Tennessee Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
Residents of Tennessee are not required to take a motorcycle training course to receive a motorcycle license. However, residents who do complete the MREP course are exempt from both the motorcycle knowledge test and road skills test when applying for a motorcycle license. Residents will still have to complete a vision screening.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Tennessee

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Yes, residents of Tennessee that ride motorcycles are required to wear a helmet, regardless of age. Helmets should be Department of Transportation- (DOT) compliant, with the faceplate allowing riders to see as far on either side as they need to. Residents should also wear jackets and pants that cover both their arms and legs to completely aid in their safety in the event of an accident.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Tennessee

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
Tennessee residents who are trying to renew car registrations might have the process held up for emissions reasons. If a vehicle requires an emissions inspection, the vehicle must be inspected before the car registration renewal process is begun, as the emissions inspection documentation is needed to move forward. Additionally, if the driver of the vehicle has any suspensions or revocations on their license, they may not be allowed to renew car registrations.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
Tennessee residents who have recently moved can submit an address change request to the DMV through the Tennessee Driver Services website or in person by visiting a local TN Driver Service Location. Drivers have the choice from there of either purchasing a duplicate driver s license with their official address change or keeping their license with their old address. In this manner, a resident s driver s license and car registration could legally be different. However, the Tennessee DMV urges residents to put in an address change request for all official identification material.

For more information: Address Change

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
Tennessee residents who have recently moved from another state to Tennessee may have existing auto insurance coverage from their previous states. In this event, drivers should contact their auto insurance company and inquire as to their transfer policy. It may be possible to switch the coverage over to Tennessee if the company has coverage within the state. Otherwise, drivers must cancel the existing coverage and apply for car insurance in Tennessee.

For more information: Tennessee Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No, Tennessee residents may not renew their CDL license online. Drivers who need to renew CDL licenses must visit a local TN Driver Service center and provide several pieces of documentation proving their identities, legal presence, Tennessee residency and Social Security Number. Tennessee DOT mails out renewal notices within six weeks of the license expiration date, with detailed explanations on how to renew the CDL license.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
Tennessee residents are unable to request certified online driving records due to the private nature of the information on certified driving records. To obtain a certified driving record, residents must visit a local TN Driver Service center and put in a personal request for a full driving record. The fee for driving records in person is $5 (fees may vary).

For more information: Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
The DMV written test can only be taken in person at a local TN Driver Service center. At this location, you will make appointments at different points in time to take the knowledge exam and (if applying for an intermediate license) and the road skills test. Drivers must also present a number of documents in person, including proof of identity, residency, and a signed Minor/Teenage Affidavit.

For more information: Tennessee DMV Practice Test

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
Yes, residents in Tennessee must be at least 18 to receive a CDL license. Residents must also meet the requirements for a class D license before being able to receive a CDL license. Additionally, all Tennessee residents who wish to obtain a CDL license must first hold a commercial drivers license instruction permit.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
Tennessee residents who cannot apply for car registration renewal on their own can have another individual submit the car registration renewal forms for them as long as the individual has all the correct documentation. Documents vary depending on county. Contact the local County Clerk s office for more information on having a third party submit a car registration renewal.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

Do boats need to be registered?
In Tennessee, all residents with a boat must register the vehicle with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. However, boats do not require a title. Additionally, boats that are powered by oars or paddles do not require registration. Boat registration fees are as follows:

  • 16 feet and under: $13 for one year, $24 two years and $35 for three years
  • Over 16 feet and less than 26 feet: $25 for one year, $48 for two years and $71 for three years
  • 26 feet to 39 feet: $38 for one year, $72 for two years and $107 for three years
  • 40 feet or more: $51 for one year, $97 for two years and $142 for three years

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Tennessee

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
Yes, residents of Tennessee do need a license to ride a scooter. The motor-driven cycle license (Class M-limited) is necessary to ride scooters no more than 125 cubic centimeters. Limited class-M motorcycle licenses can be issued to individuals 15 and older. For residents who are 15, the license is only valid between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. within a seven-mile radius of the rider s home. Minors over 16 are restricted at the local DMV s discretion.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Tennessee

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
Tennessee residents who have received traffic ticket fines are only obligated to take defensive driving courses if they have received a court-order to do so after having their license suspended or revoked. However, it is recommended that drivers who have received traffic fines elect to attend traffic school, as successful completion can reduce or eliminate the amount of points assessed to a drivers license following traffic ticket fines.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Tennessee

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
Tennessee drivers with car insurance in the state who are moving to another state will have to check with their auto insurance company to see if they need to get car insurance in the state they are moving to or if they can transfer their existing car insurance. To find out whether or not getting car insurance in the new state is advisable, contact the current auto insurance company at the number provided on the policy documentation. Additionally, contact the auto insurance division of the Department of Transportation in the state that the driver will be moving to.

For more information: Tennessee Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
Residents of Tennessee dealing with a lost or stolen drivers license are encouraged to report the incident immediately to local police. Reporting the theft or loss can help prevent identity theft, while also providing the driver with a police report. Submit a copy of the police report to the Department of Safety when applying for a duplicate drivers license so the department can have the incident on record as well.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Tennessee Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
Residents of Tennessee dealing with a lost or stolen car registration should apply for a duplicate car registration as soon as possible. Additionally, residents should also report the incident to the local police station and receive a police report in response. Submit a copy of this police report to the local county clerk office along with the duplicate car registration forms so that the Tennessee Department of Safety can have the incident on file.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
Tennessee residents who are moving out of state are not required to surrender license plates upon leaving. Tennessee residents are only required to surrender license plates if they are no longer eligible for the special plate they received during their last car registration renewal, or they are replacing a personalized plate with a standard plate.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Tennessee

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
Tennessee residents applying for a learners permit are not required to take a driver s education course to receive their full license. However, residents with a learners permit are required to have 50 hours of driving experience. Residents must have the Certificate of 50 hours Behind the Wheel Driving Experience form signed by a parent, guardian or driving instructor. Additionally, minors who accrue six or more points on their record within a year must take a driver s education course.

For more information: Driving School

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
Residents of Tennessee with damaged car titles are not required to submit the damaged copy when applying for a duplicate car title. The only documents drivers are required to provide are the completed Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title , the $11 duplicate car title fee (fees may vary) and proof that there are no liens on the vehicle. When filing in person, drivers must present proof of identity.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Tennessee

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
Yes, turn in your damaged car registration when requesting a duplicate car registration at a local county clerk office. In the event that it is damaged, residents should attach the damaged car registration copy to the duplicate car registration form upon submission.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
Motorized scooters with a cylinder capacity of 50cc or more need a title and registration. Residents who would like to register a scooter must submit ownership documents to the local TN County Clerk office if the vehicle was purchased brand new. If the scooter is used, residents should submit a certificate of title assigned to them. Residents without ownership documents or a title must submit a completed Certificate of Ownership.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Tennessee

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
Tennessee residents who have purchased a vehicle and need a new car registration may have to get emissions inspection depending on the county the driver is getting car registration in. Emissions inspection requirements must be satisfied before a driver can pay for a new car registration.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Tennessee

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
Tennessee state law requires all licensed drivers operating motor vehicles to have minimum liability in the form of personal injury, death and property damage coverage. Drivers stopped by law enforcement officials or involved in an accident and cannot supply proof of insurance will be assessed a $100 fine. In addition, their drivers license will be suspended until they meet the requirements to reinstate it (fees may vary). Drivers assessed a license suspension due to lack of car insurance must pay the fine and provide proof they have obtained insurance for cars that they are driving.

