Lookup Public Records in Shelby CountyTennessee. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Shelby County, Tennessee Overview

Shelby County is a county located in the state of Tennessee. The county was formed in November 24, 1819. Named after Isaac Shelby, the county seat is Memphis and it has a population of 927,644 as of 2010. The county has a total area of 785 square miles, with its land area encompassing 763 square miles, and its water area 22 square miles. The county consists of 40 ZIP codes, with ZIP code 38017 recorded as the one with the largest population. Moreover, Shelby County borders the following counties: Tipton County, Tennessee to the north; DeSoto County, Mississippi to the south; Fayette County, Tennessee to the east; Crittenden County, Arkansas to the west, and; Marshall County, Mississippi to the southeast.

Shelby County Clerk Information

The Shelby County Clerk’s Office is one with which nearly everyone in Shelby County has done business. Elected to a four term position, the County Clerk has the following duties:

  • Collects Liquor by the Drink Taxes
  • Issues notary public commissions
  • Sells business licenses
  • Swears in deputy sheriffs
  • Issues Marriage Licenses

    Applicants applying for a marriage license may complete the Marriage Application form prior to visiting the office. The form is available in the link below. To obtain a marriage license in Shelby County, both parties must appear for the issuance of the license. If you desire a certified copy of your marriage license, come by any office (Downtown, Shelby East, or Millington) or mail a $10 check or money order along with the exact date of the marriage and the full names of both parties, to:

    Shelby County Clerk

    Att: Marriage Department, Suite 201
    150 Washington Ave.
    Memphis, TN 38103

    More information can also be found in the second link given below.

    Marriage License Link:

    Marriage Information:

    Below is the physical address of the County Clerk:
    Wayne Mashburn, County Clerk
    150 Washington Avenue (Main Location)
    Memphis, TN 38103
    Phone: (901) 222-3000

    Register of Deeds/Archives

    The Register of Deeds files certain legal documents mainly pertaining to or affecting real estate and provides public access to these records. The County Archives, on the other hand, protects, preserves, and provides public access to the permanent historical records of Shelby County Government.
    The most common records filed by the register include

  • Affidavits
  • Liens
  • Mortgages
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Property Titles
  • Tax Liens

    The most common materials maintained by the archives include

  • Records
  • Chancery Court Records
  • Circuit Court Records
  • Criminal Court Records
  • Death Records
  • Maps and Aerials
  • Marriage Licenses

    You can search for property records as well as county archive records in the link given below. For property searches, you can do a property search or a GIS search. The property search can do seven types of searches, ranging from Name, Document Number, Address, and others. Each type of search has their own set of search criteria which you can input to do a search. The GIS search can do four types of searches: Address, Name, Parcel ID, and Tax Map. The archive has a comprehensive list of available county records. You need to simply click the records you would like to search and search criteria will come up.

    Below is the physical address of the Register of Deeds/Archives:
    Tom Leatherwood, Shelby County Register

    Register of Deeds

    1075 Mullins Station Road
    Building W3, Suite W165
    Memphis, TN 38134
    Phone: (901) 222-8100


    980A Nixon Dr.
    Memphis, TN 38134
    Phone: (901) 222-8175
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

    Circuit Court Clerk

    Through ACS CourtConnect, you can search cases by person name, business name or case type. You can alsso search for judgments against a person or business, as well as display case information and activities. Results will sshow matched case dockets.

    Below is the physical address of the Circuit Court Clerk:
    Jimmy Moore, Circuit Court Clerk
    140 Adams Avenue
    Room 324
    Memphis, TN 38103
    Phone: (901) 222-3800
    Fax: (901) 222-3818
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

    Shelby County Marriage License Office
    In order to obtain a marriage license in Shelby County, the applicants must apply together, in person, at the County Clerk’s office. Both parties must present their state-issued picture ID, military ID, or passport, and know their social security number
    State Law:Marriage – Title 36, Ch. 3 and Enforcement of antenuptial agreements – Title 36, §36-3-501
    All State Statutes: Information is online at the State Website
    Office:Shelby County Marriage License
    Location:150 Washington Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, 38103


    Shelby County Clerk’s Office

    Address: 150 Washington Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
    Phone: 901-222-3000

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