Preservation of Records

Deeds and other documents overseen by the Register of Deeds tell much of the story of Washington County's long history.

According to Tennessee state statute, the primary function of the Register of Deeds is to make and preserve a record of instruments required or allowed by law to be filed or recorded, including deeds, powers of attorney, deeds of trust, mortgages, liens, contracts, plats, leases and other types of documents.

These records provide public notice of property ownership, liens, contracts and other transactions that affect the public interest. The register has specific directions on how to index, record and maintain the records.

Additionally, registers are required to hold a seat on a county's Public Records Commission, as ex officio members. 

Washington County's records are open the public. For more information, call the Register of Deeds office at (423) 753-1644.