The North, East, and South Doors of the Courthouse will be Closed Until Further Notice

Please Use the Ground Level West Door (movie theater side) To Access County Offices

The Courthouse Is Closed Daily Between 12:00pm-1:00pm

All Visitors Must Complete Health Screening Procedures Upon Entering The Courthouse    



Effective May 17, 2021 Adair County Courts are at PHASE III. Individuals should call the Circuit Clerk's Office at (660) 665-2552 if they have questions about court appearances.



Tax Collection Drop Box


Due to a screening process that is now being implemented at the Adair County Courthouse and social distancing guidelines, the Adair County Collector's Office would like to encourage tax payers making a payment by check or money order, to take advantage of the availability and easy access of the payment drop box located on the North side of the Courthouse parking lot (pictured right).



About Adair County

Located in northeast Missouri, Adair county has a population of 25,607 (2010 Census) and covers 569 square miles with the county maintaining approximately 700 miles of roadway.

Adair County was founded on January 29,1841, and was named after John Adair, the eighth Governor of Kentucky. The county seat is located in Kirksville, Missouri.

The county is governed by a three member County Commission led by the Presiding Commissioner. Commissioner’s enact and administer local ordinances, approve budgets, oversee spending, and hire county employees.


Adair County operates and exercises its authority through laws expressly granted to them by the state of Missouri.

Services performed by Adair County include:

    • Recorder of deeds
    • Property tax assessment
    • Property tax collection
    • Law enforcement and corrections
    • Crime prosecution
    • Public conservatorships
    • Road and bridge maintenance

Elected Officials in Adair County include:

The majority of county government offices are located in the Adair County Courthouse which is on the city square in Kirksville, Missouri.

The following offices are located on the 2nd floor of the courthouse:

  • Commission
  • Assessor
  • County Clerk
  • Collector
  • Recorder
  • Treasurer

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is located in the Adair County Detention Center at 215 North Franklin in Kirksville, Missouri.

The Public Administrator’s Office and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office are both located in the County Annex building at 300 North Franklin in Kirksville, Missouri.

If you would like to learn more about the history of the courthouse, click here.

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