Legal Information: Tennessee

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November 9, 2021

Do I need a special copy of my protection order to have it enforced?

In some states, you will need a certified copy of your protection order. A certified copy says that it is a “true and correct” copy; it is signed and initialed by the clerk of court that gave you the order, and usually has some kind of court stamp on it.

Tennessee is a part of “Project Passport,” a program that makes the first page of protection orders look alike. This means it easier for officers to recognize the protection order and may make it easier to get your protection order enforced in one of these states, which include: Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia, Washington, D.C. and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (located in Alabama).

To obtain a certified copy of your protection order, you must go to the courthouse where it was issued and request a certified copy. Some county courts in Tennessee may charge a fee for the certified copy.

Note: It is a good idea to keep a copy of the order with you at all times. You may also want to bring several copies of the order with you when you move and leave copies of the order at your work place, at your home, at the children’s school or daycare, in your car, with a sympathetic neighbor, and so on. You may want to give a copy to the security guard or person at the front desk where you live and/or work and to anyone who is named in and protected by the order.

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