For more information: Tennessee Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
Tennessee residents who are also military veterans may now get a veteran designation on their ID cards. To receive a veteran designation, residents must visit a local TN Driver Service center and present officials with an original or certified copy of their Department of Defense form 214 (DD-214) discharge papers. Veterans can get a duplicate ID card with the veteran designation for a fee of $8 (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Apply for a Tennessee Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
Tennessee residents who are looking into applying for drivers licenses in the state have a lot of information to sort through regarding drivers license requirements. For a complete one-stop guide, check out the Tennessee Comprehensive Drivers License Manual.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Tennessee

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
Paying traffic tickets is considered an admission of guilt for the violation that resulted in traffic fines. This can result in various consequences, from higher car insurance rates to points assessed on the resident s driver s license. To dispute a traffic ticket, follow the directions on the traffic fines documentation. To pay traffic tickets, residents can choose between online, mail or in person payments. To pay online, visit the associated website for the local county clerk office. To pay by mail, send the traffic fines along with the payment to the address listed on the traffic fines documentation. To pay in person, visit a local county clerk office with the payment.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Tennessee

How can I renew my drivers license?
Tennessee residents with expired drivers licenses may renew online, by mail or in person. To renew drivers license online, visit the Tennessee Online Driver Services page. To renew drivers licenses by mail or in person, submit the necessary forms to a local TN Driver Service Location. The Tennessee DMV mails out drivers license renewal notices within 10 weeks of the expiration date with full instructions on how to renew drivers licenses.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Tennessee

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
In Tennessee, car registration renewals are handled by the county the car is located in. Drivers have the option to renew car registration online or by mail in their car registration renewal. To fill out an online car registration renewal, visit the online application corresponding to the county the car resides in. To apply for car registration renewals by mail, check the List of County Clerk offices for the corresponding address of the county the car resides in.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
Each state has its own regulations for car registration, with most charging a variety of fees and requiring various documents. To find out how to transfer car registrations to the new state, contact the state s DMV by visiting or calling a local DMV office.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Tennessee

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
Residents of Tennessee must apply for commercial drivers licenses in person at a local TN Driver Service center. At the driver service center, residents are required to provide a number of documents as well as their fingerprints if applying for a Hazardous Materials endorsement. In addition, drivers will be required to take the CDL license general knowledge test as well as a CDL license skills test.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
Disabled residents are individuals who walk with difficulty, are confined to a wheelchair or have vision no more than 20/200 with corrective lenses. To apply, fill out a Disabled Person Placard Application form and submit it along with payment (fees may vary):

  • $21.50 annual fee for the disabled license plate
  • $21.50 for permanent disabled placard (expires every two years, renewable for $3)
  • $10 temporary disabled card

There is a $2 replacement fee for lost placards. Placards and plates are free for individuals permanently confined to a wheelchair.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Tennessee

How do I apply for a drivers license?
Tennessee residents who are trying to apply for drivers licenses in the state must visit a local TN Driver Service center. To get drivers licenses, residents must bring a few supporting documents as well as submit to a vision screening. Additionally, new drivers license holders must pass both the knowledge exam and road skills test.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Tennessee

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
Tennessee residents who need to obtain a learners permit must be at least 15 years old. Learners permit applications can be submitted at a local TN Driver Service center. Additionally, residents must pass a vision screening and the Class D knowledge exam. Tennessee residents under 18 must also have a parent or legal guardian appear with them at the DMV office to sign the Minor/Teenage Affidavit. Additionally, minors must have their school sign a Certificate of Compulsory School Attendance affirming that they are enrolled in high school. School attendance forms are valid for 30 days from the date of signature.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Tennessee

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
Tennessee residents who would like to apply for a motorcycle license may do so at a local TN Driver Service center. At the driver service center, residents may take the required knowledge test and road skills test. Residents who already possess a Tennessee driver s license and have completed the Tennessee Certified Motorcycle Rider Education Program (MREP) are exempt from the knowledge and road skills tests. MREP courses must have been completed within three years of applying for a motorcycle license. Residents must also submit to a vision screening as part of the motorcycle drivers license application process.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Tennessee

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
Most residents of Tennessee get car insurance from privately-owned auto coverage companies. Residents who have made an official address change should notify their insurance company in a timely manner by calling and speaking to the customer service department or writing the company a letter. Insurance renewal notices and other important insurance information are mailed to the address on file with the insurance company, so address changing is crucial.

For more information: Address Change

How do I change my address on my car registration?
Residents of Tennessee who have had an official address change must notify the Department of Revenue within 10 days of the address changing. Registration renewal notices are sent to the address on file for each vehicle. Not submitting an address change request in a timely manner can result in residents not receiving their renewal notices, as they cannot be forwarded. To make an address change request, residents should contact the county clerk s office in the county they reside.

For more information: Address Change

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
Tennessee residents holding CDL licenses who have had an official address change must notify the TN DOT of the address changing within 10 days. To do so, residents can make an update either online through the Tennessee Driver Services website or in person by visiting a local TN Driver Service Location. Residents can also submit an address change request in writing by mailing a letter to the following address:

Tennessee Department of Safety

PO BOX 945

Nashville, TN 37202

For more information: Address Change

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
Residents of Tennessee who have had an official address change are required to notify the Tennessee Department of Transportation (DOT) of the address changing within 10 days. Residents can do so either online through the Tennessee Driver Services website or in person at a local TN Driver Service Location. Residents may also update their records by mailing a letter to the following address:

Tennessee Department of Safety

PO BOX 945

Nashville, TN 37202

Drivers who would like a new license that reflects the official address change will be charged a fee up to $16 depending on the type of license carried and how many duplicate licenses the resident has received in the past (fees may vary).

For more information: Address Change

How do I change my address on my ID card?
Residents of Tennessee who would like to reflect an official address change on their state ID card will have to notify the DOT of the address changing within 10 days. Residents can update their records either online through the Tennessee Driver Services website or in person by visiting a local TN Driver Service Location. Residents may also update their records by mailing a letter to the following address:

Tennessee Department of Safety

PO BOX 945

Nashville, TN 37202

The fee for a duplicate ID card that reflects the official address change is $19.50 (fees may vary).

