Information for Law Enforcement
This page outlines the information that state and local law enforcement agencies need to be aware of and how to interact with program participants.
The Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program is open to all victims of domestic abuse, stalking, human trafficking, rape, sexual battery, or any other sexual offense who satisfy eligibility and application requirements at no cost.
According to T.C.A. § 40-38-606(a), state and local government officials must accept the substitute address as a program participant’s address when creating a new public record. This includes all state and local law enforcement agencies.
New records include:
Program participants are responsible for informing officers that they participate in the Safe at Home Program and are requesting address confidentiality. Officers may request to see the participant’s authorization card to verify participation. Questions regarding the use of the authorization card may be directed to the Safe at Home Program.
The full requirements of written requests for Safe at Home participant information can be found at T.C.A. § 40-38-609. In extreme situations, the chief law enforcement official of a law enforcement agency may make an emergency request for limited disclosure of a participants information, but only in the manner prescribed by the Secretary of State. If you need additional information concerning this process, please contact the Office of the Secretary of State.