Knox County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) collates crime data for all the counties in the state. It presents crime figures by law enforcement agencies rather than county. Since the primary law enforcement agency in Knox County is the Sheriff's Office, its records are representative of overall crime trend in the county. The most recent crime figures from the Knox County Sheriff's Office are for 2018.

That year, the Sheriff's Office recorded 7 murders, 55 rapes, 564 aggravated assaults, and 1,751 simple assaults. Reported incidences of property crimes include 18 arsons, 569 burglaries, 45 robberies, 2,515 larceny-thefts, and 499 motor vehicle thefts. Compared to the crime figures for 2014, murder (16.7%), rape (83.3%), aggravated assault (32.7%), simple assault (13%), and motor vehicle theft (24.8%) rates were on the rise in 2018. The five-year crime trend for Knox County also reveals falling arson (21.7%), burglary (56.5%), robbery (30.8%), and larceny-theft (34.4%) rates between 2014 and 20118.

Criminal Records

The TBI provides criminal history reports for the state of Tennessee. It allows the general public to request name-based criminal record checks online via the Tennessee Open Records Information Services (TORIS). Each request costs a non-refundable fee of $29. Individuals looking for nationwide background checks can order their FBI criminal history reports through IdentoGO.

The TBI also provides comprehensive fingerprint-based Tennessee and FBI criminal history checks for qualifying organizations. Such organizations must serve children, the elderly, and vulnerable individuals. This service is provided through IdentoGO and costs between $20.65 and $32.65.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office offers local background checks that provide reports about arrests in the county. To obtain this report, start by completing and notarizing a Release of Arrest Record form and bring or mail it to:

KCSO Support Services
City/County Building
400 W. Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (865) 215-2243

Include a copy of your photo ID, a self-addressed envelope, and payment for $15. If submitting this form in person, come to the KCSO Support Services office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. between Monday and Thursday. The office closes by 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Bring along a photo ID and $15 in cash or check.

This department also offers fingerprinting service at Level L-1 of the City County Building. It charges $25 for the first 3 fingerprint cards and $5 for each additional card. Fingerprinting is only available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office provides incident and crash reports upon request. To obtain any of these reports in person, visit one of these three offices:

KCSO Support Services
City/County Building
400 W. Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (865) 215-2243

North Precinct
7326 Norris Freeway
Knoxville, TN 37918
Phone: (865) 922-1070

West Precinct
11429 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
Phone: (865) 392-1670

These locations open to the public from Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Business hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Bring along a valid photo ID and payment for copies of the requested report. Copy fee is 15 cents per page and the Knox County Sheriff's Office accepts cash and check for these reports.

Tennessee has a central database of all registered sex offenders living in its counties. State law empowers the TBI to manage this database and make its information available to the public. In accordance with these stipulations, the TBI makes the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry searchable online. To find offenders living, working, and attending school in Knox County, restrict your search by selecting Knox from the county drop-down menus.

There are three correctional facilities in Knox County and the Sheriff's Office operates them. These are the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility located at 5001 Maloneyville Road in East Knox County, the Knox County Jail in downtown Knoxville in the City County Building at 400 Main Street, and the Work Release Center that is also on Maloneyville Road.

To help the public find individuals incarcerated in these facilities, the Sheriff's Office provides an inmate population list as well as a daily updated in-custody list for those arrested within the past 24 hours.

