is required for return of bond money.


All Circuit and District case information, Drivers' licenses, Provide all jury information, One public terminal is available for checking cases, Copies are available at 0.25 cents per page

Drivers License Information

Phone Number: 606-435-6003
Services: Written tests for permits are given from 12:30 pm - 2 pm on Wednesday - Friday. The applicant must be signed in at the office of circuit court clerk by 1:45 pm.
Road tests are given by appointment only from 8 am - 10 am on Wednesday - Friday. To make an appointment, please call 606-435-6093.

CharlieDonateLife.jpgIn 1992, the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks created the Trust For Life, the first program of its kind in the United States. The circuit clerks supported a law that gave every Kentuckian obtaining a driver’s license or state ID an opportunity to donate $1 to promote organ donation. Then, in 2006, the Clerks worked with other agencies to establish the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry, a secure database of people who wish to donate their organs and tissues to help others after they die. The Circuit Clerks now ask customers obtaining a license or ID to add their name to the KY Organ Donor Registry. With more than 116,000 Americans waiting for life-saving organ transplants, the need is greater than ever. Today, more than 1.8 million Kentuckians have joined the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry when obtaining a license or state ID! The KY Circuit Court Clerks add over 98% of those names to the Registry. Pictured are kidney and pancreas donor recipient Jennifer Hurley Dials, Circuit Court Clerk Charlie Patterson and intestinal tract donor recipient Krystal Combs, holding the “Donate Life” flag which will be flown in front of the AOC building during April, National Donate Life Month. Judge Alexander and the Fiscal Court are “Perry Proud” of Circuit Court Clerk Charlie Patterson and his hardworking staff for helping to save lives!

Perry County Circuit Court Clerk