Record Series Abstract
Records series will contain requests for certified copies and requests for Certificates of Existence/Authorization (Good Standing) submitted by the public in relation to entities registered with the Division of Business Services and filings held by the Division, as well as related documentation. These requests may be submitted by State/Federal Agencies, the media, entity representatives, or members of the public.
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Records are received in both paper and electronic format. Records received in paper format are scanned into the TN-BEAR database. Records received in electronic format are also uploaded/scanned into the TN-BEAR database. After verification of completeness and accuracy, paper records and email submissions may be destroyed immediately or returned to the customer as appropriate. Electronic records are maintained in TN-BEAR database for 5 years.
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave 6th Floor Nashville, TN 37243
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Retention Legal Citation
T.C.A. 48-11-302, 303(c) T.C.A. 48-51-302, 303(c) T.C.A. 48-247-102, 103(c) T.C.A. 48-249-1006, 1007(c) T.C.A. 61-1-1208(c) T.C.A. 61-2-1102, 1103(c), 1207(c) T.C.A. 61-3-1205(c)
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TN-BEAR (Tennessee Business Entity & Annual Report) System
The database and server are hosted on virtual servers hosted in the State's data centers.
The software is built using current Microsoft technologies, to collect and record details, generate and store digital image of records, monitor the status and history of records and provide search/reporting/correspondence capabilities relating to the stored records.
State Data Center North, State Data Center South
The database is backed up to disk and then backed up to tape. The tape is stored off-site. The database log is backed up every five minutes, the database is backed up every hour.
The database is restored from the most recent known good backup.
Data Migration Description
Records are maintained in the TN-BEAR database throughout the retention period.
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