TTY (Text Telephone)

Tennessee Relay Flyer

The Tennessee Relay Service is a free service for all Tennesseans, connecting individuals who are deaf, deafblind, hard-of-hearing, or have a speech disability with users of standard telephones, mobile phones or tablets. Whether calling on a standard telephone or a text telephone (TTY, a special phone with a typewriter-style keyboard), relay makes communication simple, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Using the Tennessee Relay is easy. Either the hearing or the deaf person dials 711 to reach a specially trained operator known as a communications assistant (CA). The CA acts as an impartial, two-way "relay" in the conversation, reading messages typed on the TTY to the hearing person while typing responses on the TTY back to the deaf caller.


Relay users no longer need to memorize toll-free numbers to make a relay call. Simply dial 7-1-1 to connect with the state relay provider. Confidentiality for relay users and CA's is assured by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling.


Using relay is easy and offers access to the world for Tennesseans with hearing loss who are seeking two-way telecommunication. Friends, family, business associates and services are just a phone call way. Make your connection...


711 or 800-848-0298
711 or 800-848-0299
Voice Carry-Over (VCO)
Speech-to-Speech (STS)
711 or 866-503-0264
Hearing Carry-Over (HCO)
711 or 800-848-0298
Spanish Relay
711 or 866-503-0263
Customer Support
Espanol Customer Support
STS Customer Support
VCO Customer Support

Q & A

How do I make or receive a relay call?
The hearing disabled person dials a relay operator and types a number for a VT resident or business. The relay operator then calls that number and announces "This is the Tennessee Relay Service. Have you received a relay call before?" If the called party answers yes, then the call proceeds. If the answer is no, then the operator will explain that the other person is hearing disabled and is using a Text Telephone (TTY) to type to the operator, and the operator is relaying the call as read. The operator will then proceed to relay the message from both sides.


What devices do I need to be able to place a relay call?
The most common device used by a hearing person is a standard telephone. For a deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired individual, the most commonly used device is a TTY (text telephone device). However, the equipment you need may vary depending upon the type of relay service you use. A Voice Carry-Over (VCO) phone may also be an option. For more information on how to obtain a device in your area that meets your specific needs, call Tennessee Relay Customer Service at 1-866-503-0262. In some cases, it may be available at little or no cost to you via the Telecommunications Devices Access Program. For more information on the program, click here.


How much does relay cost?
There is no charge for using Tennessee Relay within your local calling area. Long-distance call rates are determined by your carrier of choice (your long distance telephone provider). When you place intrastate, interstate, or international calls, Tennessee Relay can give you a number of billing options. Please notify the relay operator of your preferred billing option: collect, third party, local exchange carrier (LEC) calling card, other long distance calling card, or prepaid phone card.


Will my calls be confidential?
All relay calls are strictly confidential. Federal law requires strict confidentiality on the part of Communications Assistants (CAs). Therefore, no part of the conversation that takes place between 2 callers is revealed or stored in written or verbal form.


How do I set up my Customer Database Profile?
You have several options for setting up your profile. You can call customer service and set it up over the phone; you can have them mail you a form that you can fill out and mail or fax back; you can also fill out a form online. For more information on the Customer Database Profile, go to the Customer Profile page.

Angie Officer
Sr. Program Manager
Tennessee Relay Service
Mailstop: VARESF0213
12524 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20196

© 2020

Tennessee Relay Service is provided
by Tennessee Regulatory Authority

SPRINT CAPTEL: FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS ANYONE BUT REGISTERED USERS WITH HEARING LOSS FROM USING INTERNET PROTOCOL (IP) CAPTIONED TELEPHONES WITH THE CAPTIONS TURNED ON. IP Captioned Telephone Service may use a live operator. The operator generates captions of what the other party to the call says. These captions are then sent to your phone. There is a cost for each minute of captions generated, paid from a federally administered fund. No cost is passed on to the CapTel user for using the service.  

Individuals with hearing loss must complete & submit a Third-Party Certification of Eligibility signed by hearing health professional to be eligible for no-cost Internet-based CapTel phone. Although CapTel can be used for emergency calling, such emergency calling may not function the same as traditional 911/E911 svc. By using CapTel for emergency calling you agree that Sprint is not responsible for any damages resulting from errors, defects, malfunctions, interruptions or failures in accessing or attempting to access emergency svc. through CapTel whether caused by the negligence of Sprint or otherwise. 

©2020 Tennessee Relay Service is provided by Tennessee Regulatory Authority. CapTel is a registered trademark of Ultratec, Inc.