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Initial Unarmed Guard

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A security guard/officer is an individual employed by a contract security company or a proprietary security organization to protect persons and/or property from criminal activities. If an individual maintains an armed guard registration it is not necessary to also be registered as an "unarmed" guard. Security guard officers are required to be licensed to provide security services within the state of Tennessee.


Conviction of the following crimes shall disqualify an applicant, subject to the conditions stated in this section: any felony; or any misdemeanor involving: shooting a firearm or other weapon; shoplifting; assault and battery or other act of violence against persons or property; crimes involving the sale, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances, controlled substance analogues, drugs or narcotics; theft of property; or theft of services.


  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien
  • 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, have completed serving sentence or court ordered probation at least 5 years prior to application.
  • 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
  • Be of good moral character
  • Meet all training requirements and pass examination
  • Submit copy of receipt for electronic fingerprinting.



Application Fee: $50
Registration Fee: $20

Electronic Fingerprinting Fee: $32.65
Renewal Fee: $50
Duplicate: $25


Training Requirements

Four hour basic course including 1 hour each of:

  • Orientation
  • Legal powers and limitations of a security guard/officer
  • Emergency procedures
  • General duties

Training Requirements for the use of a Club, Stun Gun, Chemical Spray, Night Stick or other less than lethal device.

Registered guards or applicants who will carry a club, stun gun, chemical spray, night stick or other less than lethal device, the commissioner shall require appropriate training specific to such device by a trainer certified to instruct for such specific device. It shall be the employers' responsibility to keep training records of their employees for each device. The security officer/guard shall also have in such person's possession a certification card issued by an instructor/trainer who is certified to instruct/train in the legal use of such specific device and shall exhibit such card upon demand by the commissioner or the commissioner's duly authorized agent or any law enforcement officer.

**Fingerprints will be needed for background check prior to attending class. Visit https://tn.ibtfingerprint.com to set up your appointment for your electronic fingerprints or call (855) 226-2937. Choose Private Protective Services as the Agency Name and Initial Unarmed Guards as the Applicant Type.

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