Nicholas County Clerk

​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 provides the link for the business world to operate, while protecting their interest.  The Kentucky Courts, lending institutions, governmental agencies, automobile dealers, real estate agents, and mineral leasing agencies use our offices.  We also operate the tax payer’s bank.  Collection of taxes, not only for the Commonwealth and the County, but also for all the taxing entities that provide invaluable services to our communities.

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, lisp endings, 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 also handle the registrations for all vehicles within our County.

We must maintain a close relationship with the Executive branch of State Government.  As laws are passed we must all work together to meet the needs of our constituents.


The County Clerk performs 185 constitutional duties, including:


  • Filing of Candidates
  • Voter Registration
  • Candidate Reports
  • Ballots


Delinquent Taxes

Tax Appeals

Hunting Licenses


  • Liens
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Mortgages
  • Fiscal Court Minutes

Contact Information

Martha Moss, County Clerk
Nicholas County Courthouse
Carlisle, KY 40311
(859) 289-3730 – Office
(859) 289-3709 – Fax


Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

NOTICE: The Nicholas County Clerk’s Office is open the last Saturday of each month.  The office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 ​a.m. on Saturdays​. For holiday weekends, Saturday hours will be the weekend before. ​

Driving Without Insurance

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Driving without personal liability insurance is against the law, and there are penalties for violators.  If your personal vehicle is identified as uninsured, the vehicle’s registration will automatically be canceled thirty days after you receive an Uninsured Notice from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Motor Vehicle Regulation.  Registration will not be restored until proof of insurance is provided to your County Clerk.

Bottom line? The law requires that "before the owner of a motor vehicle or trailer may operate it or permit its operation upon the highways of this state, he shall obtain motor vehicle insurance… as required by KRS 304.39-080…" (KRS 186A.065 Prerequisites for operation of motor vehicles or trailers)."

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