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How do I get my certificate?

There are three ways to obtain a copy of your certificate:
in person, by mail or by Internet

In person at the Tennessee Office of Vital Records:
Requests for certified copies of certificates are accepted at the Tennessee Office of Vital Records in Nashville.  The request must be made by the person named on the certificate, or a parent, guardian, child or spouse of the named person.  Most requests for certified copies can be handled while you wait.

Where:
Tennessee Vital Records
1st Floor, Central Services Building
421 5th Avenue, North
Nashville, TN  37243

Building entrance to Vital Records
When: 
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Central Time (excluding holidays)

IF PAYING WITH CASH OR CHECK

You have the option to fill out a paper order form and present proper identification at the Customer Service Window.   If you are not a qualified applicant, you will need to support your entitlement to the record requested at the time your application is submitted or have a qualified applicant submit the application.

Order forms are located on the counter to your left as you enter our office.

OR you may use the kiosk.

KIOSK ORDERS AUTOMATICALLY AUTHENTICATE THE IDENTITY OF THE REQUESTOR.   If you do not pass the identity verification process, you will be asked to provide identification documents at the front counter once your order has been transmitted for processing.

For all orders submitted through the kiosk, an additional $4.00 vendor fees applies.  This fee is non-refundable.

CREDIT & DEBIT CARD CUSTOMERS (American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa credit/debit cards) – ORDERS SHOULD BE PLACED AT THE KIOSK

Customer Service Window does not accept credit or debit cards payments.

KIOSK AUTOMATICALLY AUTHENTICATES YOUR IDENTITY.   If you do not pass the identity verification process, you will be asked to provide identification documents at the front counter once your order has been transmitted for processing.  If you are not a qualified applicant, you will need to support your entitlement to the record requested at the time your application is submitted or have a qualified applicant submit the application.

For all orders submitted through the kiosk, an additional $4.00 vendor fees applies.  This fee is non-refundable

Fees:
Long form: Birth, Marriage and Divorce  $15.00
Short form: Birth 1949 forward $ 8.00
Additional copies: birth, marriage and divorce $ 5.00
Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (copy) $ 5.00
Death $ 7.00 per copy
KIOSK ORDERS – additional vendor fee $ 4.00

Parking:
Parking meters are located along 5th Avenue in front of our office.  Additional parking is available in the Music City Central parking garage located around the corner from our office between 4th and 5th Avenue on Charlotte Avenue.

In person at a county health department:
Within Tennessee, most county health departments can issue death certificates for deaths which occurred in that county within the past few years.  In addition, many county health departments issue short form birth certificates for births which occurred anywhere in Tennessee since 1949.  Call the local health department to inquire.

By Mail
What to include:

  1. The completed and signed application for certified copy of certificate of birth, death, marriage or divorce  
  2. One of the following for identification purposes:
    1. a photocopy of a government-issued identification card which includes the signature of the requester
    2. a notarized application for certified copy
    3. the mother’s copy of the birth certificate (issued at the hospital at the time of birth) may be used for identification when obtaining a newborn’s birth certificate.(It must be dated within the last two calendar years.)
    4. if none of these documents are available, see ID requirements for alternatives
  3. A check or money order made payable to Tennessee Vital Records for the appropriate fee.

Mail to:
Tennessee Vital Records
1st Floor, Central Services Building
421 5th Avenue, North
Nashville, TN  37243

By Internet

Tennessee Office of Vital Records does not directly accept online orders. However, for your convenience, we have contracted with an independent company to provide you with this service. Additional fees will be collected by the independent company. 
Click here for more information.