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. 




Click Here then choose which course to register for the next Unarmed or Armed Security Guard Certification Training Class.  




U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Alien:  U.S. Citizen proof includes SSN Card, TN DL, O/S DL, Birth Certificate- Fed, US Passport, Birth Certificate-Abroad, Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, US Citizen ID Card, or any successor document. Qualified Alien proof include two (2) forms of documentation of identity and immigration status, as determined by the US Department of Homeland Security through the SAVE program.  


Statement of Criminal Records: Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-35-116(a)(1) requires 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 APPS Training, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for the classroom and a reminder of the dates and times. Please bring a Gov. issued photo ID with you to class.   
Upon successful completion of the Unarmed or Armed Security guard training a training certificate of successful completion will be provided.  




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  


Contact Identogo to schedule a convenient time and location for your appointment. You can reach them by phone or email.  


b: 1-855-226-2937 

Be sure to keep the receipt from the appointment to upload to your profile.  




Scan all items in PDF format.  
Items you will need to scan for electronic upload to your profile:  
- Trainer’s Certificate  
- Electronic Fingerprinting Receipt  
- Photo ID / Driver's License  
- Passport style picture  
As Applicable:  
- Criminal Records  
- DD-214 (Military) 




Go to and create your individual profile. Note: If your company is paying and creates your profile, acquire your username and password once complete and change them. The profile is yours, no matter who pays.  

Important Note:  
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Items you will need to scan / submit electronically:  
 - Trainer’s Certificate  
 - Electronic Fingerprinting Receipt  
 - Photo ID / Driver's License  
 - Passport style picture  
As Applicable:  
 - Criminal Records  
 - DD-214 (Military)  


Important note when submitting electronically:  
- The Photo ID will be submitted in the "Additional Documents" section on the second submission page.  




Unarmed Guards - The applicant may only work using a copy of the receipt of purchase from the Department of Commerce and Insurance for seventy-five (75) business days from the date that the application was completed online and the application fee is 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 registration is received at the mailing address on record, but may work as an Unarmed Guard as stated above.  




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