Terms Used In Tennessee Code 68-3-105

  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Dead body: means a human body from the condition of which it reasonably may be concluded that death occurred. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
  • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • Representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    1. The state registrar has the authority to investigate cases of irregularities or violations of law, personally or by an accredited representative, and all registrars shall aid the state registrar, upon request, in investigations.
    2. When the state registrar deems it necessary, the state registrar shall report cases of violations of this chapter to the district attorney general, who shall immediately initiate and follow up the necessary court proceedings against the person alleged to be responsible for the violation of law.
    3. Upon request of the department, the attorney general and reporter shall likewise assist in the enforcement provisions of this chapter.
  1. It is unlawful for any person to:
    1. Willfully and knowingly make any false statement in a certificate, record or report required to be filed under this chapter, or in an application for an amendment of the certificate, record or report, or in an application for a certified copy of a vital record, or willfully and knowingly supply false information, intending that such information be used in the preparation of the report, record or certificate, or amendment of the certificate, record, or report;
    2. Absent lawful authority and with the intent to deceive, make, counterfeit, alter, amend or mutilate any certificate, record or report required to be filed under this chapter or a certified copy of such certificate, record or report;
    3. Willfully and knowingly obtain, possess, use, sell, furnish or attempt to obtain, possess, use, sell or furnish to another, for any purpose of deception, any certificate, record, report or certified copy of a certificate, record or report so made, counterfeited, altered, amended or mutilated;
    4. With the intention to deceive willfully and knowingly obtain, possess, use, sell or furnish to another any certificate of birth or certified copy of a certificate of birth, knowing that such certificate or certified copy was issued upon a certificate that is false, in whole or in part, or that relates to the birth of another person, whether living or deceased;
    5. Willfully and knowingly furnish or process a certificate of birth or certified copy of a certificate of birth, with the knowledge or intention that it be used for the purpose of deception by a person other than the person to whom the certificate of birth relates; or
    6. Without lawful authority, possess any certificate, record or report required by this chapter or a copy or certified copy of such certificate, record or report, knowing the certificate, record, report or copy to have been stolen or otherwise unlawfully obtained.
  2. An offense contained in subsection (b) is a Class C misdemeanor.
  3. A person commits a Class C misdemeanor, who willfully and knowingly refuses to provide information required by this chapter or regulations adopted under this chapter; or willfully and knowingly transports or accepts for transportation, interment or other disposition a dead body without an accompanying permit as provided in this chapter; or willfully and knowingly neglects or violates this chapter or refuses to perform any of the duties imposed upon the person by this chapter.