For more information: Address Change

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
Residents of Tennessee enjoy a wide selection of private car insurance companies. Residents who have had an official name change should contact their insurance company s customer service department to submit a name change request. Representatives can also help residents receive a new insurance card reflecting the name changing.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
For Tennessee residents who have had a legal name change, all official name change requests for car registration must be done in person by visiting a local TN County Clerk office for the resident s county. Residents should bring their current car registration with them along with documentation proving their name change. Acceptable documents include: legal name change court order, divorce documentation or marriage license/certificate. Only originals or certified copies are accepted.
How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
Residents of Tennessee who have had an official name change must submit a name change request to the Tennessee DMV. To do so, residents must visit a local TN Driver Service Location with their current driver s license and the original document proving the name change (certified copies also accepted). Residents will be charged a fee that ranges from $8 to $16 depending on the type of driver s license held and how many duplicates the resident has received in the past. ID card replacement fees are $19.50 (fees may vary).

The acceptable documents for proving a name changing include: legal name change court order, divorce documentation or marriage license/certificate.

How do I change my name on my ID card?
Residents of Tennessee who have had an official name change and would like to reflect it on their ID card must submit an official name change request through the Tennessee DMV. To do so, residents must visit a local TN Driver Service Location in person with their current ID card and either a legal name change court order, divorce documentation or marriage license/certificate proving the name change. Only originals or certified copies are accepted. ID card replacement fees are $19.50 (fees may vary).
How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
Residents of Tennessee who have had a legal name change must notify the Social Security Administration first. Residents can do so by filling out an Application for a Social Security card, printing it out and either mailing or personally delivering it to a local Social Security office. Residents will need to attach the following documents to the application:

  • Proof of citizenship
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of name change
How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
Tennessee residents who believe their driving records have been accessed against their will should visit a local TN Driver Service center to file a formal complaint. However, Tennessee driving records are never released with personal identifying information from driver s licenses and car registrations without express permission from the driver.

For more information: Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
Tennessee residents with stolen car registrations should report the theft to the police as soon as they notice the car registration copy is missing. To report a theft, contact the local police department in the county and ask to report a stolen car registration. Keep a copy of the police report to present when applying for a duplicate car registration.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
Tennessee residents dealing with a stolen car title must get it replaced as soon as possible. In the event of a stolen car title, residents should report the theft to local law enforcement and receive a police report. A copy of this police report should be submitted along with duplicate car title application materials to a local county clerk office.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Tennessee

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
The quickest and easiest way to check driving records is online. Tennessee s online driving records cost $7. Residents may also request to check driving records at a local TN Driver Service center where the fee is $5. Residents who can t conduct an online driving record check and can t request a driving record in person can also mail a request to the following address:

Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security

MVR Request

PO BOX 945

Nashville, TN 37202

The fee for mailed requests is $5 (fees may vary). Requests should include the driver s name, birthday and Tennessee driver s license number.

For more information: Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
Residents of Tennessee who need to replace ID cards that have been lost, stolen or damaged must visit a local TN Driver Service center. Residents with digitized photo ID cards may also apply online. Residents will need to provide proof of identity, Social Security Number as well as an original or certified copy of their birth certificates. Additionally, residents must provide proof of Tennessee residency and the ID card replacement fee (fees vary).

For more information: How to Apply for a Tennessee Identification Card

How do I get a hardship license?
Tennessee drivers who have a suspended drivers license and would like to receive a restricted drivers license to use for essential driving tasks (work, religious-related activity or school) must meet certain requirements to be able to apply. Depending on the reason the driver received a drivers licenses suspension, the fees and wait time (time between the assessment of the drivers license suspension and when the driver is eligible to apply for a restricted license) vary. Refer to the restricted license section of the DOS website for more information.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Tennessee

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Residents of Tennessee who have lost or stolen drivers licenses and are members of the military stationed out of state must apply for a duplicate drivers license either online or by mail. To check online application eligibility, visit the Department of Safety s Online Driver Services menu. If ineligible for online drivers license replacement applications, military members should mail their application in to the local county clerk office for their home county in Tennessee. Active-duty military members are also eligible for a Code 30 designation on their license, which allows the military member to use the license without an expiration date.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Tennessee Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
Tennessee residents who have been assessed traffic ticket fines can elect to either pay traffic ticket fines or dispute the ticket. When paying the ticket, drivers will be assessed points on their license that can add up and cause license suspensions. Drivers who believe they were given traffic fines in error can dispute the ticket, and they will receive a court date to appear for the dispute. At court, drivers can argue their case in front of a judge. Once finished, the judge will decide whether the traffic fines are justified or not, at which point the driver will either have to pay for the ticket or have it dismissed. Traffic ticket fines can be dismissed if the evidence against the driver is clear and accurate.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Tennessee

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
Under the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act, only certain individuals and organizations are allowed to access a driver s official driving record. These organizations include:

  • Government agencies
  • Employers
  • Insurance companies
  • Law enforcement

Residents of Tennessee who would like to check driving records of another individual will need to provide the driver s name, birth date and Tennessee driver s license number. There are three ways to check driving records in Tennessee:

  • Online Driving Records requests
  • Driving record check in person at a local TN Driver Service center
  • Mail request to:

MVR Request

PO BOX 945

Nashville, TN 37202

Fees for driving record checks are $5 for mail/in-person and $7 for online (fees may vary). Requests made in person must be accompanied by a notarized statement from the driver authorizing their driving record to be released.

For more information: Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
Tennessee residents who have damaged, stolen or lost car registrations can apply for a duplicate car registration through the Tennessee Department of Revenue (DOR). Residents who need a car registration copy should submit a letter with their license plate number and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the local county clerk office. The letter should be accompanied by the $3 duplicate car registration fee, along with an additional $0.50 if the car registration copy needs to be certified (fees may vary).

Residents who need replacement license plates should fill out an Application for Duplicate/Replacement License Plate or Decal and submit it along with the associated fee to the local county clerk office.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
Tennessee residents dealing with a lost or stolen car title must apply for a replacement as soon as they notice the loss/theft. To apply, residents should submit a completed Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title to their local county clerk office. Fees for duplicate car titles are $11 (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Tennessee

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
Residents of Tennessee dealing with lost, damaged or stolen drivers licenses should apply for a drivers license replacement as soon as possible. Depending on the type of license and how many times it has been renewed, drivers may have the options to apply for a duplicate drivers license online, through mail or in person. Drivers who would like to apply for a drivers license replacement online should visit the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Online Driver Services menu. Drivers who wish to apply for a drivers license replacement by mail or in person should refer to a local county clerk office.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Tennessee Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
Tennessee resident with a salvaged vehicle must apply for a salvage certificate by mailing an Application for Tennessee Salvage Certificate to the Tennessee Department of Revenue s (DOR s) Special Investigations Unit. When mailing the application, the vehicle s original title should be attached. Vehicles with salvage certificates are not legally allowed to be operated on Tennessee roadways.

