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

Smith County, Kansas Overview

Smith County is located in the state of Kansas. Named after J. Nelson Smith, the county was formed in 1872 and its county seat is Smith Center. The county has a total population of 3706, as of 2013, with its area spanning 897 square miles (land area being 895 square miles, while water area being 1.5 square miles). The county consists of 8 ZIP codes, with ZIP code 66967 recorded as the one with the largest population. Smith County borders the following counties: Osborne County, Kansas to the south; Jewell County, Kansas to the east; Phillips County, Kansas to the west; Webster County, Nebraska to the northeast; Franklin County, Nebraska to the northwest, and; Rooks County, Kansas to the southwest.

Smith County Clerk Information

The duties of the Clerk include, but not limited to

  • Secretary to Board of County Commissioners
  • Process Accounts Payable
  • Process county payroll and prepare all necessary reports
  • Maintain personnel files
  • Maintain copy of current county policy and job descriptions
  • Record transfer of ownership from deeds, probates, divorce decrees, etc.
  • Maintain a file of real estate by address, legal description, and name, calculate levies, create tax rolls and deliver them to the Treasurer for collection

An open records request form is available at the County Clerk’s website. It requries the names of the records you need and your contact information. Research and preparation time will be billed at $20.00 per hour or by the hourly rate of the employee providing the research, whichever is higher. Letter/legal sized and faxed copies will be $.25 per page; anything oversize is $.50 per page. CD copies cost $25.00.

Below is the physical address of the County Clerk:

Sharon K. Wolters, Smith County Clerk
218 S. Grant
Smith Center, KS 66967
Phone: 785-282-5110
Fax: 785-282-5114
Register of Deeds
One function of this office is to record transactions to:

  • Journals
  • Ledgers
  • Permanent records
  • Computer Records

Below is the physical address of the Register of Deeds:

Stephanie Arment, Smith County Register of Deeds
218 S. Grant St., Ste 7
Smith Center, KS 66967
Phone: 785-282-5160
Fax: 785-282-6257
Hours: M-F 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 5:00pm


The County Appraiser is responsible for listing and valuing property in a uniform and equal manner. The appraiser determines the appropriate value of your property.

The types of public information that is available in the appraiser’s office include: aerial photography and parcel identification maps; property characteristics such as building size, age, style, etc.; property owner’s names and addresses; property situs addresses; valuation history; agricultural land use and soil type; and personal property records and guides, etc. The above information is stored in the county’s computer system and, in most cases, in paper form. The real property records are filed by parcel identification number. A record can be located by using the owner’s name, address, or parcel identification number. Personal property records are filed by owner’s name. These information can also be searched in the online parcel search.

Below is the physical address of the Appraiser:

Kathy Hansen, Smith County Appraiser
218 S Grant St, Ste # 6
Smith Center, KS 66967
Telephone: 785-282-5100
Fax: 785-686-4014
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

District Court

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 District Court:

Cathi Holt, Clerk of the District Court
Smith County Courthouse
218 S Grant PO Box 273
Smith Center, KS 66967-0273
Phone: 785-282-5140
Fax: 785-282-5145

Smith County Marriage License Office
In order to obtain a marriage license in Smith 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:Smith County Marriage License
Location:218 South Grant Street, Smith Center, Kansas, 66967

Smith County Clerk’s Office
County Government Office

Address: 218 S Grant St # 5, Smith Center, KS 66967, United States
Phone: 785-282-5110

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