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Board of Barber Examiners

How to File a Complaint


Dear Complainant:


Below you will find links to download the official complaint form of the State of Tennessee Board of Barber Examiners or an on-line version of that same form. Before you file with our office, the Board requests that you read the following information which explains its function, responsibilities and powers.

  1. The Board was created to enforce the State of Tennessee Barber Examiners Licensing Law & Rules. It has only such powers as the legislature gave it. In order to safeguard the interest of the public, the Board wants to ensure that only those who meet the statutory requirements for licenses are able to obtain them and that those who fail to comply with the laws governing the conduct of the profession are disciplined.
  2. The Board cannot recover or order the refund of any money or property to which you may be entitled. You must institute a civil lawsuit for this purpose and hire your own legal counsel, if necessary. In certain instances, a judge can revoke or suspend the license of the person against whom you are complaining, the Respondent.
  3. Attach legible copies of all pertinent documents, etc. After we receive your completely executed complaint form, we will send a copy of the complaint to the Respondent with the request that he or she reply within 10 days of the postmarked date of receipt. When the response is received by our office, we will send a copy to you. You may respond to the Respondent's answer if you wish.
  4. A Legal Review will take place and if additional information is necessary, your complaint may be forwarded to an Inspector or the Investigation Section. The Inspector/Investigator assigned to the case will seek the additional evidence requested. The Board will review the findings and will take the appropriate action.
  5. If the Board votes to hold a formal hearing, you will most likely be subpoenaed to testify.

Before completing the Complaint Form, please read the following:

Complaints filed with the Board office are considered public information. Anonymous complaints containing advertisements or other independent proof of a violation will be opened as complaint cases and processed according to the normal complaint procedures.  Independent proof is defined as proof which does not depend solely on the statement of the anonymous complaint. Examples of independent proof are photographs, news articles, contracts, reports, advertisements, business cards, and other documentary evidence. All other anonymous complaints may be subject to administrative closure without presentation to the Board.

Print Complaint Form [pdf] | Online Form