However, residents of Tennessee who have obtained and rebuilt a salvaged vehicle may convert their Salvage Certificate to a Tennessee car title. To do so, fill out an Application for Motor Vehicle Identification Certification and mail it in to the Tennessee Department of Revenue s (DOR s) Special Investigations Unit along with the following:

  • Salvage Certificate
  • Receipts for all installed parts
  • Photos of vehicle in wrecked condition
  • Conversion fee of $75 (fees may vary)

Many vehicles will require further inspection before a new title will be issued. Once the vehicle has passed inspection, the Salvage Certificate will be stamped. At that point, the applicant can take the returned materials to a local county clerk office and receive their new title and registration.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Tennessee

How do I obtain car registration?
To register cars in Tennessee, start by filing an Application for Certificate of Title and Registration at the local TN County Clerk office. Applications must be filed in person. If the county the resident lives in requires emissions testing, the car will have to be tested before the resident pays the fees and received the new car registration.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Tennessee

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
Drivers in Tennessee who have a suspended drivers license due to frequent moving violations may reinstate suspended drivers licenses after serving their suspension period. From there, drivers have three options to reinstate suspended drivers licenses: online, by mail or in person. To reinstate suspended drivers licenses online, visit the Tennessee Online Driver Services menu.

To reinstate suspended drivers licenses by mail, send a written request with the driver s full name, date of birth, driver license number, Social Security Number (if applicable), current mailing address, reason for drivers license suspension and a daytime phone number to the following address:

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

Financial Responsibility

PO BOX 945

Nashville, TN 37202

To reinstate suspended drivers licenses in person, drivers should visit one of the Suspended Drivers License Reinstatement Centers in Davidson County, Knox County, Greene County, Obion County, Hamilton County or Shelby County.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Tennessee

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
By applying for and receiving a drivers license, Tennessee drivers have agreed to implied consent concerning blood alcohol concentration (BAC) testing during traffic stops. Drivers who refuse to take a BAC test when asked by a law enforcement official will automatically have their drivers licenses suspended and may still be assessed a DUI citation if the officer is able to prove intoxication through other methods. Suspension periods for refusing BAC tests are as follows:

  • First offense: One-year suspension
  • Second offense: Two-year suspension

Drivers must wait the entire suspension period before applying to reinstate their drivers license.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Tennessee

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
Residents of Tennessee with suspended drivers licenses can reinstate their licenses in three different ways: online, by mail or in person. To reinstate suspended drivers licenses online, drivers should visit the Tennessee DOS Online Driver Services menu. To reinstate suspended drivers licenses by mail, send a written request with the driver s full name, date of birth, driver license number, Social Security Number (if applicable), current mailing address, reason for drivers license suspension and a daytime phone number to the following address:

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

Financial Responsibility

PO BOX 945

Nashville, TN 37202

To reinstate suspended drivers licenses in person, drivers should visit one of the Suspended Drivers License Reinstatement Centers in Davidson County, Knox County, Greene County, Obion County, Hamilton County or Shelby County.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Tennessee

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
Tennessee residents who have received traffic ticket fines have a few options for resolving traffic fines. Disputing a ticket will give the driver a chance to argue their case in front of a judge and possibly have the ticket dismissed. However, if the ticket is not dismissed, the driver will have to pay the ticket and any associated court fees.

For drivers who would just like to pay traffic tickets, they can do so online, by mail or in person through their local county clerk office. When paying traffic ticket fines, drivers will be assessed points based on the DOS s Schedule of Point Values. To reduce the amount of points assessed, drivers can take an approved driving school course.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Tennessee

How do I renew my driving permit?
Learners permits issued to Tennessee residents are typically good for one year, at which point a driver can renew or graduate to an intermediate license if they have met the minimum requirements. Drivers will receive a renewal notice within 10 weeks of the expiration date with instructions on how to renew licenses and permits. Learners permits and intermediate license renewals must be conducted in person at a local TN Driver Service center.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Tennessee

How do I renew my ID card?
Residents in Tennessee who would like to renew ID cards can do so by visiting a local TN Driver Service center. Residents over 65 do not have to renew their ID cards. Residents who are applying for ID card renewal must bring two forms of identification with them, with one of them being a primary identification. Residents must also provide proof of Social Security Number or sworn Social Security Number Affidavit (if no Social Security Number). In addition, residents must provide proof of Tennessee residency and the ID card renewal fee (fees vary).

For more information: How to Apply for a Tennessee Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Active-duty military members can renew drivers licenses indefinitely by applying a Code 30 to their drivers licenses. Military members with Code 30 licenses must meet the following criteria:

  • Active-duty
  • Based outside of Tennessee
  • License hasn t been surrendered, suspended or canceled

Tennessee military members who would like to place a Code 30 on their drivers license must submit a notarized copy of their military card (front and back) and a copy of their military orders verifying the active duty status. Discharged military members must renew their licenses within 60 days.

Military members applying for a Code 30 should send the required documents to:

Tennessee Department of Safety

Cashier s Office

PO Box 945

Nashville, TN 37202

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Tennessee

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
Residents of Tennessee who hold commercial drivers licenses must keep the DOT updated on their medical certification status. When a driver s medical examiner certificate is set to expire, drivers must have a new medical exam and receive a new medical certificate from the examiner. Drivers must then provide the Department of Transportation with a copy of the new certificate.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
Residents of Tennessee who hold a class M motorcycle license will be sent a renewal notice from the Tennessee DMV within six weeks of the expiration date. Renewal notices give full instructions on how to renew motorcycle licenses, as well as the information necessary to renew. Residents may renew motorcycle licenses online, by mail or in person at a local TN Driver Service center. Drivers may not renew motorcycle licenses online if they renewed online during their last expiration period, if they have a commercial driver s license or their license expired over five years ago. To renew by mail, send the renewal notice and fees to:

Tennessee Department of Safety

Cashier’s Office

P.O. Box 560

Nashville, TN 37249-1000.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Tennessee

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
Non-U.S. citizens follow the same procedures for drivers license replacement as U.S. citizens in Tennessee. However, drivers who hold a Temporary Driver License or Temporary Identification License must apply for a duplicate drivers license in person at a local county clerk office. There, drivers will be required to provide proof of current legal presence in the U.S., as well as two proofs of Tennessee residency.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Tennessee Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
Residents of Tennessee who have lost or stolen drivers licenses while out of state can apply for a duplicate drivers license either online or through the mail depending on the type of license they have and whether or not they ve had an online replacement before. Online Driver Services are available on the Department of Safety and Homeland Security s website. Addresses for mailing in drivers license replacement application are available for each local county clerk office.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Tennessee Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
New Tennessee residents bringing their vehicle from their past state of residence to Tennessee must submit an application for car title transfers in the county they currently reside in. To do so, visit a local county clerk office and fill out an Application for Certificate Title and Registration. If the county the resident has moved to requires emissions testing, the applicant will have to have their vehicle tested before they can apply and pay the car title transfer fee. When applying to transfer car titles, residents must provide the following items to the county clerk s office:

