There are a variety of agencies in Tennessee that are responsible for maintaining and providing access to public records. If you know the type of information you are looking for it will help you identify where to go to get the data you’re interested in. For example, vital information and statistics are managed by one agency while property assessments are maintained by another. Some documents can be ordered online while others will require a visit to an official state office in person.
Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records
The Tennessee Department of Health (DOH) is tasked with managing vital records in the state. You can order birth, adoption, death, marriage or divorce records through the Tennessee DOH. You can order in person or by mail through the following office:
Tennessee Vital Records
1st Floor, Central Services Building
421 Fifth Avenue, North
Nashville, TN 37243
Property Taxes and Land Records
The State of Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury is responsible for property records and taxes. You can find out detailed public information like assessments, parcel maps and sales history by using the address and county that the property or house is located in. The website also provides links to county assessors for various counties in the state.