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68-140-506. Licenses, permits, and certification.

(a) No person, either as owner, agent or otherwise, shall hereinafter furnish, operate, conduct, maintain, advertise or otherwise engage in or profess to engage in the business or service of transporting patients upon the streets, highways or airways within this state, or the provision of emergency medical services in the state unless such person complies with the provisions of this part and regulations pursuant thereto.
(b) When an employee/member of a not-for-profit service licensed in another state, which at the request of a county or municipal government regularly operates in Tennessee, is certified as a class of emergency medical provider that has no equivalent in Tennessee, that person shall be allowed to practice at such person's level of certification in such other state when acting in Tennessee as a employee/member of that service.
(c) Any person desiring to be licensed, permitted or certified shall apply to the department on forms approved by the board, accompanied by the appropriate fee. The application shall contain such information as the board deems necessary for evaluation.
(d) Prior to issuance of any license hereunder, the department shall cause to be inspected each ambulance service or emergency medical service (vehicles, equipment, personnel, records, premises and operational procedures) annually, or whenever such inspection is deemed necessary. The periodic inspection required hereunder shall be in addition to any other state or local safety or motor vehicle inspection required for ambulances or other motor vehicles under general law or ordinances.
(e) Renewal of any authorization issued under the provisions of this part may be accomplished by paying an appropriate fee, submitting a renewal application, and otherwise complying with the applicable rules of the board.
(f) A separate license shall be required for each service, and a separate permit required for each vehicle authorized for operation pursuant to this part. No form of authorization is transferable. Licenses and permits shall expire on December 31 of the year of issuance.
(g) The issuance of any authorization hereunder shall not be construed so as to authorize any person to provide ambulance services or to operate any ambulance not in conformity with any ordinance or regulation enacted by any county, municipality or special purpose district or authority. No county or municipality shall adopt standards less stringent than state standards and regulations.
(h) Any service licensed in good standing in another state and based in that jurisdiction outside the state of Tennessee, which, at the request of a county or municipality, renders emergency medical services in Tennessee, shall be exempt from licensure and authorized to operate if the service agrees to subject itself to the jurisdiction of the emergency medical services board and the courts of Tennessee in any matter arising from the conduct of ambulance service in Tennessee, and submits a sworn affidavit providing the name, address, location of service, operating officers, and the nature of service to be provided; however, employees of such services shall be licensed in Tennessee as provided by this part.

[Acts 1983, ch. 440, 8; 1986, ch. 586, 2; T.C.A., 68-39-506; Acts 1992, ch. 796, 2; 1994, ch. 962, 1; 1996, ch. 769, 1.]