How To Get A TN Security Guard License

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Follow the link above to review all requirements to be licensed as an Armed or Unarmed Security Officer / Guard in the State of Tennessee on the Private Protective Services Webpage to ensure that you are eligible.
Note: If an individual maintains an armed guard registration it is not necessary to also be registered as an "unarmed" guard.
Requirements For Security Guard Registration
Be at least 18 years of age for registration as an unarmed security guard.
Be at least 21 years of age for registration as an armed security guard.
Be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien.
If you are NOT a US Citizen or resident alien your application will be denied. Resident Alien applicants must provide documentation of their citizenship status.
Not have been declared by any court of competent jurisdiction incompetent by reason of mental defect or disease unless a court of competent jurisdiction has since declared the applicant competent;
If convicted in any jurisdiction of any of the crimes listed in this subdivision (4), have completed serving sentence or court ordered probation at least five (5) years prior to application.
Conviction of the following crimes shall disqualify an applicant, subject to the conditions stated in this section:
(A) Any felony; or
(B) Any misdemeanor involving:
(i) Shooting a firearm or other weapon;
(ii) Shoplifting;
(iii) Assault and battery or other act of violence against persons or property;
(iv) Crimes involving the sale, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances, controlled substance analogues, drugs or narcotics;
(v) Theft of property; or
(vi) Theft of services;
Not be suffering from habitual drunkenness or narcotics addiction or dependence;
Not have any disability that, in the opinion of the commissioner, prevents the applicant from performing the duties of a security guard/officer; and
Be of good moral character.
Must meet the training requirements.


Follow the link to register for the next Armed or Unarmed Security Officer / Guard License Training Class with Alliance Training and Testing LLC.
Alliance places major emphasis on successfully preparing our students for challenging careers in the security field. Our modern and practical approach to education provides our graduates with the necessary skills essential to obtain responsible unarmed security positions in business and industry.Our exceptional unarmed security training curriculum exceeds the State of Tennessee Requirements by also incorporating The Private Security Officer Selection and Training Guidelines established by ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security professionals.


Follow the link above to review the SECURITY GUARD/OFFICER – APPLICATION and prepare for the class by gathering the information.
Residences: If you have lived at your current residence less than five (5) years, you must list all residences where you have lived for the past five (5) years.
Street Address City State Zip Code [From Mo/Yr. To Mo/Yr.]
Past Employment Record: If you have worked at your current employment less than five (5) years, list all jobs or occupations you have held in the immediate past five (5) years.
Company Name Address City State Zip Code [From Mo/Yr. To Mo/Yr.]
Statement of Criminal Records: Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-35-116(a)(1) requires that all applicants provide a statement of all convictions and pending charges of a felony or a misdemeanor in any jurisdiction.
You must provide all final Court dispositions (judgments) on any and all charges/arrests.
You are required to provide certified documents of the final court disposition(s) or judgment(s) with the application, including dismissed, suspended or deferred sentences, as well as, a written explanation of the events that surrounded the charges.
If the court no longer has these records on file, you must obtain a letter from the judge or court clerk stating so.
Be advised: If you check "no" to any of the following questions regarding arrests or charges in the application and there is an arrest record listed on your TBI or FBI report, your application could be denied for a material misstatement. Misdemeanor citations and charges for "bad checks", cases where you may not have been fingerprinted and booked but were required to pay court costs or fines, are reported to the TBI and FBI as an arrest. These charges must also be disclosed on your application.
Record Expungements: If you were told that a charge or arrest would be expunged from your record, and you would not need to report the charge as an arrest, you should verify with the court clerk or your attorney that the record was expunged and that you have "no arrest record" for the charge or arrest before completing your application for registration. Failure to report charges or arrests that were not expunged from your record and are still listed on your TBI and/or FBI report could result in the denial of your application for a material misstatement.
Military Service Record: If other than Honorable discharge, attach a separate sheet of paper explaining the discharge, and a copy of your DD214.


Upon scheduling the class with Alliance Training & Testing LLC, you will receive a confirmation message instructing you to bring a valid US Government Photo ID and (if applicable) payment to the class.
Upon successful completion of the Armed or Unarmed Security Officer / Guard training class with Alliance Training & Testing LLC, the following items will be provided.
(3) 1”x 1” color passport-style photos


Follow the link above to review the electronic fingerprinting online scheduling website. 
All applicants are requested to utilize electronic fingerprint submission.
Applicants should submit payment for fingerprint processing directly to the provider.
Agency Name: Commerce and Insurance
Applicant Types: Armed Guard / Unarmed Guard / Contract Security Company
Agency ORI #: TN920120Z

L-1 Identity Solutions (MorphoTrust USA) (Electronically scanned fingerprint submissions)
MorphoTrust USA will scan and transmit your fingerprints to the TBI and FBI. You should make an appointment with MorphoTrust USA. MorphoTrust USA will transmit the applicant's fingerprints to the TBI and FBI for processing, and the report will be received by this office. You will submit payment for fingerprint processing directly to MorphoTrust USA. Applicants must take approved identification documents to the appointment with MorphoTrust USA. Please refer to the list of acceptable identification at
Online Scheduling:
L-1 Identity Solutions (MorphoTrust USA)Click on the Tennessee map.
You will enter your applicant information as prompted online.
Enter required information.
Call Center Scheduling:
Available Monday-Friday, 8:30 A.M – 4:30 P.M. (Central)
If you do not have access to the internet you may call 855-226-2937 (toll-free).
Operators will collect required information and schedule your appointment.


Submit Electronic (Recommended)
Follow The link above to Online Licensing Services
Important Note:
Board> Select Private Protective Services 
Items you will need to scan / have in an electronic format to submit electronically:
 - Trainer’s Certificate
 - Electronic Fingerprinting Receipt
 - Photo ID / Driver's License
 - Head and shoulder picture 
As Applicable:
 - Criminal Records
 - DD-214 (Military)
Important note when submitting electronically: 
- The Photo ID is not specifically called out during the process, upload it in the "Additional Documents" section. 




Applicants must submit an application accompanied by a non-refundable ($70.00) application fee.
The following items should be included in this package:
(1) Notarized original of the SECURITY GUARD/OFFICER – APPLICATION
(1) Copy of the receipt for electronic fingerprint submission (Attach to the application).
(3) 1”x1” color passport-style photos with your name and Social Security Number printed on the back of each photo placed in a small envelope with your name.
If Applicable: Statements of any criminal records, provide all final Court dispositions (judgments) on any and all charges/arrests.
If Applicable: Copy of Military Service Record (DD214) for other than Honorable discharge; attach a separate sheet of paper explaining the discharge.
Submit a check, money order or cashier’s check payable to:
TN Department of Commerce & Insurance
Submit Payment Directly To The Cashier's Office (Recommended)
500 James Robertson Parkway, 11th floor Nashville, TN 37243-1158
Submit Payment By Mail
Private Protective Services 500 James Robertson Pkwy Nashville, TN 37243-1158


Unarmed Guards - The applicant may only work using a copy of completed & notarized application form for seventy-five (75) business days from the date that the completed application form, three (3) sets of classifiable fingerprints, three (3) sets of head-and-shoulder photographs taken within the last six (6) months and the application fee are received by the Commissioner, pending the issuance or denial of the registration card by the commissioner.
Armed Guards - The applicant may only work as an Armed Guard once the license is received at the mailing address on record, but may work as an Unarmed Guard as stated above.
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