  • Application for car title transfer
  • Passed emissions certificate (if applicable)
  • Most current out-of-state registration
  • Most current title (if no liens on the vehicle)
  • Name and address of lien holder (if applicable)
  • Proof of identification
  • Proof of residency

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Tennessee

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
Tennessee residents who have lost a car title and would like to initiate a car title transfer must visit a local county clerk office and first fill out an Application for a Duplicate Certificate of Title. After completing all the forms and paying the $11 duplicate car title fee (fees may vary), residents should take their duplicate car title and continue the car title transfer process at the local county clerk. To do so, residents should fill out a Certificate of Title and Registration application and submit it along with other required documents. Required items include current vehicle registration, proof of identity, proof of Tennessee residency and the car title transfer fee.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Tennessee

How do I transfer my car title?
Tennessee residents looking to transfer car titles within the state must start the process by filling out a Certificate of Title and Registration application. The car title transfer application must be filed through the local county clerk office in the county the car resides in. If county regulations require emissions testing on newly-registered vehicles, the resident will need to have the car tested prior to visiting the county clerk s office and paying the car title transfer fee.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Tennessee

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
Residents of Tennessee owning recreational vehicles (RVs) who would like to transfer car titles must go through the same process as other vehicles in the state. To initiate a car title transfer for an RV, residents should visit a local county clerk office and fill out a Certificate of Title and Registration application in the county the vehicle resides in. Depending on the county, applicants may need to have the vehicle emission inspected before visiting the county clerk and paying the car title transfer fee. Drivers will also need to provide proof of identity and proof of Tennessee residency.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Tennessee

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
Residents of Tennessee who are active military members and would like to receive a motorcycle license can apply for one at a local TN Driver Service center. Military members stationed out of state may be eligible for a Code 30 designation on their license as well, which indicates the license does not expire. To receive a Code 30 designation, military members should visit a service center and provide them with the following documentation:

  • Notarized copy of military ID (front and back)
  • Copy of military orders showing stationed base outside of Tennessee

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Tennessee

How does the DMV check my vision?
Residents of Tennessee applying for drivers licenses must submit to a vision screening test upon applying in person at a local TN Driver Service center. During the test, officials will check to make sure the driver has at least 20/40 vision in each individual eye as well as both eyes together. Applicants who do not pass the test must visit an eye specialist before receiving a drivers license.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Tennessee

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
Tennessee residents who have obtained a learners permit and are under 18 must carry the driving permit for at least 180 days before applying to receive an intermediate license. Intermediate licenses can be obtained by residents 16 and over. Residents who have accumulated six or more demerit points on their license before the required 180 days are up must wait until their record has been violation-free for 180 days before applying for an intermediate license.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Tennessee

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
Residents of Tennessee who have lost or stolen car titles do not have the option of applying for a car title replacement online. Residents must submit a completed Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title to a local county clerk office. Applicants submitting in person will receive their car title immediately. Applicants submitting by mail can check the status of their application by contacting the Department of Revenue at 615-253-0600.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Tennessee

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
Drivers in Tennessee with valid drivers licenses are subject to BAC tests by law enforcement officials under implied consent regulations. Drivers who refuse a BAC test are automatically given a one-year drivers license suspension. To reinstate suspended drivers licenses after a BAC test refusal, drivers must serve the entire suspension then pay their suspended drivers license reinstatement fee. Drivers with suspended drivers licenses for this reason are eligible for a restricted license.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Tennessee

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
Residents applying in person at a local TN Driver Service center will receive their ID cards at the drivers license office center. Residents applying for ID card renewal or ID card replacement online will receive their ID cards within three weeks.

For more information: Apply ID Cards

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
Tennessee drivers are subject to the Tennessee driver point system which assesses points to a driving record for moving violations committed in the state. For adult drivers, accumulating 12 or more points in a 12-month period will receive a suspension ranging from six months to one year. For minors, six or more points in a 12-month period will be assessed a suspension period determined by the court the case is assigned to.

For more information: Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
Tennessee drivers who have accumulated 12 or more points on their driving record in a 12-month period have the opportunity to attend an administrative hearing before receiving a suspension. At these hearings, drivers are typically ordered to attend driving school in lieu of the suspension. Upon successful completion of the course, the suspension is lifted and the driver can resume activities. However, Tennessee also has a Frequent Traffic Violation Suspension policy in which drivers that continuously violate traffic laws will have their licenses suspended indefinitely.

For more information: Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
Residents of Tennessee who have had an official name change must submit a name change request to the DMV in person at a local TN Driver Service Location. However, to update vehicle registration, residents must notify their local county clerk. At the county clerk s office, residents can receive a duplicate car registration reflecting their new name. The fee for a duplicate car registration is $3 (fees may vary).
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
Tennessee residents who have had an official name change must submit a name change request to a few departments, including the DMV and the county clerk. Residents who would like to reflect the name changing on their car title must submit an Application for a Duplicate Title to their local TN County Clerk office either by mail or in-person. The fee for a duplicate title is $11 (fees may vary). Residents must provide proof of identification if applying in-person.
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
Tennessee residents who have had an official name change must submit a name change request to the DMV in person at a local TN Driver Service Location. After notifying the DMV of the name change, residents will have to replace their driver s license and/or ID card. Driver s license replacement fees range from $8 to $16 depending on both the type of license and how many duplicates the resident has received in the past. ID card replacement fees are $19.50.
How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
Residents of Tennessee with commercial drivers licenses will receive a renewal notice from the DOT approximately six weeks prior to the CDL license expiration date. CDL licenses must be renewed in person at a local TN Driver Service center. Drivers must bring their current CDL license, identification documentation and the renewal notice. Additionally, drivers should bring the CDL license renewal fee (fees vary).

