Tennessee Deed Forms

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Updated July 12, 2022

A Tennessee deed form conveys interest in property from one party (the “grantor”) to another (the “grantee”). The documents can be prepared by anyone as long as the required information is written in the deed as outlined in § 66-5-103. Once the forms have been prepared, along with the Legal Description of the property, it may be signed with two (2) witnesses or a notary public. The form must then be brought to the County Register’s Office along with the required filing fee (the fee is different for every office).

Laws – Title 66 (Property), Chapters 5 & 22

Recording (T. C. A. § 66-5-106) – All deeds are filed with the County Registers Office in the jurisdiction where the property is located.

Signing (T. C. A. § 66-22-101) – A deed may either be signed in the presence of two (2) witnesses or a notary public.

Deed Types

General Warranty – The best type of title that guarantees the ownership will be transferred to the new owner and that all prior owners of the property have no claims or remaining interest.

Quit Claim – The form only states the Grantor transfers “all my interest in the following land” without the verification that they own the property, that they are the only owner, or if anyone else has ownership interest or claims on the real estate.

Special Warranty – Offers a limited conditional guarantee to the Grantee on the ownership of the property. The deed is better than the Quit Claim but does not offer the fee simple guarantee of the General Warranty.

Tennessee Property Search

Use the guide below to obtain the necessary property information (Legal Description) in order to complete your deed.

Step 1 – Go to This Webpage and select the County the property is located. You may either select from their map or the drop-down feature.

tennessee real estate assessment data page

Step 2 – After making your selection you will be redirected to the County’s Property Lookup Page (we will use Shelby County for this example).

In most counties you will have many options to lookup the property. In Shelby County there are 4 ways to find the property:

  • Property Address
  • Owner’s Name
  • Business Name
  • Parcel Number

tennessee real property search index

Step 3 – After making your query you will be presented with all matching results (hopefully just 1) but if there are many then you can go back and revise your search to limit the results. Now you may click and view your selection and look at the property card.

Step 4 – Now you may be able to obtain the information to use on your deed by copying the necessary parts of the Legal Description so the Recorder may legally recognize the property.

property record card search result