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
216 Filed
54 Completed
46 Rejected
34 No Responsive Documents
29 Awaiting Acknowledgement
12 Awaiting Response
23 Requiring Action
37 Overdue
Allowed Response Time
7 days
Average Response Time
42 days
Success Rate
Average Fee
3.24% of requests have a fee

Top Agencies See All

Agency Requests Pages Released
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security 110 558
Department of Corrections 80 684
Shelby County Health Department 37 308
Knoxville Police Department 26 9
Memphis International Airport Police Department 22 9
Memphis Police Department 21 2
Nashville Metro Water Services 19 1
Department of General Services 17 40
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department 16 79
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation 13 7

Top Localities See All

Jurisdiction Requests Pages Released
Nashville, TN 62 93
Memphis, TN 60 203
Shelby County, TN 41 308
Knoxville, TN 28 9
Hamilton County, TN 12 27
Nashville-Davidson County, TN 12 5
Dickson County, TN 11 0
Brentwood, TN 11 0
Chattanooga, TN 10 2
Hartsville-Trousdale County, TN 5 19