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Tennessee Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Tennessee, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require employers to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers (or visit websites) listed below to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public record information may be accessible online, by phone, mail, or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain the exact address and ordering information.

TENNESSEE STATE WEB SITE:
http://www.tennessee.gov/

Attorney General
http://www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/

Archives
http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/

Legislation Records
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/

Criminal Records
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
901 R. S. Gass Blvd
Nashville, TN 37216
http://www.tbi.state.tn.us/tbibackgrounds/background_checks_main.htm

Vehicle Ownership Information
Department of Safety
1150 Foster Ave.
Nashville, TN 37249
(615)741-3954
http://www.tennessee.gov/safety/

Vital Statistics (marriage/divorce/birth/death)
Tennessee Department of Health
Vital Records
425 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-1763
http://health.state.tn.us/statistics/index.htm

Workers Compensation
TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Workers' Compensation Division
220 French Landing Drive
Nashville, TN 37243-0661
(615) 532-4812
http://tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/wcfaq.html

Business/Corporate Records
UCC/Tax Liens
Secretary of State
312 8th Ave North, 6th Fl
Nashville, TN 37243
http://www.tennessee.gov/sos/bus_svc/index.htm

Civil Records
Courts, Administrative Office of the
511 Union St.
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 741-2687
http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/index.htm

CIVIL AND CRIMINAL INFORMATION BY COUNTY:

Anderson
100 North Main Street
Clinton, TN 37716
(865) 457-6200

Bedford
Bedford County Courthouse
One Public Square
Shelbyville, TN 37160
(931) 684-7944

Cannon
1 Courthouse
Woodbury, TN 37190
(615) 563-2320

Dyer
P.O. Box 1360
Dyersburg, TN 38025
(731) 286-7800

Franklin
1 South Jefferson Street
Winchester, TN 37398
(931) 967-2905

Gibson
One Court Square
Trenton, TN 38382
(731) 855-7611

Hardin
465 Main Street, Courthouse
Savannah, TN 38372
(731) 925-9078

Johnson
222 West Main St.
Mountain City, TN 37683
(423) 727-9696

Knox
400 Main Street
615 City County Building
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 215-2005

Lewis
110 N. Park Ave.
Hohenwald, TN 38462
(931) 796-3378

Maury
41 Public Square, Courthouse
Mt. Pleasant, TN 38474
(931) 375-1000

Obion
P.O. Box 187
Union City, TN 38261
(731) 885-9611

Polk
P.O. Box 128
Benton, TN 37307
(423) 338-4527

Rhea
375 Church Street Suite 215
Dayton, TN 37321
(423) 775-7801

Sevier
125 Court Ave Suite 201E
Sevierville, TN 37862
(865) 453-6136

Tipton
PO Box 686
Covington, TN 38019
(901) 476-0200

Unicoi
P.O. Box 169
Unicoi, TN 37692
(423) 743-9391

Van Buren
PO Box 217
Spencer, TN 38585
(931) 946-2314

Wilson
County Courthouse
228 E Main Street
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 444-1383