Tennessee Birth Records Search

The Tennessee Department of Health collects, maintains and issues TN birth records for the state.

Tennessee birth records are confidential so only the following people may access a copy of your including you, if you are a legal adult, your parents., your spouse, grandchild, grandparents and a legal representative.

You will need to prove your identity when requesting a birth certificate from the state. The acceptable forms of photo ID are driver’s license with expiration date, passport, military ID, permanent or temporary resident card, employment authorization card, and a citizenship ID.

Along with a valid, photo ID; you will need the following information:

  • Full name on the birth certificate.
  • The current name now if changed.
  • Date of birth.
  • Place of birth (city, state, county).
  • Hospital.
  • Father’s full name.
  • Mother’s full name including maiden name.
  • Bother or sister’s name.
  • Relationship to the person.
  • The purpose of the copy.
  • Phone number.
  • Signature.

If you do not have one of the above, you can supply two of the following forms of ID: social security card, vehicle registration, current pay stub, utility bill with address, bank statement, medical record, healthcare card, voter registration card, military discharge papers.

Types of TN Birth Records

Although Tennessee offers only certified copies of birth certificates, you can also have one amended or add the father later.

A certified copy allows you to verify your identity and is a legal document safe to use when applying for a government permit, driver’s license, passport or joining the military or school.

To learn more about the other services contact them at vrcustomerservice@tdhs.zendesk.com.

State Population

The state’s current population is estimated at 6.8 million people. With an annual growth rate of 0.86% and is ranked 23rd in the country regarding population growth.

It takes up only 42,143 square miles, but for every square mile, only 153.9 people live there.

Memphis is the largest city and most well known for having been home to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.

Tennessee became a State in June of 1796.

State Population
1 birth every 391 seconds

1 death every 587 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Tennessee. The total population of Tennessee is estimated at 6,649,404 people with 3,242,988 male and 3,406,416 female. There are 163,428 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.23% of the total population.

The Tennessee Gender Ratio is 95 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.95. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Tennessee Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 12.07 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 80,807 total births — the lowest in Tennessee history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 80,807, 2.05% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Tennessee

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Tennessee Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Tennessee
Ohio - 11.34Kansas - 13.05
West Virginia - 11.03Mississippi - 12.59
Arizona - 11.68Utah - 16.47
Montana - 11.45North Dakota - 15.04
Michigan - 11.30Oklahoma - 13.53

Top 5 Counties in Tennessee with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Tennessee with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Tennessee with the highest birth rate
Sullivan County - 9.52Montgomery County - 17.59
Blount County - 9.55Davidson County - 14.64
Washington County - 10.14Shelby County - 14.16
Williamson County - 10.36Rutherford County - 13.40
Sumner County - 11.40Hamilton County - 12.00

Fertility Rate in TN

In Tennessee the fertility rate based on historical data went from 60.93 to 60.05 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 62.02 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.11 to 28.08.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Tennessee are Montgomery County - 76.4, Shelby County - 67.26 and Davidson County - 61.83. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Wilson County61.11
Hamilton County60.77
Sumner County60.33
Rutherford County58.68
Sullivan County56.02
Williamson County55.75
Knox County55.4
Blount County54.29
Washington County50.26

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Tennessee Birth Certificate

The State offers three ways to request a Tennessee birth records search and certificate, by mail, the Internet and in person.

You can get your copy in person by visiting the following address Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tennessee Vital Records, 1st Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower 710 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243. When visiting you can pay with cash, credit card, check or money order.

You must pay the non-refundable $15 fee per Tennessee birth record and certificate.

If you order your copy by mail, you must have your application notarized. Mail your application, fee and photo ID to: Tennessee Vital Records, 1st Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower, 710 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243

You may also perform Tennessee birth records search online through the VitalChek system for a quick turnaround, but you may pay extra fees for expedited service.

Tennessee Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: Long form: $15.00
Short form: $8.00
Organization: Tennessee Vital Records
Address:1st Floor, Central Services Building; 421 5th Avenue, North, Nashville, TN 37243
Remarks: State office has birth records for entire State since January 1914, for Nashville since June 1881, for Knoxville since July 1881, and for Chattanooga since January 1882. Birth enumeration records by school district are available for July 1908 through June 1912. Birth records more than 100 years old are maintained by Tennessee Library and Archives, Archive Division, Nashville, TN 37243-0312. Additional copies of the same record, requested at the same time, are $5.00 each. If the birth has been amended by adding the father with a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAOP), a certified copy of the VAOP may be ordered if a $15 long form birth certificate is ordered at the same time. The cost of the certified VAOP is an additional $5.00. Personal check or money order should be made payable to Tennessee Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (615) 741-1763. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at the Tennessee Department of Health website. A photocopy of a valid government issued form of identification which includes the requestor’s signature, usually a driver’s license, must accompany the request..