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Contract Security Company Requirements


Any person engaging in the business of providing a security guard and patrol service on a contractual basis for another person. If the person is a partnership each partner must qualify; if the person is a corporation or an LLC an agent of the corporation must qualify.


  • Owner or Qualifying Agent must be at least 21 years of age.
  • A U.S. citizen or resident alien.
  • Be legally, mentally competent.
  • Free of habitual drunkenness, narcotics addiction or dependence.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Meet statutory insurance requirements.
  • Satisfy the experience or examination requirement (See next section).
  • Applicants must provide three (3) credit references from lending institutions or business firms with whom a credit record has been established. These references must be original documents from the lending institution, must be in standard business letter form and must appear on the institution’s letterhead.
  • Applicants must submit electronic fingerprints for processing by the TBI and FBI for criminal history check.
  • A Certificate of Insurance which meets the requirements of T.C.A. 62-35-114.
Experience Or Examination Requirements
  • Possess at least three (3) years of experience as a manager, supervisor, or administrator with a contract security company or proprietary security organization.
  • Possess at least three (3) years of supervisory experience satisfactory to the Commissioner with any public law enforcement agency in the United States (including military).
  • Pass an examination designed to measure knowledge and competence in the contract security company business.  
  • Examination Information

Click Here to download the Application.


Fees and Related Costs

  • Click Here for to see a table of fees related to applying and renewal of Contract Security Company licenses.


  • Contract Security Company Licenses are renewable every two (2) years.