Davidson County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
The merger of Davidson County and the City of Nashville created the Metro Nashville in 1963. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department collates crime data for this city-county and its most recent statistics are for 2017. That year, the county recorded 7,813 violent crimes, a 2.9% increment compared to the figure for the previous year. Out of these, there were 111 murders and negligent homicides, 568 rapes, 2,062 robberies, and 5,072 aggravated assaults. Incidences of property crimes in the county include 4,217 burglaries, 19,214 larceny-thefts, and 2,604 motor vehicle thefts.
The year-on-year crime trend in Davidson County indicates that there were higher incidences of these Part I crimes, except burglary, between 2016 and 2017. Burglary rate declined by 8.1% in 2017. However, murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault rates grew by 33.7%, 0.4%, 2.6%, and 2.8% respectively. The county recorded more cases of larceny-theft (2.4%) and motor vehicle theft (49%) too.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) maintains all sex offender information for the counties in the state. In accordance with state law, TBI collates these information and makes them available to the public on a dedicated website. Use the TBI Sex Offender Locator to find registered sex offenders living in Davidson County. This online resource lets anyone search for offenders by name, city, zip code, and street address.
The Nashville/Davidson County Sheriff’s Office is the agency responsible for keeping all inmate records for the county. To access jail and public records, visit the Sheriff’s Office’s Records Center located at 610 W Due West Avenue, Madison, TN 37115. Other ways to request for these records include calling the offender information line at 615-862-8123 and completing an online record request form.
The Sheriff’s Office also provides a handy inmate locator search on its website. Use it to search for individuals currently in jail in Davidson County by name.
The Davidson County Circuit Court has eight divisions and serves the 20th Judicial District of Tennessee. The Circuit Court Clerk maintains the records of the Circuit Court as well as case documents for the Probate and General Sessions – Civil Division Courts. These court records are available on CaseLink, an online service that requires subscription to access.
The Criminal Court Clerk is the official in charge of maintaining case documents for Davidson County General Sessions - Criminal Division and State Trial Criminal Courts. To search criminal court records, use the Case Search tool on the website of the Criminal Court Clerk’s Office. Visit the Dockets and Reporting page to find links to court dockets, bond information, and attorney calendars. Additional links to civil, criminal, and traffic court dockets for the General Sessions Courts are available on the Court Case Information webpage.
The Criminal Court Clerk also provides criminal background checks upon request. Visit the Clerk’s Office located on the 2nd floor of Justice, Suite 2120 of the A. A. Birch Building on 408 2nd Avenue N, Nashville. Members of the public have free access to Davidson County criminal records between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. While viewing is free, the Clerk charges 50 cents per page for copies of these records. There is $5 fee for a certified criminal record summary provided in person or by mail. When making a mail request, make sure to include a stamped self-addressed envelope and a money order or certified check for $5.
The Vital Records Division of the Davidson County Health Department maintains and issues copies of birth and death certificates as well as the medical and dental records of individuals treated at the Metro Health Department clinic. This Division has Davidson County birth records from 1950 to the present and death records dating back to 1966.
To obtain these records, download and complete an Application for True Copy of Certificate of Birth or an Application for True Copy of Certificate of Death as appropriate. Bring or mail this, along with a government-issued photo ID, to:
Lentz Public Health Center
2500 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209
The Vital Records Division charges $15 for each birth or death certificate issued. There is a minimum fee of $10 for copies of mental and dental records up to 10 pages. For longer documents, there is an additional charge of 50 cents per page. Copies of immunization records are free.