Conducting Criminal Record Checks in Tennessee

Home health services and child welfare agencies may require any person applying for employment, either as a paid employee or volunteer, to agree to the release of investigative records for the purpose of verifying the accuracy of criminal violation information contained on their work application. Applicants may also be required to supply fingerprint samples, or submit to a criminal history record check.

Tennessee requires that all employees who have direct contact with, or direct responsibility for individuals with developmental disabilities, supply a fingerprint sample for purposes of a criminal background check to determine if prior criminal convictions exist. The cost of the background check will be paid for by the employer.

Adult day care center personnel are subject to criminal background checks.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is responsible for conducting criminal history checks for licensing security guards.