Tennessee Public Records

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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

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

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

Index of almost 200,000 birth and christening records filed in Tennessee 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

Tennessee Department of Human Services child care providers by county.

City Codes

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

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.

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  Pay Site

Tennessee criminal histories from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Deaths and Burials 1874-1955

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

Genealogy & History

Tennessee State Library and Archives online genealogy and history records.

Health Care Facilities

Tennessee Department of Health database for Tennessee Health Care Facilities searchable by name, facility type, or county.

Health Departments

Tennessee Department of Health local health departments by county.

Inmates | 1831-1850

Tennessee State Library Archives index of State Penitentiary inmates between 1831 and 1850.

Inmates | Death Row

Tennessee Department of Correction list of death row offenders.

Inmates | Escapees

Tennessee Department of Corrections offenders who have escaped from custody.


Tennessee Department of Personnel for State of Tennessee employment opportunities by job title, job class code, or selected criteria.


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

Marriages recorded in Tennessee between 1790 and 1950.

Marriages 1796-1950

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

Missing Children

Missing Tennessee children search from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Missing Children

List of missing children in Tennessee. Provides name, photo, 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)

Restaurant Inspections

Food establishment inspection report search from the Tennessee Department of Health.

Rules & Regulations

Tennessee Secretary of State index of effective State Rules & Regulations.

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 Phone Directory

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

State Services

Tennessee State Services. Also available are links to browse by service or department.

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.

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 http://www.tn.gov/.  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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