Tennessee Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
InfoTracer does not compile background information for employment purposes and is not a “consumer reporting agency” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). The reports InfoTracer provides are not "consumer reports" under the FCRA because they are not used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for personal credit or insurance, employment, housing, a government license or benefit, or for any other permissible purpose under the FCRA.

How To Get a Tennessee Background Check Report

How To Get a Tennessee Background Check Report

The Bureau of Investigation is the agency in charge of providing background checks for the state. They offer them to the general public, employers and qualified organizations. They have two types. 

  • General Public - the first type is for the general public and they offer two options, a state-only version using a name search and an FBI version using fingerprints. Both can be obtained either online or through the mail. They have the downloadable form on their website that users can fill out and send in by mail. They also have detailed instructions for people wanting a copy of their own background report. 
  • Qualified Organizations - the second type is for companies that “serve children, the elderly, and the vulnerable population.” Each report costs $32.65 for regular applicants, $30.15 for volunteers and $20.65 for international adoptions. These reports are processed through fingerprints only, and combiner’s a state-level report with a federal one. Requestors must have an ORI (Originating Agency Identifier) number.

The state uses the IdentGo vendor for fingerprints. 

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

Tennessee background check reports show mainly criminal history information and personal details for the subject. Basic demographics like name, address, age, date of birth, height, weight, and other physical descriptors will start off the report. Then it will list each warrant, arrest, conviction (felonies and misdemeanors), incarceration, probation, parole and accompanying court dispositions. 

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

The reasons to use a TN background check are for employment, licensing, certifications, security clearances, adoption, foster care, international travel, insurance, credit, and financing. The state requires many types of businesses to use them in the hiring process.
There are also public background reports that companies and individuals can use to find information on someone such as address, property ownership, other assets, liens, foreclosures, and more. These reports can also be used to check out a potential mate, business partner, and neighbor. Some of the information contained within them will be:

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests and Warrants
  • Bankruptcy Filings
  • Legal Judgments
  • Liens
  • Birth Records
  • Marriages and Divorces
  • Property Records
  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
  • Current and Past Addresses
  • Phone and Email Address
  • Professional Licenses
  • Relatives and Associates
  • Social Media Accounts and More

TN Criminal Background Checks

The state's Bureau of Investigation handles criminal background checks for the state and offers them to individuals, employers and qualified organizations. Tennessee’s court system also allows the general public access to criminal court records through their online portal. Users must have the case number, case style, the full name of the subject, or organization. This system is free to use by anyone. 

Gun Background Check

The state is a point of contact for NICS, and gun dealers in the state are required to contact the local Bureau of Investigation (“TBI”) to run a complete background check on anyone wishing to purchase a firearm in the state. Anyone convicted of stalking, addicted to alcohol or “mentally defective” is not eligible to purchase guns in Tennessee. Private sales are not subject to background checks in the state of Tennessee. So far this year, Tennessee has run 618,059 background checks related to the purchase of guns in the state. Of that total, 255,568 were for handguns.

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 694,101 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Tennessee

State # of conducted handgun checks
Florida 590,140
Pennsylvania 534,653
Texas 523,406
California 433,106

States With More Long Gun Checks than Tennessee

State # of conducted long gun checks
Texas 442,626
California 395,145
Florida 278,908
Ohio 218,183
Missouri 194,982

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

TN requires certain types of industries and businesses to use background checks when hiring. Any employer in the state that serves children, the elderly, and the vulnerable population must use them and cannot hire people with specific types of criminal history in the background report. However, the state does not dictate how employers must use them during the hiring process.

Employment Protection

The state does not have any laws regarding how employers can use TN background checks in their hiring process. If you believe you were discriminated against because of your criminal history, you can rely on federal law to proceed legally. Although employers can use background checks pretty freely in their hiring process, they are still subject to federal law and must comply with both The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when using background checks during the hiring process.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background check report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 260 victims of online romance scams in Tennessee, resulting in $2.5 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 138 73,488
20 - 29 611 570,538
30 - 39 749 1,090,398
40 - 49 823 1,324,592
50 - 59 696 3,634,441
Over 60 856 4,599,996
InfoTracer does not compile background information for employment purposes and is not a “consumer reporting agency” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). The reports InfoTracer provides are not "consumer reports" under the FCRA because they are not used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for personal credit or insurance, employment, housing, a government license or benefit, or for any other permissible purpose under the FCRA.