Many organizations inform consumers about businesses and charities before they use services or donate money. See also Action Guide.
150 4th Avenue N., Suite 180, Nashville, 37219
Provides information and referral on services provided by AARP, including volunteer opportunities and advocacy on state and national issues. For publications on finances, health, home modification, independent living, and more, write: AARP Fulfillment Unit, 601 E Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20049. | Website »
255 N. Peters Road, Suite 102, 37923
Call for reports or to determine if complaints are on file about area businesses; check on charitable organizations. Offers mediation and arbitration to resolve problems and information about scams and other topics of consumer interest, including how to get information about out-of-area businesses (must know ZIP code). | Website »
300 Main Street, Suite 226, 37902 (street)
P. O. Box 1566, 37901 (mailing)
400 Main Street, Room 450, 37902 (street)
P. O. Box 1028, 37901 (mailing)
Informs consumers about local businesses’ licensure status. Check with county and city offices before doing business with providers, particularly those that initiate contact.
109 N. Winona Street, 37917
Focuses on affordable housing for low- and moderate-income persons; offering affordable rent housing; first-time home-buyers’ counseling; foreclosure counseling; and financial fitness education for prospective home buyers. | Website »
1514 E. Fifth Avenue, 37917
Provides free foreclosure counseling, mortgage assistance, workforce development (job interview preparation) and budget and credit classes to help individuals better understand and manage their finances. | Website »
607 W. Summit Hill Drive, 37902
Reviews consumer contracts (home repair, landlord/ tenant, car buying, etc.). Consultation for age 60+ and legal representation for low-income clients in appropriate consumer cases. Call for appointment. | Website »
Call or go online (donotcall.gov) to enroll as a residential telephone subscriber who does not want to be solicited by telemarketers. Effective within 31 days after enrollment; telemarketers are prohibited from calling, unless exempted by law. Registration does not expire. Enroll with both the national register and Tennessee Do Not Call list. | Website »
Toll-free line offered by credit bureaus enables consumers to opt out of pre-approved credit offers sent to their homes for five years or forever, depending on menu option chosen. Can enroll online. | Website »
Takes consumer complaints about unfair trade practices, deception, fraud, or illegal practices in the marketplace. Not for general complaints, but for complaints that involve a business transaction. File a complaint online at tn.gov/consumer.
7175 Strawberry Plains Pike, Suite 201, 37914
Investigates complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. | Website »
Knox County Clerk’s Office, Driver License Division. | Website »
1028 Old Cedar Bluff Road, 37923
7320 Region Lane, 37914
7328 Norris Freeway, 37918
3010 South Mall Road, 37917
11408 Municipal Center Dr., 37934
300 W. Main Avenue, 37902
Provides Tennessee ID card for non-drivers. For initial ID, you must go to the TN Dept. of Safety office in Strawberry Plains. If you already have a non-driver TN ID and need to renew, change name, or get a copy, you can go to any site listed above. For initial ID, provide proof of name and identity, including Social Security ID and certified birth certificate (or other certified document with birthdate) and marriage certificate (for name change), and two proofs of residency. Cost varies. Must be renewed like driver’s license until age 60, then card is permanent. Call for details on locations, hours, and ID required. Disabled persons who cannot drive may qualify for a free permanent ID; see Disability Services.
502 Deaderick Street, 4th Floor, Nashville, 37243
Formerly known as the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA). Monitors quality of services provided by regulated, private, for-profit public utilities such as natural gas companies, electric, water and waste water utilities (not TVA, cell phone or cable TV companies). Investigates and mediates unresolved consumer complaints. | Website »