Owen County Sheriff's Office

Mark Bess, Sheriff

102 N. Madison St.

Owenton, KY 40359

Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday

The sheriff serves as a law enforcement official, collects the county property taxes, provides court security and other services required by statute. The sheriff and his deputies provide 24-hour patrol and are dispatched through Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg. In case of an emergency, dial 911. 

It is the Mission of the Owen County Sheriff’s Office to provide quality law enforcement, court security, and civil services to the citizens and visitors of Owen County. We are dedicated to conducting ourselves in a manner respectful of the trust that has been placed upon us. We are dedicated to this mission and the people we serve to ensure that Owen County is a safe place to live, work, and visit.

Frequently asked questions

What documentation do I need for an out-of-state vehicle inspection?

You will need the title, your driver’s license, and $5 for the inspection fee.

Where do I go to get my vehicle inspected?

The sheriff’s office is located at 102 N. Madison St., Owenton. For an additional $10 fee, you may call and request a deputy be dispatched to your location for vehicle inspection. You must have the exact amount of $15 in cash or personal check made payable to Owen County Sheriff. Deputies do not carry change. If a receipt is required, you will need to contact the office during normal office hours.

When are property taxes due?

The Owen County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for collecting taxes for Owen County. Tax bills are normally mailed out at the end of September, with collection beginning Oct. 1 each year. Your tax bill will include the amount due.

What can I do to avoid penalties on property taxes?

Property tax bills include the following amounts:

  • Discount Amount
  • Face Amount
  • 5% Penalty Amount
  • 21% Penalty Amount
To avoid any penalty charges, please pay before the discount or face amount deadlines.

How can I renew my Carry A Concealed Deadly Weapon (CCDW) license?

To renew your CCDW license, you will need the renewal application, a printed color photo, the renewal fee (check payable to Kentucky Treasurer, $40, and check payable to Owen County Sheriff, $20). If you have moved since your license was issued, you will need to come into the office and fill out a change of personal information form.