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Legal Information: Kentucky

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
January 25, 2019

Do I need a special copy of my DVO to it enforced?

In some states, you will need a certified copy of your DVO. A certified copy says that it is a “true and correct” copy; it is signed and initialed by the clerk of court that gave you the order, and usually has some kind of court stamp on it. In Kentucky, the copy you first receive from the court is a certified copy. Kentucky is part of Project Passport, a program that makes Protective Orders easy to recognize so that police officers in neighboring states can easily enforce them.

It is a good idea to keep a copy of the order with you at all times. You will also want to bring several copies of the order with you when you move. Leave copies of the order at your work place, at your home, at the children’s school or daycare, in your car, with a sympathetic neighbor, and so on. Give a copy to the security guard or person at the front desk where you live and/or work. Give a copy of the order to anyone who is named in and protected by the order.