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Tennessee Public RecordsThe state of Tennessee boasts an extensive population of more than 6.3 million residents as of 2011. This state also offers a significant piece of American history as the 16th state to join the Union in 1796. Prior to that time, Tennessee was considered a part of North Carolina, and later, part of the Southwest Territory. The state was first inhabited by Spanish explorers during the 16th century, with British settlers moving into the area nearly two centuries later. Today, finding a piece of history often involves tracking down the Tennessee public records of those who were born, married and died in the state.  There are many reasons to launch a vital records search in Tennessee, whether for academic, genealogical or personal reasons.

No matter what your purpose might be in initiating a records search, finding the right documents quickly and accurately is undoubtedly your ultimate goal. Fortunately, Tennessee makes this process as simple as possible, with a single location at the Department of Health for the majority of these records. Additional information can also be found at a second government office, which is the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Before launching a Tennessee public records search, consider these tips for success:

  • Most vital records in Tennessee can be located through the state’s Department of Health.
  • This office offers access to public documents in person, by mail or online.
  • Applications for Tennessee public records can be downloaded from the agency’s website.
  • There is a fee for retrieving public documents – fee schedules are list at agency website.
  • Additional files can be located at the Tennessee State Library and Archive.
  • Who Can Obtain Tennessee Public Records?

    Tennessee does not issue certified copies of public records to members of the general public, in order to protect the names on the documents from possible identity theft. Access to certified copies is restricted to the person on the document and immediate family members. Legal representatives of either of these parties can also gain access to the certificate. This means that friends and family members are not allowed to pick up documents for those who requested the information.

    If someone needs information about a birth or death record in Tennessee and does not fit one of the categories listed above, information may be provided without a certified copy being issued. These informational copies only provide the basics, including the name of the person, the event and the date and county where the event took place.

    However, all vital records in Tennessee become a matter of public records 50 years after the date of the event for death and marriage records, or 100 years after the date of birth, making it easier for genealogists and other researchers to obtain historic information for tracing family trees or documenting Tennessee history.

    Where to Find Tennessee Public Records

    Nearly all Tennessee vital records can be found at the Tennessee Department of Health. This agency serves as the central repository for birth, death, marriage and divorce records. The department provides access to these documents in person, by mail and online. Applications for documents can be downloaded from the department’s website, and then brought to a local office or mailed in. Identification is required with all document requests, and should include a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.

    Additional public records for Tennessee can be found at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. This archive contains Tennessee birth and death records dating back prior to those on file at the Department of Health. You can also find census records, military records, land grants and deeds through this office.

    The Library and Archives features an online search option that makes it easy to find the documents you are searching for from any location that has Internet access. Materials requested from the online Tennessee public records search can then be requested and will be sent from the office by email in most cases.

    Are Online Public Records Available in Tennessee?

    In addition to the online search options provided by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Department of Health also has an online feature available. While the online function is not offered directly by the agency, the department has partnered with another company, VitalChek, to make online public records in Tennessee available. There is an additional charge assessed by VitalChek to use this service.



     
    State of Tennessee Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    6,888,214

     
    Under 18:
    1,486,471

     
    Over 65:
    793,117

     
    Employed:
    3,901,724

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    41,217.12

     
    Acres of Farms:
    11,533,681

     
    Births:
    81,747

     
    Deaths:
    57,260

     
    Infant Deaths:
    574

     
     
    Murder:
    408

     
    Forcible Rape:
    2,062

     
    Robbery:
    10,800

     
    Assault:
    31,627

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    44,897

     
    Burglary:
    65,006

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    167,015

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    19,224

     
    Total Property Crime:
    251,245

     
    Tennessee Public Records Locations
    Financial Responsibility Section
    Records Unit
    1150 Foster Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37210
    Phone:
    615-741-3954

    Fax:
    615-253-2093










    Attorney General's Office
    PO Box 20207
    Nashville, TN 37202-0207
    Phone:
    615-741-3491

    Fax:
    615-741-2009










     
    Tennessee Department of Health
    Office of Vital Records
    421 5th Ave North, 1st floor
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Phone:
    615-741-1763

    Fax:
    615-741-9860










    TN Sec of State: Corporations
    William R Snodgrass Tower
    312 Eighth Ave. N, 6th Fl
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Phone:
    615-741-2286

    Fax:
    615-741-7310










     
    Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
    TN Open Records Information Svcs
    901 R S Gass Blvd
    Nashville, TN 37216
    Phone:
    615-744-4057

    Fax:
    615-744-4289










    Tennessee Department of Health
    Office of Vital Records
    421 5th Ave North, 1st floor
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Phone:
    615-741-1763

    Fax:
    615-741-9860










     
    Tennessee Department of Health
    Office of Vital Records
    421 5th Ave North, 1st floor
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Phone:
    615-741-1763

    Fax:
    615-741-9860










    Dept. of Safety, Financial Responsibility Section
    Attn: Driving Records
    PO Box 945
    Nashville, TN 37202
    Phone:
    615-741-3954

    Fax:
    615-253-2093










     
    TN Dept of Labor & Workforce Development
    Division of Adult Education
    220 French Landing Dr
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Phone:
    615-741-7054

    Fax:
    615-532-4899










    Governor's Office
    State Capitol, 1st Floor
    Nashville, TN 37243-0001
    Phone:
    615-741-2001

    Fax:
    615-532-9711










     
    Wildlife Resources Agency
    Revenue Division
    PO Box 40747
    Nashville, TN 37204
    Phone:
    615-781-6500

     
    800-648-8798

    Fax:
    615-781-5277










    Dept of Corrections-ATTN: PIO/FOIL
    Rachel Jackson Building, Ground Fl
    320 6th Avenue, N.
    Nashville, TN 37243-0465
    Phone:
    615-741-1000

    Fax:
    615-532-1497










     
    Tennessee General Assembly
    Office of Legislative Information Services
    Rachel Jackson Bldg, 1st Floor (320 6th Ave)
    Nashville, TN 37243









    Tennessee Department of Health
    Office of Vital Records
    421 5th Ave North, 1st floor
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Phone:
    615-741-1763

    Fax:
    615-741-9860










     
    Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
    Sexual Offender Registry
    901 R S Gass Blvd.
    Nashville, TN 37216
    Fax:
    615-744-4655










    Secretary of State
    State Library & Archives Division
    403 7th Ave N
    Nashville, TN 37243-0312
    Fax:
    615-532-2472

    Administration:
    615-741-7996










     
    Administrative Office of the Courts
    Nashville City Center
    511 Union St, Suite 600
    Nashville, TN 37219
    Phone:
    615-741-2687

    Fax:
    615-741-6285










    TN Sec of State - UCC Records
    William R Snodgrass Tower
    312 Eighth Ave N, 6th Fl
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Phone:
    615-741-3276










     
    Motor Vehicle Services
    Taxpayer & Vehicle Services
    44 Vantage Way #160
    Nashville, TN 37243-8050
    Phone:
    615-741-3101

     
    888-871-3171

    Fax:
    615-253-4259










    Tennessee Department of Labor
    Workers Compensation Division
    710 James Robertson Pkwy, 2nd Floor
    Nashville, TN 37243-0661
    Phone:
    615-253-1842

    Fax:
    615-532-1942