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Tennessee Birth Certificates From Tennessee Vital Records

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Tennessee Birth Certificate Types

  • Certified Birth Certificate – Certified copies of birth certificates that may be used for practically all legal purposes, including proof of citizenship, school enrollment, personal identification, passports, social security, and employment. This certificate includes a raised state seal which denotes certification. Birth records are available for births that occurred in the past 100 years.
  • Birth Verification – A birth verification can be used only for informational purposes. It is not a certified document, meaning it cannot serve identification and legal purposes. This document is a handwritten transcript of the information from the original birth certificate.
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Certified Birth Certificate

Apply to receive this document from the Tennessee Vital Records.
Apply to receive this document from the Tennessee Vital Records.

Birth Verification

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Who can order?

Tennessee is a closed record state, meaning birth certificates are not part of public records. This means only the following individuals may secure a certified copy of a birth certificate after filling out the forms, paying the appropriate fees, and providing the necessary legal documents and identification:

The person named on the record (registrant)

The registrant’s immediate family (parent, spouse, grandparent or adult child/grandchild)

The registrant’s legal guardian

Authorized representatives of the individuals above (with a signed statement from the person you’re representing explicitly naming you and photocopy of government-issued identification of the individual)

Tennessee Vital Records Agency Information

Tennessee Vital Records

The Tennessee Vital Records keeps records and issues certificates of vital events, such as birth, death, and marriage. Birth records are available for births that occurred since July 1, 1905.

Notice: It is in Instant Vital Records’ best interest to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information on this site, but state agency information and policies may change without notice. Instant Vital Records makes no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, reliability, or usefulness of any information, nor do we assume the liability of such information. 

Tennessee Birth Certificates

The Tennessee Vital Records issues certified copies of birth certificates, typically acceptable for most legal purposes, including proof of citizenship, school enrollment, personal identification, passports, social security, and employment.

Visit the Tennessee Vital Records’ official page for more information.

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