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Assembled below for your convenience are Tennessee databases of popular public records.  Need records from a city or county?  Access those from the menu options on the left.

  • Court System - The Tennessee court system has four levels. First are: Courts of General Sessions (civil, domestic relations, mental health, estate, small claims, misdemeanor, traffic); Municipal Courts (city violations, traffic, preliminary hearings); and Juvenile Courts (paternity, juvenile). Second are trial courts: Circuit Courts (domestic relations, civil, criminal); Criminal Courts (in 13 districts, felony trials & misdemeanor appeals); Chancery Courts (courts of equity for civil & domestic relations); and Probate Courts (estates, wills, conservatorships & guardianships). Third are the Court of Appeals (civil, agency & juvenile appeals); and Court of Criminal Appeals (capital, felony, misdemeanor & juvenile criminal appeals). Fourth is the Supreme Court, which reviews decisions from lower courts.  Tennessee Court Records
  • Criminal Records - Misdemeanors, infractions, and traffic violations are handled by the Courts of General Sessions. Traffic and other violations occurring within a city are handled by Municipal Courts. Felony cases can be handled in Circuit Courts or Criminal Courts, depending on the judicial district.  Visit our Tennessee Criminal Records page for more information and searchable database access.
  • Vital Records - Birth, death, marriage & divorce certificates are provided by: Tennessee Vital Records, Central Services Building, 1st Floor, 421 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37247, (615) 741-1763, Fax: (615) 741-9860.  Visit our Vital Records page for historical birth indexes; the Social Security Death Index for Tennessee; historical statewide death record databases; death records, cemetery indexes & obituaries from available cities & counties; statewide historical marriages, marriage databases from available cities & counties; and divorce databases from two counties.


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Attorney General Opinions

Search Tennessee Office of the Attorney General opinions by keyword or browse by year.


Search the Tennessee Bar Association directory by last name, city, or firm for admitted attorneys.

Available Industrial Sites

Considering moving your business to Tennesee? Search this Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development database of available industrial sites by ID number, name, region, county, number of acres, and/or rail access.

Bankruptcies, Judgments & Tax Liens  Pay Site

Search Tennessee Statewide for bankruptcies, judgments, and tax liens or search Nationwide for only $5.

Births and Christenings 1828-1939

Search almost 200,000 Tennessee birth and christening records filed between 1828 and 1939.

Campaign Finance

Tennessee Online Campaign Finance databases. Search for financial records filed by candidates, Political Action Committees (PAC), or contributors. Search also by party and office or office sought.

Child Care Providers

Search this Tennessee Department of Human Services site by county or keyword for child care providers.

City Codes

Codified ordinances for Tennessee municipalities. Choose a city or town and then view the code in pdf format.

Community Information

Browse this site by county name for community information or search by zip code or city.

Company Search | Business Name Availability

Search Tennessee Department of State records by business name to find if a business name is available in Tennessee. If the name is available, instructions for name reservations are provided.

Confederate Pension Applications

Browse this Tennessee State Library and Archives Index to Civil War Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications by name or county.

Confederate Physicians

Browse this Tennessee State Library and Archives Index to Civil War Tennessee Confederate Physicians by name.

Confederate Soldier's Home Applications

Browse this Tennessee State Library and Archives Index to Civil War Tennessee Confederate Soldier's Home Applications by name.

Court Records - Appellate

Search the Public Case History database of the Tennessee Appellate Court by Name or Appeals Docket Number.

Court Records | PACER U.S. District  Pay Site

Search regional U.S. District Courts of Tennessee PACER Federal civil, criminal, and bankruptcy court records.

Criminal Histories (info)

Go here for information from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on how to order Tennessee criminal history information.

Death Records 1908-1912

Browse the Tennessee State Library and Archives Death Records index by name for the period 1908 through 1912. Provides name, county, year, and record number.

Death Records 1914-1933

Tennessee State Library and Archives index of death records index for the period 1914 through 1933.

Deaths and Burials 1874-1955

Search over 200,000 Tennessee death and burial records filed between 1874 and 1955.

Election Finance Rules

Download Adobe Acrobat pdf files and browse by Chapter or search for the Rules of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance.

Escaped Inmates

Tennessee Department of Corrections offenders who have escaped from custody.

Eviction Records | Tenant Screening  Pay Site

Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Tennessee for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.

Find People

Easy to use, find people in Tennessee instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.

