Tennessee, USA

Tennessee Public Records Guide

Tennessee is one of a number of states that currently restricts some or all public records requests to its own citizens (A full list of states with such restrictions). MuckRock may use volunteer proxy filers to file requests in this state.

In this instance, the regulation granting the right to citizen requesters is the Tennessee Open Records Act:

The records custodian may also require any citizen making a request to view a public record or to make a copy of a public record to present a photo identification, if the person possesses a photo identification, issued by a governmental entity, that includes the person's address. If a person does not possess a photo identification, the records custodian may require other forms of identification acceptable to the records custodian.

In addition to MuckRock, the following resources and organizations might prove useful to requesters seeking information from Tennessee:

  • The RCFP Tennessee Open Government Guide provides a quality overview of Tennessee's open records and open meeting laws, including citations to relevant case laws and guides to common questions and situations.

Have other resources we should highlight? Get in touch at info@muckrock.com or on Twitter at @MuckRockNews.

The following users have generously volunteered as MuckRock's proxy filers in this state:
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Request Record
330 Filed
71 Completed
72 Rejected
39 No Responsive Documents
38 Awaiting Acknowledgement
14 Awaiting Response
56 Requiring Action
45 Overdue
Allowed Response Time
7 days
Average Response Time
49 days
Success Rate
Average Fee
3.03% of requests have a fee

Top Agencies See All

Agency Requests Pages Released
Memphis Police Department 1,189 56
Vanderbilt University 269 0
Town of Mason (TN) 217 0
Department of Corrections 183 715
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security 179 572
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department 162 163
Office of the Mayor of Nashville (TN) 156 0
Murfreesboro Police Department 118 25
Comptroller 115 0
City of Clifton (TN) 107 7

Top Localities See All

Jurisdiction Requests Pages Released
Memphis, TN 1,461 260
Nashville, TN 714 196
Mason, TN 217 0
Shelby County, TN 136 308
Murfreesboro, TN 118 25
Chattanooga, TN 111 6
Clifton, TN 107 7
Knoxville, TN 60 13
Hamilton County, TN 46 119
Tipton County, TN 45 2