Public Tennessee Arrest Records

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Conducting a background check is very important especially with the presence of many criminals on the streets. A useful way to do a background check in Tennessee is by getting your hands on public records, especially criminal records including arrest records. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) keeps Tennessee Arrest records. The bureau takes care of the issuance of the files and also preserves them at their repository which is the official repository of the state.


Arrest files are made when an individual is arrested for a crime committed against the law and imprisoned for it. The files will show information of plea bargains, dropped charges, dismissals and all kinds of compromise. All previous offenses against the law will also be shown in the files.

Tennessee is a ?close record? state although it is covered by the Freedom of Information Act. Not all public files and some of its information are open to the public. Also, the state does not issue certified copies of the files. This protects the right to privacy of an individual by keeping their own arrest records hidden from anyone unless they permit it.

Some information that can be seen in an arrest record is the subjects name, alias, address, age, physical description, any amount of fines paid to the state, misdemeanor and felony information, etc. Some details of arrest records may not be provided because as mentioned, Tennessee is a ?close record? state.

You can get arrest files at the state?s repository, country criminal courts and at civil courts. The public can only access criminal files and arrest files at the repository. Access to Tennessee criminal history information is given only to individuals, companies and organizations that are registered officially in the State of Tennessee. You can order a copy of the file through phone or through mail. Results will be mailed to the address you enter on the mail or emailed to your email address. The bureau charges $29 per name Tennessee Arrest Records Free Search searched. Payments made through cash, check or a major credit are accepted and are non-refundable even if no file is found for the Finding Tennessee Arrest Records Online search subject.

For people who want to get arrest files outside of Tennessee, they can refer to commercial records providers. There are sites that provide arrest files but ask for a minimal fee for their service. If you search the internet vigilantly, you will find out that there are also sites that offer free public arrest records. Before choosing a provider, it is essential that you research about the site first and see if the services they provide will suit your search.