Health Care Facilities

Search this Tennessee Department of Health database for Tennessee Health Care Facilities by facility type and county.

Health Departments

Tennessee Department of Health local health departments by county.

Inmates 1831 - 1850

Browse the Tennessee State Library and Archives database by name for inmates of the Tennessee State Penitentiary during the period 1831 - 1850.


Search the Tennessee Department of Personnel for State of Tennessee employment by job title, job class code, or selected criteria. Also available are job lists based on education and experience.


Search these Tennessee Legislature databases for House Bills by bill number, or click on the "Legislation" tab and browse bills by index or subject.

Licenses | Professional, Medical, Business

Verify professional and business licenses in the State of Tennessee. Includes attorneys, accountants, dentists, physicians, real estate agents, auto clubs, collection agencies, insurance companies, and more.


Select the year and then Download these Adobe Acrobat (pdf) files to browse by name or search for Tennessee Lobbyists or Lobbyist Clients.

Marriages 1790-1950

Search for Tennessee Marriages recorded between 1790 and 1950.

Marriages 1796-1950

Search over 1.6 million Tennessee marriage records filed between 1796 and 1950.


Browse this privately established database by county for Mediators in Tennessee. Provides name, business name, address, phone, fax, occupation, and areas of service.

Missing Children

Browse this listing of missing children in Tennessee to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.

Missing Children

List by photo of missing children in Tennessee. Provides name, reporting agency, missing date, date of birth, description and case details.

Motor Vehicle Temporary Liens

Search this Tennessee Secretary of State database for active motor vehicle liens filed with the Secretary of State.

Moving Violations  Pay Site

Tennessee Moving Violation records. Users must be qualified under the Access Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act of 2000 (DPPA), and register for the service.

Nonresident Fiduciaries

Search this Nonresident Fiduciary database provided by the Tennessee Secretary of State database by last name, company name, or name of trust/estate/person the fiduciary has been appointed.

Public Libraries

Search this Tennessee Public Library Directory for community libraries by library name, county, city, or region. Alternatively, use their interactive map to search by region.

Real Estate Assessment by County

Tennessee Real Estate Assessment by County (drop down menu choose any county)

Recorded Document Images

Register with CourthouseDirect to use this fee-based service to obtain copies of Tennessee recorded document images. A Search Systems subscription is not required for this service.

Rules & Regulations

Browse this Tennessee Secretary of State Publications Division by chapter for State Rules & Regulations. Information is provided in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.


Search the Tennessee Department of Education School Directory for regional offices, districts, and schools.

Service of Process/Summons

Search this Tennessee Secretary of State database for unarchived process served through the Tennessee Secretary of State.

Spanish American War Volunteers

Browse this Tennessee State Library and Archives Index to Tennesseans who volunteered in the Spanish American War by name.

State Code

Search by keyword or browse the Tennessee State Code, Amendments, and Constitution.

State Phone Directory

Find Tennessee government employees, departments, agencies, and services.

State Services

Search by key word of phrase for Tennessee State Services. Also available are links to browse by service or department.

Surplus Property

Search and bid for surplus property offered for sale by the State of Tennessee.

TennCare Patient Eligibilty  Pay Site

Subscribers to TennesseeAnytime may use this TennCare Patient Eligibilty database to verify if a patient is eligible for the program. Access requires registration and a fee.


Search Tennessee Department of State records by mark name for active or pending Trademarks in Tennessee. Provides image, mark name, registration information, description of services, owner, and owner address.

Voter Registration

Tennessee Department of State voter registration status lookup.

World War I Gold Star Records

Browse this Tennessee State Library and Archives Index to Tennessee World War I Gold Star Records (Tennessee soldiers who died of wounds or disease during World War I) by name.

World War I Veterans

Browse this Tennessee State Library and Archives Index to Tennessee World War I Veterans by name.

Tennessee is located in the southeast United States. The Capital is Nashville and the largest city is Memphis.  The Official Web Site is located at  Tennessee is the 17th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 6,549,352 and the 2010 census population was 6,346,275.  The land area is 41,234.90 square miles and there are 153.9 persons per square mile.

79.1% of the population is White, 17% is Black or African American, 4.9% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.6% is Asian, 0.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.7% are two or more races. 84.4% are a high school graduate or higher, and 23.8% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $139,200. There are on average 2.52 persons per household, the per capita income is $24,409, the median household income is $44,298, and 17.6% of the persons in Tennessee are considered below poverty level.

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