Birth and Death Certificates
Birth and death records can be obtained at the Knox County Health Department’s main office at 140 Dameron Ave. If you have an immediate need, you may also obtain records from the State of Tennessee, see contact information below.
Birth certificates are available for persons born in Tennessee. Birth certificates may be purchased only by the person named on the certificate or by a parent, legal guardian, spouse or child of the named person. The cost is $15 per copy.
- Short forms are available for all births in any Tennessee county, dating back to January 1949. Short forms have all necessary information for births since 1976.
- Long form birth certificates, with more detailed information (required for passport applications for anyone born before 1976), are available only for Knox County births in the past five years. To obtain a pre-1976 long form birth certificate, contact the Tennessee Office of Vital Records (see contact information below). Please allow 8 - 12 weeks for newborns.
Death certificates are available for any death that occurred in Knox County in the past six years (For prior dates, please contact the Tennessee Office of Vital Records in Nashville). Death certificates may be purchased by a parent, legal guardian, child, spouse or legal representative of the person named, or by a funeral home. If you are not an eligible family member, you must bring documentation of your need for the certificate. Please bring a valid state ID or driver’s license with you for proof of identification. The cost is $15 per certificate. Please allow at least two weeks for recent deaths.
Submitting Application in Person
You may print an application (see below), fill it out and bring it to the health department. Please bring a valid state ID or driver’s license with you for proof of identification. Payment may be by cash, money order, personal check or major credit card.
Order Certificate by Mail
To order by mail, you should print and fill out an application (see below), and mail it to: Vital Records, 140 Dameron Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917. Include a copy of your driver’s license and check or money order for $15.
Click on the item below to download and print an application form:
For frequently asked questions about birth and death certificates, please click here.
Knox County Health Department Vital Records
First floor (Behind security/information desk)
140 Dameron Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
Office hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
First floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243
Office hours (CT):
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday