Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Court Records

State office

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

TN Open Records Information Svcs

901 R S Gass Blvd Nashville, TN 37216
24 hours daily

Records Available:

Tennessee criminal records released include all felony and misdemeanor arrests supported by fingerprints. Even arrests where charges were dismissed will appear on the criminal record unless charges were expunged from the record. Individuals may request personal criminal records, as well as third party records.

Tennessee  Court Record Availability

Per statute, fingerprint-based background checks are to be conducted for paid or volunteer employment or licensing such as such as child care, teachers, security and armed guards, security system contractors, etc.

Access to Tennessee Court Records

Retrieving Records

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s (TBI) Information Systems Division maintains and disseminates criminal records. The TBI provides two types of criminal background checks: fingerprint-based checks for employers and name-based criminal checks for the general public. Fingerprint-based checks are run through the Tennessee Applicant Processing Services system. Name-based checks can be completed online or in writing through the Tennessee Open Records Information Services (TORIS) system. Access to the online TORIS system is available on the TBI website.


The fee to process an online or written name-based criminal background check is $29 payable by money order, cashier’s check, or credit card. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation can provide fee information for fingerprint-based checks.

Years Available

The Identification Services Section of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation provides access to criminal records based on fingerprint data in its central repository.