Tennessee Birth Records Search

The Tennessee Department of Health collects, maintains and issues 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, granchild, grandparents and a legal representative.

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

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

  • Full name on the birth certificate.
  • 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 Tennessee 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.

Tennessee Population

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

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

Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee 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
Hawaii - 12.01Arkansas - 13.07
Illinois - 11.83District Of Columbia - 14.47
West Virginia - 11.03North Dakota - 15.04
New Mexico - 11.82South Dakota - 14.32
Michigan - 11.30Alaska - 15.12

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
Blount County - 9.55Montgomery County - 17.59
Washington County - 10.14Davidson County - 14.64
Williamson County - 10.36Shelby County - 14.16
Sumner County - 11.40Rutherford County - 13.40
Wilson County - 11.50Hamilton County - 12.00

Tennessee Fertility Rate

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 - 76.4, Shelby - 67.26 and Davidson - 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
Knox County55.4
Blount County54.29
Washington County50.26

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Tennessee Birth Certificate

Tennessee offers three ways to request a Tennessee birth record 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 search 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 order 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: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Tennessee Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.