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Health Department

Vital Records

 The Vital Records Division processes and retains copies of all birth certificates and death certificates that occur within Davidson County. Certificates are issued for births after 1950, and deaths after 1966. The Vital Records Division also provides copies of medical and dental records of persons who have received treatment at a Metro Health Department clinic.

Identification is required to obtain a certified copy of a birth or death certificate. An example of proper identification is a copy of your valid driver's license. Please send this in along with your completed application and payment.

Birth Certificates

Birth certificates are available in a short and long form. Short forms are available to appropriate applicants at the price of $8 for the first copy and $5 for each additional copy. This form is issued from the Tennessee Computer base and is available for any birth that occurred within Tennessee from January 1, 1949 to within approximately 60 days after birth.

Long forms provide more information and are an actual copy of the original certificate. This form is available for births that occurred in Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee after January 1, 1966. The cost for a long form birth certificate is $15 for the first copy and $5 for each additional copy. In most cases, long forms are available within thirty days following birth.

Call (615) 340-5611 for more information about Birth Certificates.

Download the Application for True Copy of Certificate of Birth in Adobe Acrobat format.

Death Certificates

Death certificates are available for those deaths that occurred in Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee beginning January 1, 1966 to the present. The death certificate is a copy of the original. There is a $7 charge for each death certificate copy.

Call (615) 340-5612 for more information about Death Certificates.

Download the Application for True Copy of Certificate of Death in Adobe Acrobat format.

Medical and Dental Records

Persons who have received medical or dental services from the Metropolitan Health Department of Nashville and Davidson County, may obtain a copy of their records. A signed medical release form must be submitted before the medical record is released.

A minimum fee of $10 is charged for the reproduction of records, up to 10 pages. A fee of $.50 per page will be charged, in addition to the minimum fee of $10 for each page reproduced in excess of 10 pages. No fee will be charged for requests of copies of a patient's medical record requested by their medical provider, or for copies of immunization records.

Download the Medical Information Release Form in Adobe Acrobat format.

To apply for birth certificates, death certificates, or medical records, please print a copy of the application form and mail it to:

Vital Records
Lentz Public Health Center
2500 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37209


The Metro Health Department must receive payment before certificates are issued.

Please call (615) 340-5679 regarding questions about medical records.