Lookup Public Records in Franklin CountyKansas. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Franklin County, Kansas Overview

Franklin County is a county located in the state of Kansas. The county was formed in August 25, 1855. Named after Benjamin Franklin, the county seat is Ottawa and it has a population of 25740 as of 2013. The county has a total area of 577 square miles, with its land area encompassing 572 square miles, and its water area 5.4 square miles. The county consists of 12 ZIP codes, with ZIP code 66067 recorded as the one with the largest population. Moreover, Franklin County borders the following counties: Douglas County, Kansas to the north; Anderson County, Kansas to the south; Miami County, Kansas to the east; Osage County, Kansas to the west; Johnson County, Kansas to the northeast; Coffey County, Kansas to the southwest, and; Linn County, Kansas to the southeast.

Franklin County Clerk Information

The county clerk, an elected position, plays a unique role in county government. The Kansas Constitution and Kansas Statutes place a great amount of legal responsibility on the position.

  • Acts as a secretary to the Board of County Commissioners, either in person or by deputy
  • County Election Officer
  • County Freedom of Information Officer (FIO)
  • Tax Administration
  • Financial Administration

Most records maintained by public entities are open for inspections and/or copying by individuals. Records commonly requested include, but are not limited to: resolutions; minutes from open meetings’ salaries of county officials & employees; county budgets; and policies. You must request records – written, photographic or computerized. Request the appropriate records custodian to determine if the record you need exists or is available. Be ready to provide a specific description of the record you seek. You may be asked to submit your request for information in writing. A comprehensive guide and request form is provided in the website.

Below is the physical address of the County Clerk:

Janet Paddock, County Clerk
315 South Main
Ottawa, KS 66067
Phone: (785)229-3410

Register of Deeds

The Register of Deeds Office files and records documents that pertain to real estate. These documents include:

  • Deeds
  • Mortgages
  • Oil and gas leases
  • Affidavits
  • Plats

Below is the physical address of the Register of Deeds:

Sue McCay, Register of Deeds
315 South Main
Ottawa, KS 66067
Phone: (785)229-3440


The Appraiser’s Office main responsibility is to locate, identify, list, classify, and uniformly appraise all real estate, personal property, and oil & gas reserves located within the county, except for utility owned property, as prescribed by Kansas Statutes.

The Appraiser’s Office has provided an online parcel search. There are two options: public and registered user. In the public option, search criteria include the owner’s name, property address, quick reference and parcel ID, architecture style, acreage, and some others. Search results show the parcel information, with much more comprehensive data than the search criteria.

Below is the physical address of the Appraiser:

Philip A. Dudley, County Appraiser
315 South Main
Ottawa, KS. 66067
Phone: (785) 229-3420

Court Clerk Information

The Kansas Open Records Act allows you to inspect and obtain copies of public records maintained by Kansas courts, as long as those records are not exempt from disclosure. Some case information is available online through appellate case search or district case search (fee-based). Many records maintained by Kansas courts are open for inspection. More commonly requested records include court case files and transcripts, final judgments from civil and criminal cases, court budgets, and certified oaths of office.

Below is the physical address of the Clerk of the District Court:

Linda Meier, Clerk of the District Court
301 S. Main
Ottawa, KS 66067

Franklin County Marriage License Office
In order to obtain a marriage license in Franklin County, the applicants must apply together, in person, at the County Clerk’s office. Both parties must present their state-issued picture ID, military ID, or passport, and know their social security number
State Law:Marriage – Section 23, Art. 1 and Premarital Agreements – Section 23, Art. 24
All State Statutes: Information is online at the State Website
Office:Franklin County Marriage License
Location:301 South Main Street, Ottawa, Kansas, 66067

Franklin Register of Deeds Office
County Government Office

Address: 315 S Main St #103, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States
Phone: 785-229-3440

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