Tennessee Public Records
The Tennessee Open Records Act, found in Title 10, Chapter 7, Part 5 of the Annotated Code, mandates that all government records are “public records” and therefore shall be open for inspection by citizens.
Some exceptions noted in the Act include law enforcement emergency contingency plans, investigative records, medical records, Department of Agriculture records, student information, attorney general work product, appraisal information, animal health certificates & tracking programs, trade secrets, and personal private information.
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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|Abuse Registry |
Tennessee Department of Health registry of persons who have abused or neglected individuals or who have misappropriated personal property.
|Child Support Payments |
Search the Tennessee Department of Human Services for Child Support payment summaries by valid TCSES identification number or member identification number and social security number.
|Company Search |
Tennessee Secretary of Records business registration database of corporations, assumed business names, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and reserved names.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search Systems Premium Tennessee statewide combined criminal record database. Includes: felony Circuit and Criminal Court convictions from all 95 counties; Department of Corrections inmate records going back to 1968; the Tennessee sex offender registry; and the Bureau of Investigation methamphetamine offender registry.
|Driver Licenses Pay Site|
Authorized tn.gov subscribers may verify Tennessee Driver License information here. Access is governed by the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act of 2000.
|Inmates & Offenders |
Tennessee felony offenders who are or have been under the supervision of the Tennessee Department of Corrections or the Board of Probation and Parole.
|Meth Offenders |
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation methamphetamine offender registry. Search by name or county.
|Parole and Probation |
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, "This registry shall consist of at least the name and conviction offense of those persons who have been placed on probation or parole in another state but who are residing in Tennessee."
Search this statewide Tennessee property database by county, owner name, address, parcel id, subdivision name, classification, and/or sale date to view information including owner, account number, address, assessed value, legal and physical descriptions.
|Sex Offenders |
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation sex offender registry.
|Tennessee State Home Page |
The Official Tennessee state page with information for residents, visitors, businesses, and access to State Government services, departments, and agencies.
|Unclaimed Property |
Tennessee Department of Treasury unclaimed property records by name or property ID.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Search the Tennessee Department of State UCC database by debtor name or UCC1 file number. Results include the file number, file date, lapse or termination date, assignments, continuations, names and addresses of the debtor(s) and secured party(s).
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.
|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 tennessee.gov 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.
|Court Records - Appellate |
Search the Public Case History database of the Tennessee Appellate Court by Name or Appeals Docket Number.
|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.
|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.
|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 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.
|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.
|State Code |
Search by keyword or browse the Tennessee State Code, Amendments, and Constitution.
|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.
|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.