From the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance:
In light of the historic flooding that has devastated parts of Tennessee, the Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is encouraging homeowners to verify the licensure of contractors they hire to repair their homes by using http://verify.tn.gov.
“It’s important for residents to not fall prey to fraud artists posing as legitimate, licensed home contractors,” says TDCI Commissioner Leslie A. Newman. “Taking the time to make sure someone is licensed with the state is the fundamental first step when selecting a contractor to work on your home. By all means, use http://verify.tn.gov to see whether the person you’re considering is a licensed contractor.”
When selecting a contractor, it is also important to:
Tennesseans can also check the Department’s monthly Disciplinary Action Reports to see if contractors have engaged in unlicensed activity or have incurred administrative action taken against them by the Department.
Licensing for contractors also carries parameters that govern the types of jobs different licensees are permitted to perform.
The Department of Commerce and Insurance works to protect consumers while ensuring fair competition for industries and professionals who do business in Tennessee.