How do I file a complaint? Once I do, what happens next?

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To file a complaint please select on link below:

 Complaint Website

Click on the profession that coincides with the complaint and the form will appear. All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Please be advised, per standard procedure, the contents of a complaint that is filed will be forwarded in their entirety, to the named Respondent. Submitted complaints are considered a matter of public record. Additionally, this office cannot give legal advice or represent private individuals who seek refunds or reimbursements. Regulatory jurisdiction is limited to seeking discipline against a Respondent’s license. If you feel that you need legal assistance, you should consider contacting private legal counsel.

All complaints submitted to the Tennessee Division of Regulatory Boards are subject to the Public Records Act, T.C.A. Title 10, Chapter 7.


Once a complaint is received by the Board/Commission/Program, it is submitted to the named Respondent for response then forwarded to our legal counsel. If a response is received, a copy is sent to the complainant (if applicable) for review. Legal counsel reviews the file and all documentation and presents the facts to the Board/Commission/Assistant Commissioner at their regularly scheduled meeting(s).  The legal report is presented anonymously so as to not prejudice the Board/Commission/Assistant Commissioner on reaching a decision.  Upon hearing the summary, the Board/Commission/Assistant Commissioner will vote on whether or not they believe the facts of the matter are grounds for discipline.  If they do not feel that there has been a violation, then they will often dismiss the matter.  However, if the Board/Commission/Assistant Commissioner determines that there may be probable cause for discipline, they will authorize a formal hearing but first give an option for the Respondent to settle via a Consent Order.  If the Respondent does not settle via Consent Order, it is then forwarded to a litigating attorney for a formal hearing between the Department and the Respondent.  At times, a Complainant is called upon as a witness in these hearings but is not a party to the litigation. 








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