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
Tennessee drivers with approaching expiration dates should receive drivers license renewal notices in the mail within 10 weeks of their license expiring. However, drivers can apply for drivers license renewal up to a year prior to their expiration date.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Tennessee

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
Inherited vehicles must go through the car title transfer process to switch the car title from the previous owner s name to the new owner s. To do so, residents should visit a local county clerk office and fill out an application for car title transfer. Along with the application, residents must also provide the existing title and a copy of the previous owner s death certificate. Applications filed within a year of the deceased passing do not have to pay a fee. Residents may also have to fill out and submit an Affidavit of Inheritance.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Tennessee

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
As the Tennessee DOR handles car registration renewals on a county-by-county basis, residents in some counties may have different penalties for late car registration than residents in other counties. To find out how to go about renewing car registrations late and find out the associated late fees, contact the corresponding County Clerk s office.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
Tennessee drivers with lost or stolen drivers licenses who have filed a police report and provided a copy to the Tennessee Department of Safety are not eligible to have their replacement fee waived. However, having a police report on file (especially in the case of stolen drivers licenses) can help drivers avoid future identity theft situations.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Tennessee Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
Tennessee residents who have been in an accident are required to provide proof of insurance for cars and report any property damage when the accident has resulted in any injuries, deaths or property damage over $400. Drivers can report an accident by contacting the Tennessee DOS, or filling out a Tennessee Owner/Driver Report and submitting it by mail to the DOS. Drivers can provide proof of insurance in the form of an insurance ID card, insurance binder or a declaration page from the insurance company detailing the policy.

For more information: Tennessee Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
All licensed drivers in Tennessee who are operating vehicles for any amount of time are required to have minimum liability insurance that covers bodily injury, death and property damage. Drivers found to be lacking the minimum insurance requirements will be assessed a fine and have their driver s licenses suspended until they meet the minimum requirements for reinstatement. In addition, their car registration will be placed on hold, which prohibits drivers from renewing car registration until their driver s license is reinstated.

For more information: Tennessee Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
Tennessee residents who have lost their traffic ticket fines documentation have a couple of options for retrieving the information. Depending on the Tennessee county the traffic fines were received in, residents may be able to visit the local county clerk office website and find the information online. Many counties also allow residents to pay traffic tickets online. For residents without internet access, there is also the option of visiting a local county clerk office in person and asking them to look up the traffic ticket fines documentation on the Department of Safety (DOS) computer database. At the local county clerk office, residents may also dispute or pay traffic tickets.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Tennessee

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
Currently, Tennessee residents who have been issued non-digitized ID cards can only replace them by visiting a local TN Driver Service center. For more information on replacing non-digitized ID cards, call the Tennessee Department of Safety at 615-251-5166.

Tennessee residents who have lost a digitized photo ID card while out of state may apply for ID card replacements online. Residents will be asked to provide proof of identity, Social Security and Tennessee residence. Residents will also have to pay the ID card replacement fee (fees vary).

For more information: How to Apply for a Tennessee Identification Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
Residents of Tennessee who have had a license confiscated due to DWI or DUI citations must fulfill all suspension/revocation periods and other requirements before they will be allowed to reinstate drivers license privileges. Once the requirements are fulfilled, the driver must pay the drivers license reinstatement fee which varies based on the level of the initial DUI or DWI offense.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Tennessee

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
Tennessee residents who have misplaced or stolen personalized license plates must apply for a duplicate license plate. To do so, submit a completed Application for Duplicate/Replacement License Plate or Decal to a local county clerk office. Depending on the county, residents may also have to complete an Application for Personalized License Plate. Check with the county clerk s office for associated fees.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
Yes, residents in Tennessee must be at least 18 to receive a CDL license. Residents must also meet the requirements for a class D license before being able to receive a CDL license. Additionally, all Tennessee residents who wish to obtain a CDL license must first hold a commercial drivers license instruction permit.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
Tennessee residents with regular class D drivers licenses must meet certain age requirements to receive their initial licenses. There is no age limit for when a resident can renew a license. Senior drivers may renew indefinitely as long as they are able to pass the vision screening.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Tennessee

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
Tennessee drivers are required to provide documentation proving car registration to law enforcement officials whenever asked during a traffic stop. For this reason, it is recommended that drivers keep car registration documents in a safe place in their car. However, driver s licenses should be kept on the person.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Tennessee

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
Residents of Tennessee applying for drivers license replacements in person will receive their duplicate drivers licenses at the local county clerk office where they submit their application. Drivers who submit their application online or by mail will receive their duplicate drivers license within three weeks. The license will be mailed to the address on record for the individual if they still reside at the same address printed on the original drivers license. Military members who are out of state will have their drivers licenses sent to whichever address they provide on the drivers license replacement application.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Tennessee Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
Senior drivers in Tennessee whose drivers license has expired are subject to the same drivers license renewal policies as every other legal driver in the state. Drivers can renew their drivers licenses either online at a TN Driver Service center. When renewing online, drivers should print out the confirmation page they receive at the end of the drivers license application process to serve as their drivers license until the physical license arrives in the mail.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Tennessee

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
Tennessee residents can have a variety of reasons to transfer car titles. Car title transfers take place at local county clerk offices and require residents to pay a small fee and possibly have their vehicle checked for proper emissions. Reasons why residents in Tennessee need to transfer car titles include:

  • Purchasing a used vehicle
  • Selling a used vehicle
  • Moving a vehicle from another state to Tennessee
  • Moving a vehicle from Tennessee to another state
  • Death of a family member/vehicle inheritance
  • Vehicle awarded in divorce

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Tennessee

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
Tennessee drivers who violate certain laws while on the road will be assessed a suspended drivers license by the Tennessee Department of Safety (DOS). Drivers license suspensions can be the result of a number of violations including:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Excessive moving violations
  • Operating a motor vehicle without state-mandated car insurance
  • Failing to stop after an accident
  • Reckless driving, illegal street racing or other driving-related violations
  • Operating a motor vehicle without a driver s license
  • Failing to pay child support

For more information: Suspended License Information for Tennessee

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
To receive a motorcycle license, residents must be 15 years old or older. Minors who are 15 are eligible for a motorcycle learner permit provided the following holds true:

  • Cylinder size of motorcycle must not be larger than 650cc
  • No passengers
  • Operate during daylight only
  • Maximum twenty mile radius of home

At 16, drivers with a motorcycle learner permit may return to a local TN Driver Service center to receive a full motorcycle driving license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Tennessee

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
Residents of Tennessee who hold a CDL license may apply for a number of endorsements to accompany their CDL license. Possible endorsements include:

  • Double and triple trailers
  • Passengers
  • Tank vehicles
  • Hazardous materials
  • School buses

Each of the endorsements requires a test to have the endorsement placed on the CDL license.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
Drivers in Tennessee with suspended drivers licenses are prohibited from operating motor vehicles until the suspended drivers license reinstatement. Drivers who operate motor vehicles with a suspended drivers license can be charged with a Class A or Class B misdemeanor. Drivers are charged with Class B misdemeanors for a first offense which includes penalties of six months jail time and a $500 fine. For a second offense in 10 years, a Class A misdemeanor is assessed with penalties including up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a maximum $2,500 fine.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Tennessee

What are the different types of driving records?
Tennessee residents conducting a driving record check can receive one type of driving record from the DMV. Otherwise known as a Moving Violation Report (MVR), Tennessee driving records include a variety of information on a driver, including: revocations/suspensions, accidents and points accrued, traffic violations and any license endorsements/classifications. No personal identifying information is included on an MVR unless the driver requests that it be released on the report.

