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Arrest Record Keeping

In Tennessee, criminal arrest history background checks are a service under the responsibility of the Information Systems Division at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) which also functions as the state’s central repository for such information. Tennessee Arrest Records are maintained in its database. There are 2 types of background checks provided by the TBI: TORIS (Tennessee Open Records Information Services) and TAPS (Tennessee Applicant Processing Services). TORIS is a name-based check service while TAPS supports fingerprint-based checks. The TBI also manages three other vital divisions; Drug Investigation Division, Criminal Investigation Division and Forensic Services Division.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation contact info.

901 R. S. Gass Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37216
Telephone: (615) 744-4000


How to Access Information

TORIS name-based searches are available to the general public for $29 per name. Finger-print background checks are only required in specific cases such as employment, volunteer work or by the court system. An official request form must be filled out and mailed, faxed or sent electronically to the TBI. Applicants should make sure that the appropriate criminal background check between the two is selected as no refunds can be made.

Tennessee Arrest Records by the TBI are based only on those records resulting from arrests made within the state of Tennessee. This falls short of folks who may need to look beyond the state of Tennessee. That’s where private records providers can come in handy.

It is important to know that Tennessee is a “closed record” state, meaning that a lot of information on criminal background is not available to the general public. The Freedom of Information Act covers certain types of information, but it is difficult to obtain complete records from the state of Tennessee.

In addition to keeping most records closed, TN does not certify copies of criminal histories. This protects individuals from having their records searched without their permission. If you are applying for a job in another state and the employer requires a TN criminal background check, the employer must contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation before a check can be performed.

Other information besides TN arrest records is available as well. Misdemeanor criminal offenses, civil offenses, lawsuits, and fraud charges are all public information with certain restrictions. A criminal background check in Tennessee should include this information as well.

Tennessee provides a Meth Offender Registry Database, which is important to search if you are thinking of renting property to an unknown person. You may search by the person’s last name, or if you know that he or she was convicted of a meth offense in Tennessee, you may search by the county of offense. Offenders convicted after March 30, 2005 are required by TN law to register with the database. More information can be obtained by visiting http://

Visit for more information on the processes and fees and for access to the official forms.


Information You'll Find in TN Arrest Records

Records on Tennessee arrests can contain any or all of the following information, depending on individual history:

• Legal names and known aliases
• Known addresses, including work addresses
• Height, weight, hair and eye color
• Distinguishing marks, including tattoos and scars, if known
• Sex offender information (if the person is a registered sex offender)
• Texas criminal convictions
• Texas criminal driving violations
• Federal criminal records
• Misdemeanor and felony information
• Arrests, including mug shots if they are available
• Probation information
• Amount paid in fines

A Tennessee criminal search may include the exact case number, the charges brought and the offenses committed, disposition details, sentencing and time served. Since Tennessee is a closed records state, some of this information may be missing or incomplete. It may be worth your time to visit the county courthouse if you find suspicious information and conduct a search yourself.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation only maintains information on people who have been arrested in Tennessee or who have committed crimes in Tennessee. Name-based criminal history checks are performed for the general public. You may call (304) 625-5590 to obtain a criminal background check that covers more than the state of Tennessee. An FBI request costs $18 and must be submitted with a written request for information from the FBI.


Online Resources

The TBI also maintains the Tennessee Criminal Justice Directory where you can search for law enforcement and judicial representatives throughout the state. This search function is useful if you would like to obtain biographical information on law enforcement agents or those who are employed by the parole and probation divisions of the state. It is available by clicking http://

To access the Tennessee sex offender registry, the AMBER alert system, and to conduct background checks on Tennessee residents, visit Criminal%20Investigation%20Division.htm. Here you will also find information on Tennessee’s most wanted criminals and missing children who are listed in the database.

Historical records for Tennessee inmates are archived and may be requested by mail. Visit http:// for the most current mailing address and fax number. There is a charge of 15 cents per page for photocopies, and you should not send payment with your request.

Sentencing information is also available for current and historic prisoners in Tennessee. You might want to obtain this information if you would like to know when the prisoner will be/has been released or the number of good time credits an inmate has earned. Written requests should be submitted to the Tennessee Department of Correction Sentence Information Services.s

Felony offenders who are in the custody of Tennessee state police or who are out on parole or probation are also stored in a database which can be searched free of charge. To search for a Tennessee inmate, visit foil_index.jsp;jsessionid=K68D7IBjU7gfE7u2ss. This search function will not supply a complete criminal background check, but current and former TN inmates can be searched for basic information such as height, weight, age, gender, charges, and mug shots.

If you discover during your TN arrest search that charges were brought against someone and a trial was held, you may search for docket information from Court records and court information is available through this website, and it includes the latest news from Tennessee corrections and district courts.


Tennessee Arrest Records Search

Do you know your neighbors? Your coworkers? Your friends? It is not uncommon to live and work among strangers in today's world; but you don't have to. Why? Thanks to the Federal Information Act, all U.S. citizens have access to public criminal records. Below, we discuss just what the purpose of a criminal records search, why you need one, and the

Criminal records are record accounts of all activities to be processed through the criminal justice and law enforcement bureaus; so, a criminal records search is for these public records. Criminal background records are categorized by type and jurisdiction, and held at various jurisdictions to which they pertain, as subject to nature of crime, locale, and other relating factors. Directly related to this is the criminal records search.

A criminal records search for criminal background information can be done on any individual. Perhaps, you are concerned about a new neighbor, a teacher at your child's school, a friend, or a colleague. Whoever it is-you want to find out if they have been involved in a criminal activity, to protect yourself and your family from potential future harm. Consider that many sex offenders live unnoticed in family neighborhoods, while many will reoffend at some point after they have served time or penalty for their crime. They could live amongst you, and you don't even know it. Why don't you know? Many people don't realize two things: first, that it is their right to search for this public criminal record information; and second, that it is easy, convenient, and confidential to do.


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