It is unlawful for any person to act as an investigations company or private investigator without first having obtained a license from the Commission. If the company is a partnership each partner must qualify. If the company is a corporation an agent must be nominated to qualify.
Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-26-206(a) On and after July 1, 2009 each individual applicant; or, if the applicant is a partnership, each partner; or, if he applicant is a corporation, the qualifying agent, must:
(6) (A) Possess, or employ at least one (1) person who possesses, at least two thousand (2,000) hours of compensated, verifiable, investigative experience satisfactory to the commission; or have one (1) year of applicable, related experience or education in a related area of study approved by the commission, and
(B) Pass an examination to be administered at least twice annually by the commission designed to measure knowledge and competence in the investigations field.
(b) The provisions of subsection (a)(6)(A) shall not apply to any person who has been issued an investigations company license prior to the effective date of this act and such a license may continue to be renewed in accordance with the provisions of this part or any rules and regulations promulgated by the commission in effect prior to July 1, 2009.
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