For more information: Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
Depending on the age of the ID card applicant, Tennessee residents will pay different fees. ID card applicants under 18 must pay $5, while ID card applicants over 18 must pay $9.50. ID card renewal fees are $1.50.

For more information: How to Apply for a Tennessee Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
Tennessee drivers who have lost, damaged or stolen drivers licenses must apply for a duplicate drivers license with a local county clerk office. Application materials should include the drivers license replacement fee of $8 for an initial duplicate drivers license, while subsequent drivers license fees are $12 (fees may vary).

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Tennessee Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
Drivers in Tennessee with a learners permit have a number of restrictions for day-to-day driving. Minors holding a learners permit cannot operate a vehicle between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Additionally, drivers with learners permits must be accompanied by a licensed driver over 21, and all individuals under 18 must be wearing a seatbelt.

For more information: Learners Permit for Beginner Drivers

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
Residents of Tennessee applying for a commercial drivers license must meet a few medical certification requirements before receiving a CDL license. The requirements are based on whether or not the resident will be driving interstate or intrastate, as well as whether or not the driver is exempt from medical certification requirements due to the type of driving they will do. Drivers who are interstate non-excepted or intrastate non-excepted must meet the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) medical card requirements.

To self-certify for CDL license medical certifications, fill out the Supplemental Application for Commercial Drivers License according to the self-certification instructions. Then mail the form along with a copy of the resident s medical examiner certificate to the following address:

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

Commercial Driver License Division

1148 Foster Avenue

Nashville, TN 37243

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
There are a few situations in which a Tennessee resident would need to obtain a duplicate car registration. In the event that the registration is stolen or lost, drivers will need to apply for a duplicate car registration immediately, in addition to reporting the loss or theft to the local police. If the car registration is damaged to the point where it is no longer legible, drivers will also need to obtain a duplicate car registration.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
Drivers younger than 18 who carry learners permit will receive greater penalties than drivers 18 and older. Learner s permit drivers are not allowed to operate a vehicle between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and must have a licensed driver over 21 in the car with them at all times.

Minors who get tickets face added restrictions based on the offense and the amount of points assessed to the driver s license because of it. Learner s permit drivers with six or more points in the space of 180 days must wait until their record has been cleared for 180 days before applying for an intermediate restricted license. Also, drivers less than 18 who have received six or more points on their license in the space of 12 months will have their licenses suspended pending an administrative hearing.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Tennessee

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
Tennessee residents stopped by law enforcement officials and found to be over the legal limit of blood alcohol content will be arrested and assessed DUI citations. DUI citations carry a number of different penalties ranging in severity depending on how many prior offenses the driver has had. Penalties include:

  • Jail time (from two days to 30 years depending on whether or not there was an injury or death resulting from the incident).
  • Driver s license revocation (from one year to lifetime revocation).
  • Required to participate in Alcohol and Drug Treatment program.
  • Fines ranging from $350 to $15,000 (not including license reinstatement fees).
  • Ignition Interlock Device requirement in vehicle.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Tennessee

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
Fees for suspended drivers license reinstatement in Tennessee vary on the reason the drivers license suspension was assessed in the first place. To find out how much the fees for a suspended drivers license are, contact a local TN Driver Service Location or visit the DOS Online Driver Services menu.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Tennessee

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
Car registration fees vary depending on a number of factors, like the weight and size of the vehicle, the county the vehicle is registered in and whether the driver needs a specialized license plate.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Tennessee

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
Tennessee residents dealing with a lost or stolen car title should submit a completed Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title to a local county clerk office. As part of the submission, residents will be required to pay an $11 car title replacement fee. Additional fees may apply depending on the county the driver resides in.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Tennessee

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
Tennessee drivers with lost or stolen car registrations must apply for a duplicate car registration as soon as possible. Duplicate car registrations come with a small fee depending on what the driver needs replaced. If the car registration card has been lost, the duplicate car registration fee is $3 ($3.50 for a certified copy). For replacement license plates, the fee is $11.75. For replacement license plate stickers, there is no fee.

Fees may vary.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
As Tennessee car registration renewals are handled by each individual county, the requirements for renewing car registration in the state vary. Fees for car registration renewal range from $26 to $100 depending on the county, and depend on the vehicle model and weight.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
Residents of Tennessee who own a three-wheel motorcycle must go through the same application process as with a two-wheel motorcycle. During the road skills test portion of the motorcycle license application process, the resident will have to pass while using a three-wheel motorcycle if that is the type of vehicle they will be operating.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Tennessee

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
Drivers in Tennessee are eligible for restricted licenses after committing certain offenses that result in a suspended drivers license. Restricted licenses are available to drivers with suspended drivers licenses as a result of the following:

  • 18 to 20 years old with a first or second alcohol beverage offense
  • DrugFree Youth Act first or second drug offense
  • Court-ordered suspension
  • DUI first or second offense (must wait 90 days for first offense before applying, one year for second)
  • Leaving scene of accident
  • Frequent traffic violations
  • Implied consent refusal to test blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
  • Drag racing
  • Failure to pay citation

For more information: Suspended License Information for Tennessee

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
Residents of Tennessee who are applying for drivers licenses in the state will have to take both a knowledge exam and a road skills test to receive their drivers license. Residents who fail either the written test, road test or both must wait seven days before they can return to take them again. The seven day waiting period applies to every attempt made after the first as well.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Tennessee

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
Residents of Tennessee who would like to obtain a learners permit must provide the following documents when applying at a local TN Driver Service center:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent resident status, or proof of authorization to stay in U.S.
  • Two proofs of identity (one primary, one secondary)
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
  • Two proofs of Tennessee residency
  • Social Security Number (or sworn SSN Affidavit)
  • Proof of school attendance and progress (if applicable)
  • Minor/Teenage Affidavit signed by parent or guardian
  • Certification of 50 Hours Behind the Wheel Driving Experience form

Residents can apply for a learners permit at any full-service local TN Driver Service center.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Tennessee

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
Tennessee residents who would like to apply for a motorcycle license must provide copies of a few documents when visiting a local TN Driver Service center. Documents include:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (if not a U.S. resident, proof of lawful permanent resident status or other proof of legal authorization to stay in U.S.)
  • Two proofs of identity
  • Two proofs of Tennessee residency
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
  • Social Security number or sworn Social Security affidavit (if no Social Security number)

All documents must be originals or certified copies. Residents under 18 without a class D driver s license must also provide proof of school attendance/progress, as well as the Minor/Teenage Affidavit.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Tennessee

