A record of a person?s Tennessee criminal history, a criminal record includes federal, state, and local criminal information. In addition to the criminal history, the criminal record include the searched person?s name and known aliases, DOB, photograph, fingerprints and address. Tennessee criminal records are made accessible to the government agencies functioning all across the United States.
In the past, Tennessee criminal records were either handwritten or typed and were maintained at local Tennessee police stations. This prevented the sharing of the information between agencies which in turn allowed a person to escape his or her criminal past simply by moving to another city or state. Fortunately, that is no longer the case. Today, computer databases accessible throughout the world are where criminal records are stored.
The state repositories receive criminal records from the local and state courts and law enforcement agencies. After it receives the record, the state repository voluntarily shares the information with the federal databases. Searchable computer databases are where the aforementioned information is stored. This makes it possible for law enforcement agencies to search a criminal record within its own state repository as well as within any of the federal databases. Generally, fingerprint searches are used to perform a criminal background check or locate a criminal record. Apart from the law enforcement agencies, authorized U.S citizens can also request for their own or another person?s criminal record.
The Information Systems Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation maintains and disseminates the criminal records in Tennessee. The criminal records made available by the Information Systems Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation include all felonies and misdemeanors. In fact, unless charges were expunged from the record, Tennessee criminal records will show even the dismissed charges. Generally,
Unless the law requires them to get fingerprints, TBI provides Tennessee criminal records by performing name-based searches. The Tennessee Open Records Information Services of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation performs named based searches when a mail or fax request for a criminal record is made. To obtain Tennessee criminal records, you need to fill out and submit a request form and pay the $29 processing fee. Another way for you to obtain the Tennessee criminal record you need is online through public databases.