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Tennesseans 16+: Now Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine
Information from TN Dept of Health about the Ongoing Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

How long will it take?

Due to the public health state of emergency surrounding COVID-19, we have suspended Vital Records walk-in services at the State Office of Vital Records until further notice. 


We are continuing to process certified copy requests, changes and corrections via mail.  You also may request certified copies of vital records online using our approved third party vendor VitalChek or visit your local county office for birth and death records.  It is strongly recommended that you call first, before visiting your county office. 


Processing Time


Request for Certificate¹ – In Person

Most requests will be completed while you wait


Request for Certificate¹ – By Mail

6 weeks²


Acknowledgement of Paternity

2 months



4 months


Birth Amendment

3 months


Court Ordered Name Change

3 months


Death Amendment

3 months


Delayed Registration

3 months


Marriage Amendment

3 months


Divorce Amendment

3 months


¹The event must have occurred more than 45 days prior to request

²This does not include delivery time.