Documentation of U.S. Citizenship for KY Bar Application

The Kentucky Bar Application now requires all applicants to provide documentation of U.S. citizenship or immigration status.  If you are a U.S. citizen and were born in the United States, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will accept a certified copy of your birth certificate. You should obtain a certified copy from the appropriate government office in the state where you were born.

If you were born in Kentucky, you may request a certified copy of your birth certificate by phone, internet, mail, or in person.  The cost is $10 per copy.  Additional fees apply if you request a copy by phone or internet.  For more information, visit

The Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will not accept a hospital birth certificate, photocopies, notarized photocopies, or foreign birth certificates.