For Owners, CEOs and Directors
Start a Non-Medical Home Care Company
Starting up a non-medical home care agency in Tennessee is accomplished through the completion of various federal and state registrations. Below you can find web links and contact information for these departments. Obtaining your Federal Employer Identification Number is the best place to start, but don't forget to contact the nearest regional licensing office to receive the home care agency license required by the Department of Mental and Development Disabilities.
Home Care Licensing
You can apply for the required home care license through the Department of Mental & Development Disabilities.
View the regulations for operating as a home care agency by visiting the department website.
Click on Departmental Offices
Select Office of Licensure
Click on Licensure Rules on the
left of the page
Chapters 6 & 38 relate to home care
For an application, contact the regional office nearest you. Go to the above Office of Licensure webpage.
Click on three regional offices
Find the appropriate office contact
Business Name Search
To search in the state of Tennessee, go to the Secretary of State Business Name Search site.
enter your potential name
click Submit Search.
Register Your Business Name / Tax ID # / Unemployment Insurance #
Visit the Tennessee State ONE STOP BUSINESS RESOURCE site to complete all three of these registrations.
Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
A Federal Employment Identification Number is required of all home care companies who will have employees. You may apply (Form SS-4) for an FEIN by calling the Business and Specialty Tax Line weekdays between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern time at 1-800-829-4933. You may also apply online using the Internet EIN Application. For more information visit www.irs.gov/businesses.
State Income Tax Withholding
Tennessee does not have state taxes for employee withholding.
To read about and download forms for Tennessee State Workers' Compensation, go to the state website and search under
Forms and Posting Notice
or click on WC forms to link there directly.
State Management of Medicaid
For any questions about Tennessee state regulations on Medicaid for your business, please contact the:
310 Great Circle Rd.
Nashville, TN 37243
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