Vital Records Division
Birth and Death Certificates
Birth and Death records can be obtained at the Knox County Health Department Main Clinic at 140 Dameron Avenue only. See information below for local address and phone number.
Web, Mail and Telephone Requests
If you have an immediate need, you can also obtain records from the State of Tennessee.
Tennessee Vital Records
Central Services Building
421 5th Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37247
Phone (615) 741-1763
Knox County Health Department Vital Records
140 Dameron Avenue
Room Number 207
Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
Telephone: (865) 215-5100
Fax: (865) 215-5106
TDD: (865) 215-5001
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday
Please note, the Vital Records Department closes for lunch:
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Birth certificates -- are available for persons born in Tennessee. Short forms (which have all the necessary information) are available for all births in any county in the state during the period of January 1949 to the present. The only persons allowed to purchase a birth certificate are the person for himself, a spouse, a parent or a child of the person.
Cost: $8 for the first copy, $5 for each additional copy, if purchased at the same time.
The long form, with more detailed information is available for Knox County Births for the past 10 years.
Cost: $15 for the first copy, $5 for each additional copy purchased at the same time (on the same person). Please allow 6-8 weeks for newborns.
Death records are available for any death that occurred in Knox County for the past 10 years. Cost: $7 per certificate. To purchase a death certificate, you must be an immediate family member, funeral home, or legal representative. Additionally, you will need a copy of your driver’s license if cause of death is required. If you are not a family member, you also will need documentation of your need for the certificate. Please allow at least two weeks for recent deaths.