The Tennessee Open Records Act allows any citizen of the state to request public records within Tennessee. The requests may be made in person, in writing or over the phone. This is a template for requesting public records within the state of Tennessee in accordance with the Tennessee Open Records Act.
Name of State Act:
Open Records Act
Medical records, certain investigative records, public school student records, certain economic development issues
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We have curated some of the most commonly asked questions for you.
What are public records?
Public Records are “all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, microfilms, electronic data processing files and output, films, sound recordings, or other material, regardless of physical form or characteristics made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any governmental agency.”
Do I have to make my request in person?
No, as long as the request is sufficiently detailed for the records custodian to know what records are being requested, the request does not have to be made in person.
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