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Tennessee Background Checks

Tennessee background check, including criminal records, incarceration records, and inmate records

State Office

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
901 R.S. Gass Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37216
(615) 744-4000

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is in charge of maintaining and compiling the state’s criminal records. Anyone arrested and fingerprinted in the state of Tennessee will be reported for inclusion in TBI’s criminal records database. Tennessee background checks can be conducted by anyone, as Tennessee is an open records state. Information included in a Tennessee criminal background check will outline arrests for misdemeanors and felonies. All arrest records maintained by TBI are fingerprint-based, meaning that regardless of aliases or false information given, all crimes associated with a single set of fingerprints will be listed together.

Public requests for Tennessee background checks, however, are name-based. This means that any aliases not entered on the request form won’t show up in the search. This could also generate false positives if it’s a common name. Certain authorized employers require a fingerprint based search, but this is not available to the general public. A Tennessee background check should, therefore, include as many identifiers as possible, including date of birth, social security number, race, gender and current address.

Steps for Retriving a Tennessee Background Check

Step 1

Download the Criminal History Background Check Application and fill it out.

Step 2

Mail or fax the completed form, along with the required fee, to the address listed. A faxed request must include credit card information as the payment method. Mailed requests may include a money order or cashier’s check.

Step 3

Results will be faxed back, mailed or emailed. Indicate your preference on the application form.

Step 4

Or, make your request online through the TORIS (Tennessee Open Records Information Services) web portal.

Step 5

Either set up an account or choose to pay once by credit card. Fill in the appropriate information and print the results of the Tennessee criminal background check from your computer.

Tennessee Background Check Special Notes

Background checks in Tennessee can be easily conducted online through TORIS. This method allows individuals the flexibility to conduct searches from the comfort of a home computer and delivers instant results. To obtain background checks in Tennessee online, simple click on the TORIS link at the TBI website and click on “continue” where it designates credit card customers. Although businesses are able to set up accounts, it’s usually not necessary for individuals. Once you fill in your payment information, enter in as much information on the subject as possible. Race, gender, date of birth and full name are required, while social security number and current address are optional, but recommended to narrow down the search.

Record request form

Individuals who wish to obtain a Tennessee background check should fill out the following form: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Background Check Application.