Tennessee, USA

Tennessee Public Records Guide

Tennessee Public Records Act (TPRA)

Tenn. Code Ann. ยง 10-7-501 et seq.

Enacted in 1957

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
391 Filed
81 Completed
90 Rejected
45 No Responsive Documents
26 Awaiting Acknowledgement
35 Awaiting Response
35 Requiring Action
55 Overdue
Allowed Response Time
7 days
Average Response Time
53 days
Success Rate
Average Fee
3.07% of requests have a fee

Top Agencies See All

Agency Requests Pages Released
Memphis Police Department 37 81
Department of Corrections 28 716
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department 26 170
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security 19 574
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation 15 49
Knoxville Police Department 15 21
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 11 77
Murfreesboro Police Department 10 32
Office of the Attorney General - Tennessee 10 183
Office of the Governor 8 206

Top Localities See All

Jurisdiction Requests Pages Released
Memphis, TN 60 285
Nashville, TN 58 211
Knoxville, TN 17 21
Chattanooga, TN 12 6
Murfreesboro, TN 10 32
Nashville-Davidson County, TN 9 8
Hamilton County, TN 9 128
Dickson County, TN 7 2
Shelby County, TN 5 309
Sumner County, TN 4 4