Tennessee Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)

Tennessee Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)
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  • How do you find someone that was booked in jail the same night you were, without remembering their name, in Tennessee?
    Check old publications for the area where the arrest occurred, as a number of news papers/publications will list people that were arrested daily. Look for publications that show arrested individuals, then look up the issue for that date. Libraries have old publications, sometimes on microfilm, for the public to research old events.
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  • How do I get court records in Tennessee, for a certain date?
    You can use the q and a search form above to find an answer to similar questions about obtaining court records. Helps to know which county. Chancery Court, State of Tennessee Twentieth Judicial District is one that offers free online case search to the public openly.
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  • How do I obtain autopsy reports in Tennessee?
    In Tennessee, autopsy reports are considered public records unless sealed by court order. The state's medical examiner's website has a form online, it's very simple and brief. You will need to provide the name of the deceased, date and county of death. There's a portion which asks relationship to the deceased, not sure if it's a requirement, there are q and a's to help with any questions and a phone number. Name of form is: AUTOPSY REPORT REQUEST, which has instructions on the process to obtain the report. You will need to send in your written request to the office of the Medical Examiner, State of Tennessee Department of Health in Johnson city according to the form.
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  • How do you find out in Tennessee, if there is an arrest warrant issued for you?
    Just type in your city and the police department in your city and it will have a place to pop in your name to check
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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.
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  • Where do I find in Tennessee, information on the mother of a newborn on September 22, 2015, and access to the baby's birth certificate?
    According to the Tennessee department of health, newborn's 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 which allows to order 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.
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  • How can I find out in Tennessee, about my fines, charges, and arrest record?
    The police department issues arrest reports unless it's in your case file, which the courts can provide. There are online services offered by individual departments throughout the state.
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  • How do I find out more about my great, great grandfather in Tennessee, if I know his first and last name, birthdate, death date, and who he was married to, along with the names of his children?
    You can start with archives, old obits/articles from libraries and so on. Public records have different standard of access when compared to historical/archived data. Much of the privacy laws no longer apply. If you go the public record path to request vital records, death, marriage, birth..... and it is not of your own, you will run into policies which will keep you from getting it. Historical or archived information's challenge is locating them, so start with the state archives or vital records offices to see how far back they go and when their cutoff is between archived and current public records.
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  • Where do I find in Tennessee, how I get a copy of my divorce?
    You can get certificates online, follow the link that says "Tennessee Birth Records:" (above under ). From there you will see instructions on where and different ways to request them. They are available 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.
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  • How do I find a court date in Tennessee?
    If you know which court/county or district, check their online calendars and clerk's offices. The state of Tennessee also provides an open public search of district court cases through their online database (state courts). You can search by case number, party/case name, business or organization.
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  • Where do I find in Tennessee, how to obtain arrest records?
    Depends on where the arrest occurred, which law enforcement department? Also, there are policies as to 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 where there is a list of people in custody.
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  • Where can I find in Tennessee, bankruptcy records?
    Begin with searching Bankruptcy records and information above under Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings, it's a free and instant query.
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  • Where can I find in Tennessee, information on a bankruptcy?
    You can conduct a search of court cases which includes bankruptcies and other types of cases. If you go to the court records link, you simply click on the menu to it, and enter party names or keyword to look for case information. With any data query, check the coverage of the search.
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  • Where do I find in Tennessee, birth records from 1945?
    County health departments throughout Tennessee provide issue short form birth certificates beginning 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 in person to one of its locations/offices, it is possible to get them that same day. For earlier records The Tennessee State Library and Archives covers deaths from 1908-1912 and 1914-1964. This department is under the Tennessee Secretary of state.
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  • Where can I find in Tennessee, recently filed bankruptcy records?
    If the filing was in Tennessee, there are three districts, Eastern, Middle and Western, each with their own site and services. You can go directly to their individual webpages and check the courts' calendars. You can look for bankruptcy information by using the query above under the Tennessee Free Court Records Search part on this page. The more information you have before and during the search the better, the information is freely open to anyone, so it is a time investment. If you'd like to see examples of what results show, simply click on one of the recent bankruptcy filings you see underneath. These searches are not heavily advertised, so you may need to look extensively to find them.
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  • 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.
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  • Where can I find access in Tennessee, to criminal records?
    You can gather your own criminal records. Or you can have a company do it for you. If you choose to search on your own, you can see local arrests from various law enforcement agency websites throughout Tennessee. There are many forms of criminal records, the felony offender information is a good example. It's a free search from the state's department. It includes offenders which are, as well as offenders that were previously in custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction. You will be able to see information about parolees, persons on probation and inmates.
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  • 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, mostly depends on the location of the arrest and if the 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.
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  • How can I find in Tennessee, the address where a person was arrested?
    Crime maps show the crime block by block in some Tennessee neighborhoods. It is a free online search and most of it is around Nashville, Murfreesboro, Columbia and few other local areas.
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  • 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.
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  • Where can I find in Tennessee, an offender's arrest record and sentence information?
    The department of corrections in Tennessee has an online offender search open to the public. With a search of tn doc you will see amongst the first results 'Tennessee felony offender search'. Then, you can navigate to the search page where you can search by name or ID number. The information that will come up is a brief description of the offender, id number, supervision status, sentence beginning and end period. You can also see parole information such as the eligibility, hearing dates and result. There will be an option to see more information by ordering a background check once a list of names is produced.
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  • Where can I find in Tennessee, if my previous arrest, case number 12803 was a felony or a misdemeanor?
    Do you know or remember the department which made the arrest? How current was the arrest? Was there a conviction are a result? An arrest report can be requested from the law enforcement department which made the arrest. There are policies in place with restrictions, however, the person which is in the report should not be kept from the arrest report. If there's a conviction, court files can end up having more information and the outcome. Another option is the Tennessee Open Records Information Services, this is a statewide criminal history check that can be requested online. All the records in this search result from arrests occurring within the state.
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