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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Tennessee
NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS
You need to check eligibility to obtain a Tennessee driver's license. You will then need to fulfill the following:
- Applicants must be at least 16 years old.
- Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and complete the graduated licensing program. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
- Everyone must pass the vision, written, and driving tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
- Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification, two proofs of residency, proof of any name change, your social security number (if you have one) and proof of US citizenship or Permanent Resident Status.
- An application form needs to be filled and submitted at the driver testing center.
NEW RESIDENTSTennessee residents holding a driver's license from another state need to pass only the vision test unless the out-of-state license has expired for over six months, in which case you also need to pass the knowledge and road skills tests. However, like other applicants, new residents must present the social security number, proof of citizenship or permanent residence status and two proofs of residence. The out-of-state license must be surrendered within 30 days of the entry into Tennessee. Non-US citizens who are not US Permanent Residents cannot apply for a Tennessee driver's license. But they can drive within the state using their home country's license for six months after their arrival in the US.
FEESThe cost for a non-commercial (Class D) Tennessee driver's license is $19.50.
VALIDITYThe Tennessee driver's license is usually valid for five years, except during the first term, when it expires on the next birthday divisible by 5, for example the 20th, 25th or 30th birthday.
LEARNER'S LICENSEWith certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Tennessee with a learner's license. See more information on graduated license program here.
- See also Renewing Your License.
- For information on other types of licenses, see Commercial Driver's Licenses, Motorcycle Licenses.
- It is necessary to have active Auto Insurance in order to drive legally in Tennessee.
- New drivers see our Driver Education , Driving Schools, Beginner Drivers and Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers sections.