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
455 Filed
91 Completed
104 Rejected
55 No Responsive Documents
32 Awaiting Acknowledgement
38 Awaiting Response
49 Requiring Action
61 Overdue
Allowed Response Time
7 days
Average Response Time
48 days
Success Rate
Average Fee
3.08% of requests have a fee

Top Agencies See All

Agency Requests Pages Released
Memphis Police Department 43 101
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department 35 221
Department of Corrections 32 717
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security 20 624
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation 16 49
Knoxville Police Department 15 21
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 13 134
Office of the Attorney General - Tennessee 12 189
Murfreesboro Police Department 10 32
Office of the Governor 10 208

Top Localities See All

Jurisdiction Requests Pages Released
Nashville, TN 77 733
Memphis, TN 73 485
Knoxville, TN 18 22
Chattanooga, TN 13 10
Nashville-Davidson County, TN 11 11
Murfreesboro, TN 10 32
Hamilton County, TN 9 128
Dickson County, TN 7 2
Shelby County, TN 6 311
Sumner County, TN 4 4