Friends and family can add funds to inmates' accounts using the Jail ATMs at the lobbies of the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility and the Knox County Jail. Cash and credit cards are accepted. A cash deposit attracts a $4.95 surcharge while there is a 10% surcharge when paying with a credit card. It is also possible to fund inmates' accounts by sending mail orders and cashier's checks to:

Mail Money Orders or Cashier's Checks to:

Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility
5001 Maloneyville Road
Knoxville, TN 37918

There is a $2.50 surcharge when using this method. Make sure to make your mail order or cashier's check out to

Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility
In Care of: (Inmate's Name and IDN)

Court Records

The Knox County Court System includes nine courts. Seven of these are in the same location in Knoxville, the county seat. These are the Chancery Court, Circuit Court, Fourth Circuit Court, Criminal Court, Civil Sessions Court, General Sessions Court (Criminal and Traffic), and Juvenile Court. The address of the courthouse housing these courts is:

City County Building
400 Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Besides these, there is also a Municipal Court and a City Court. Below are the addresses and contact details of these courts:

Farragut Municipal Court
Town Hall
11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934
Phone: 865-218-3363
Fax: 865-675-2096

Knoxville City Court
800 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue,
P.O. Box 2749, Knoxville, TN 37901
Phone: 865-215-7474
Fax: 865-215-7440

The Fourth Circuit, Criminal, and General Sessions Courts have the same Clerk. You can search dockets from this court on the Clerk's website. To make copies of court records, come to the Clerk's office in the City County Building or call (865) 215-2375. The fee for copies is 50 cents per page. There is an additional $5 charge for certified copies.

There is another Clerk for the Circuit, Civil Sessions, and Juvenile Courts. While the records of the Juvenile Court are closed, the public can look up the dockets of the Circuit Court and Civil Sessions. Visit the Clerk's office in the City County Building to ask about obtaining copies of the records of these courts.

Most of the records of the Knox County Chancery Court are sealed or redacted when publicly available. However, the parties involved may still obtain these records by contacting the court. Make your request by vising the Chancery Court in Suite 125 of the City County Building or call (865) 215-3015.

Visit or call the Farragut Municipal Court and the Knoxville City Court for their records.

All property records for Knox County are maintained by the Office of the Assessor. Use the Property Lookup tool provided on the Assessor's website to search for property records in the county.

Vital Records

The Circuit and the Chancery Courts hear most divorce cases in Knox County but the Fourth Circuit Court issues most of the county's divorce decrees. Contact the Chancery and Fourth Circuit Court to request copies of your divorce judgement and case records.

The Tennessee Department of Health's Office of Vital Records also provides divorce records for all counties of the state. To requests for a certified copy of a divorce certificate, mail a completed and signed application to:

Tennessee Vital Records
1st Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Notarize the application when requesting for certified copies and include a photocopy of a government-issued ID. The fee for each certified copy of a divorce certificate is $15 payable with check or money order made out to Tennessee Vital Records. You may include $5 to expedite processing.

Knox County residents can also request for certified copies of birth, death, and marriage certificates in this way. However, they have to send notarized birth, death, or marriage applications as applicable. Fees and requirements remain the same as above.

The Vital Records Division of the Knox County Department of Health can also issue birth and death certificates. Simply submit a Birth or Death Certificate Request Form in person or by mail to:

Vital Records
140 Dameron Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917

Include a copy of your driver's license and a check or money order for $15 in the mail. The office is situated on the first floor of the building behind the security/information desk. It opens to the public from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Knox County Clerk's Office also provides certified copies of marriage licenses. You can request a copy online and pay with a credit card. Alternatively, visit any of these locations of the Clerk's Office:

Main Office
Old Knox County Courthouse
300 W. Main Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (865) 215-2385
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cedar Bluff
1028 Old Cedar Bluff Road
Knoxville, TN 37923
Phone: (865) 215-8500
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

North Knoxville / Crossroads Centre
7328 Norris Freeway
Knoxville, TN 37918
Phone: (865) 215-3400
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

East Knoxville
3010 S. Mall Road
Knoxville, TN 37917
(The old Markman's Jewelry Store, in front of Lowe's Home Improvement)
Phone: (865) 549-5184
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

South Knoxville
7339 Chapman Hwy. - Chapman Plaza
Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone: (865) 577-4510
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The fee for each certified copy of a marriage license is $5.50 when requested in person. It costs $9.02 when requesting online.