For over 200 years the office of Secretary of State has played an integral role in Kentucky’s history. The delegates to the 1792 Constitutional Convention, and all three Constitutional Conventions thereafter, realized the importance of having a Secretary for the Commonwealth when they mandated the establishment of such an office. Throughout the years we can see the Secretary of State’s Office accepting additional responsibilities as they are assigned by the Executive & Legislative Branches of Kentucky’s government.

The Timeline serves as an informal history of the office itself. We are including complete text of all four of Kentucky Constitutions (as they were originally written), entries from the Governors’ Executive Journals, and other articles that provide an insight into the history, function and development of the office. The Timeline will be updated as additional information becomes available.

We especially thank Charles Zoeller for his generous donation of the text for each of the Kentucky Constitutions. Mr. Zoeller’s data entry enabled staff of the Secretary of State’s Office to have an excellent foundation for the Constitution project and provided us an opportunity to expand the Timeline with additional information.

Disclaimer: This website includes complete text of all four of Kentucky's Constitutions (as originally written), selected Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly, and other articles regarding the office and function of the Kentucky Secretary of State. Additional information will be added to this site periodically. Text included on this website was keyed by the staff of the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office. Although efforts were made to ensure the accuracy of all material, researchers should consult published versions of Kentucky Acts for official use. "Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly” may be researched at the Kentucky History Center Library, the Department for Libraries & Archives, and the Supreme Court Law Library, all in Frankfort, Kentucky. (Note: Acts included on this site may have been amended or rescinded; the information on this site is included for historical research only.)

Press Releases: April 25 & May 2, 2005, on the Kentucky Secretary of State's Website.

In an April 25, 2005, press release, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced the office has a new online presence, located at http://sos.ky.gov effective this date.

The newly-designed website offers information on all office responsibilities, including business services, elections, administrative services, land records, and executive information. The previous website regularly received over 1.5 million hits a month, making it one of Kentucky state government's most popular sites.

New services for the office include: (1) a summonses tracking system which allows lawyers, the media, and other general constituents to determine when the summons was received in the Secretary of State's Office and when it was mailed to the defendant & court of jurisdiction; the service also provides a direct link to the U.S. Postal System tracking service which displays when the summons was delivered by certified mail; (2) new land patent database searches for the Kentucky Land Office; and, (3) new business services that offer constituents the ability to: (a) file statements of change online and, (b) view & print a reinstatement packet for organizations that have been administratively dissolved.

Online access to Certificates of Existence, Certificates of Authorization, and Annual Report forms were added earlier in 2005.