The Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky are action-oriented public servants going above and beyond.

Kentucky’s Circuit Court Clerks are responsible for handling the records of Circuit and District courts including recording & providing legal documents, maintaining the jury system, administering oaths, handling affidavits, receiving money due to the court, and paying money to required parties. In addition to these essential duties, the Circuit Clerks of Kentucky also issue driver licenses and state ID cards.  There is 1 Circuit Court Clerk in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties, and they are elected for six-year terms.

Their deputies also ask those 2 very important questions for our mission, “Would you like to help save lives by registering as an organ donor and would you like to donate $1 to the Kentucky Organ Donor education program?”

The Vision

In 1992, the Circuit Court Clerk in Clark Co., Mr. Arthur Walson, tragically lost a cousin waiting for a heart transplant. Mr. Walson and his fellow Circuit Court Clerks vowed to do something about the need for more organ donors in the hope that no one else would lose a parent, spouse, child, or friend awaiting a transplant.

The Actions

In 1992, the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks (KACCC) created the Trust For Life.  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. This was the first program of its kind in the United States. These dollars are put into a trust, and it is called their Trust For Life.

In 2006, the Clerks worked with other agencies to establish the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. This is a secure database of people who wish to donate their organs & 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.

The Outcome

With the funds raised, dollar by dollar from the Circuit Clerks and willing residents of Kentucky, the Trust educates Kentucky through state-wide advertising and public awareness initiatives.  These programs work to dispel myths and teach the crucial need for everyone to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry to save lives.  With more than 116,000 Americans waiting for life-saving organ transplants, the need is greater than ever.  Many Circuit Clerks participate in health fairs, festivals, and school & civic speaking events to raise awareness in their community. Since 1992, more than $8 million has been spent on educating Kentucky about this life-saving mission.

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 the names to the Registry. Kentucky is fortunate to have such a generous association of Circuit Court Clerks who are committed to making a difference in our Commonwealth.