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About Tennessee Open Public Records
Tennessee Public Records Act was adopted in 1957. The law allows for all state, county and city records to be open to the public for inspection. The law also includes records which are considered confidential and thus exempted from public access. Confidential records would include military records affecting national security, student files, medical records or certain criminal investigations. Office of Open Records Counsel is located within the Comptroller of the Treasury and assists the public with access to public records. Tennessee is the 16th state admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. There are 95 counties in Tennessee and 347 incorporated municipalities. Rock and roll began in Memphis and known as the birth place of the blues. The Comptroller of the Treasury offers real estate assessment data to find the value of property in Tennessee. Research the many public records available online for Tennessee. Follow the ongoing news stories and crime reports. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation can help you obtain criminal records and background checks. Find an abundance of data on the demographics of the state, the education and background history of the people. Discover how the Office of Vital Records can help you obtain copies of birth, death, marriage or divorce certificates. Uncover information on the different types of businesses and firms in Tennessee as well as facts and figures on income and earnings. You can garner an understanding of how the county governments are run as well as learning about the community resources and attractions the cities of Tennessee have to offer. Find information the the state courts, court cases and judiciary self help. This site is updated regularly so be sure to refer to it often.
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  • How do I file for divorce, with the proper forms in Tennessee, without a lawyer?
    Divorces are generally filed at the county level court. Shelby county courts have a page with multiple links regarding divorces that include forms and instructions. The state's court website provides approved divorce forms for Tennessee counties.
  • How do I get a copy of my divorce record in Tennessee?
    You can get certificates online by following the link "Tennessee Birth Records:" (below). You will see instructions on where and different ways to request them from there. They are available the same day if you can go into their office: Tennessee Vital Records 1st Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower 710 James Robertson Parkway in Nashville. Tennessee has county court searches freely online anyone can use. Check the county's case files, either online or in person, since, most likely, it isn't too far unless you've moved away.
  • Where do I find in Tennessee how to obtain arrest records?
    It depends on where the arrest occurred; which law enforcement department? Also, there are policies for requesting the arrest report, so it also depends on whether the person requesting the report is related to the case. You can look up recent arrests from local county jail webpages with a list of people in custody.
  • Where do I find information on the mother of a newborn on September 22, 2015, and access to the baby's birth certificate in Tennessee?
    According to the Tennessee department of health, newborn birth certificates are available for issue about 45 days after their office receives the original from the place of birth/hospital. The department of health's site offers an online public service that allows ordering birth and other official certificates. You can also go in person and get it the same day from the Tennessee Office of Vital Records in Nashville. The requests aren't freely open; there are restrictions and policies to check first.
  • Where can I find in Tennessee, information on bankruptcy?
    You can search court cases, including bankruptcies and other types of cases. If you go to the court records link, you click on the menu and enter party names or keywords to look for case information. With any data query, check the coverage of the search.
  • Where do I find in Tennessee, birth records from 1945?
    County health departments throughout Tennessee provide issue short-form birth certificates beginning in 1949. To view a list of these departments, go to the state's department of health website from tn.gov and look under vital records. You will see four options to request birth certificates. If you go to one of its locations/offices in person, it is possible to get them that same day. For earlier records, The Tennessee State Library and Archives cover deaths from 1908-1912 and 1914-1964. This department is under the Tennessee Secretary of state.
  • Where do I find, in Tennessee, access to DUI records?
    Was there a conviction? Arrest records have some restrictions on how to get them directly from the police. But you can view a list of arrests from individual police sites, mainly depending on the arrest location and if they show people they have in custody online. If it is far back in time, you can find out which publications/periodicals show arrests and go from there. Libraries carry old articles.
  • Where can I find access in Tennessee to criminal records?
    You can gather your criminal records. Or you can have a company do it for you. If you search on your own, you can see local arrests from various law enforcement agency websites throughout Tennessee. There are many forms of criminal records; felony offender information is a good example. It's a free search from the state's department. It includes offenders who are, as well as offenders that were previously in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction. You can see information about parolees, persons on probation, and inmates.
  • Where can I find in Tennessee, a marriage record and a copy of a marriage certificate?
    There are a few things to consider when looking for a marriage record. Where the marriage occurred, as in which county. The department of health Tennessee Vital Records webpage explains what they require to issue a certificate and the methods to make requests.
  • Where can I find in Tennessee, if I have a warrant out for my arrest?
    Depends on which area. warrants are generally issued by courts, many at the county court level. However, sheriffs departments, Montgomery is an example, will provide an open public warrant search.
Tennessee Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Tennessee Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    40,647
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    498
  • Rape:
    2,813
  • Robbery:
    6,150
  • Aggravated Assault:
    31,186
  • Total Property Crime:
    181,153
  • Burglary:
    29,869
  • Larceny Theft:
    132,104
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    19,180
Tennessee Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    6,346,105
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    5,689,276
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    12%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    656,822
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    5,689,283
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    425,565
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    1,493,252
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    13%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    840,953
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    4,921,948
  • State's black resident population
    1,057,315
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    19,994
  • State's Asian resident population
    91,242
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    3,642
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    110,009
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    290,059
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    4,800,782
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    78%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    17%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    5%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    76%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Tennessee
  • Births
    86,711
  • Deaths
    57,087
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    721
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    83%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Tennessee Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    4%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    6%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    82%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    22%
  • Total number of Veterans
    508,005
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Tennessee
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    24 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    2,780,857
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    341,412
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    14%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    70%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $128,500
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    18%
  • Total number of households
    2,412,567
  • Average size of households
    2
  • Tennessee Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $23,557
  • Statewide income of median households in Tennessee
    $41,715
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    17%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $205,350
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $33,395
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    3,020,016
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    317,026
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    11%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    3,746,010
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    249,564
  • People employed by the government
    448,751
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    161,072,503
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    42,998
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    136,585
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