Application process: Tennessee

Identification process in Tennessee

The Health Department of Tennessee requires applicants, once they have completed and signed the application form, to prove their identity by including a photocopy of their ID.

Acceptable document of identification are:

Provide one (1) of the following identification documents:

  • Photo driver's license
  • State Id
  • Military Identification Card
  • Us/Foreign Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card (green card)
  • Birth certificate
OR

Provide two (2) of the following identification documents:

  • Current student identification
  • Signed Social Security card
  • Medical/Medicare insurance card
  • Veterans Affairs card
  • Vehicle registration
  • Private Company Employment Identification card
  • Form I-94 - accompanied by the applicant's Visa
  • Foreign Identification with identifiable photo of applicant
  • Income tax return
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

Who may apply for birth or death certificate?

Please see the following list of person authorized to order a vital record:

Birth
  • Person on records
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Spouse
  • Legal guardian
Death
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Spouse
  • Legal guardian

Please note: If you can provide documentation of legal interest, or if you are holding a Power of Attorney from the person on record, you are eligible to request the vital record for that person.

How Long Will Birth Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about 10 to 15 business days to get your birth certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Long Will Death Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about to business to get your death certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Can I Pay For My Certificate Application?

The State of Tennessee accepts the following payment:

Please address this payment to: Tennessee Vital Records

Tennessee State Fee: Birth $15, Death $15

This fee will change if you order more than one copy or request rush processing.