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
Residents of Tennessee looking to get drivers licenses must bring a few supporting documents with them when visiting the local TN Driver Service center. Documents include:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (or, if not U.S. citizen, proof of lawful permanent resident status or proof of authorized stay in U.S.)
  • Two proofs of identity (one primary)
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
  • Two proofs of Tennessee residency
  • Social Security number or sworn Social Security affidavit
  • (if no Social Security Number)
  • New drivers license fee of $19.50 (fees may vary)

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Tennessee

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
Depending on the method a Tennessee driver uses to submit the Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title (mail or in person), there are a few documents drivers will have to submit along with the application. For mailed submissions, the following documents are required:

  • Completed Duplicate Car Title Application
  • $11 duplicate car title fee (fees may vary)
  • Proof of discharged liens (if applicable; if liens present, lien holder must submit duplicate car title request)

For residents applying for a duplicate car titles in person, the following documents are required:

  • Proof of identification
  • If somebody other than the owner applying, proof of identity as well as a notarized power of attorney from owner

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Tennessee

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
Residents of Tennessee may be required on a few different occasions to provide proof of Tennessee residency to the DMV (during an official address change request). There a few documents that fit in the category of Tennessee residency proof. Residents will be asked to provide two of the following:

  • Recent utility bill (telephone[landline only], electric, water, gas or cable)
  • Recent bank statement
  • Recent rental or mortgage contract
  • Official employer verification of address form (or letter from employer on company letterhead with original signature)
  • Recent paycheck stub, work ID or badge, if address is included
  • Recent auto, life or health insurance policy paperwork
  • Valid driver s license or ID card issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety to a parent, legal guardian or spouse of applicant
  • Tennessee motor vehicle registration or title
  • Tennessee voter registration
  • IRS W-2 form from last 12 months
  • Receipt for personal property or real estate taxes paid within past year
  • Student photo ID with acceptable documentation from the Dean or Bursar Office proving student lives on or around campus

For more information: Address Change

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
Tennessee residents who have had an official address change and are not U.S. citizens must follow the same rules for submitting an address change request as residents who are U.S. citizens. Address change request can be submitted through the Tennessee Driver Services website or in person by visiting a local TN Driver Service Location. The fee for a duplicate driver s license that reflects the official address change will range from $8 to $16, while a duplicate ID card is $19.50 (fees may vary).

For more information: Address Change

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
Residents applying for a duplicate registration card in the state of Tennessee may need to provide certain documents. If applying in person at a local county clerk office, drivers should bring a letter with the details of their vehicle s license plate number and VIN. Additionally, if their registration card is damaged, the damaged copy should be attached. If the resident is applying for a new license plate, they should bring a completed Application for Duplicate/Replacement License Plate or Decal. Submit the forms and associated fees along with a police report if the registration/license plates were stolen.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
Tennessee residents who are registering cars they have just purchased must present a few documents before receiving their new car registration. Required documents include:

  • Passed emissions certificate (if applicable)
  • Current out-of-state registration (if applicable)
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residency
  • Name and address of lien holder, or
  • Out-of-state title

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Tennessee

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
Depending on the county that a vehicle is registered in, renewing car registration may require a few documents. Documents that Tennessee residents may be required to provide include:

  • Emissions test documentation
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residency
  • Car registration renewal notice

For more information on how to renew car registrations in each county, refer to the car registration renewal notice sent out by the Tennessee Department of Revenue (DOR) prior to the car registration expiration date. Residents may also refer to the corresponding DOR website for their county.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
Drivers applying to renew driving licenses online must provide their driver s license number as well as their Social Security Number. Drivers who are applying in person should bring either their expired drivers license or two proofs of identity if the expired license isn t present.

Tennessee drivers who are applying for drivers license renewals by mail will need to provide the following:

  • Letter with full name, address, date of birth, phone number and Tennessee driver s license number
  • Two proofs of identity (notarized copies)
  • Proof of inability to apply in-person (i.e. military ID)
  • Check or money order for drivers license renewal fee.

Drivers license renewal fees vary by license type. Renewal notices are sent out to Tennessee drivers approximately 10 weeks before the driver s license expiration date.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Tennessee

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
Residents of Tennessee who need to transfer car titles within the state must bring a few documents with them when visiting a local county clerk office to apply. Required documents for car title transfers include:

  • Application for Certificate of Title and Registration
  • Passed emissions certificate (if applicable)
  • Current registration
  • Current title (if applicable)
  • Name and address of car s lien holder (if applicable)
  • Proof of identification
  • Proof of Tennessee residency

Car title transfer fees vary by county.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Tennessee

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
Drivers in Tennessee who have lost, damaged or stolen drivers licenses will need to apply for a duplicate drivers license either online or through a local county clerk office. Required documents and fees when applying for a drivers license replacement include:

  • Proof of identity
  • Required documentation for proof of any changes to drivers license information (date of birth, gender and name)
  • $8 fee for first duplicate, $12 for subsequent duplicates (fees may vary)

If the lost or stolen drivers license was set to expire within a year, drivers may simply renew their drivers license instead of applying for a duplicate.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Tennessee Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
Residents of Tennessee who are applying for a motorcycle license mist pass both a general knowledge test and road skills test. Residents of Tennessee who have taken an MREP course are exempt from taking these exams. Exempt residents must still pass a vision screening.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Tennessee

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
Residents of Tennessee dealing with a lost or stolen car title must apply for a duplicate car title the moment they have the chance. To do so, submit a completed Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title and submit it along with supporting documents and applicable fees to a local county clerk office. Additional fees and requirements may apply depending on the county.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Tennessee

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
Drivers with commercial driver s licenses in the state of Tennessee are subject to stricter restrictions regarding their driving habits in the state. For instance, any alcohol-related incidents where the driver is behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle with any amount of alcohol in their system even if it is below the legal limit will be decommissioned from driving the vehicle for at least 24 hours. Likewise, most violations that result in CDL suspensions will result in a lifetime CDL revocation for a second offense. CDL disqualifications are possible even when the driver is behind the wheel of their own personal vehicle.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Tennessee

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
CDL license holders found to be operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with any amount of alcohol in their system below 0.4 percent BAC will be jailed for 24 hours. Drivers found with anything above 0.4 percent BAC will have their CDL license suspended for a year for a first offense. Drivers will lose CDL license driving privileges for three years if they are transporting hazardous materials with alcohol in their systems. Drivers will lose their CDL license for life for a second offense.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
In the event that a Tennessee driver has applied for a car title replacement and subsequently found the original, residents must notify the Tennessee Department of Revenue at 615-253-0600. Residents who have already received their car title replacement should hold on to both the original car title and the car title copy. Residents can also make inquiries about dual car title copies by visiting a local county clerk office.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Tennessee

What information does a driving record contain?
Tennessee residents requesting a driving record check will receive either a physical driving record (if the request was submitted by mail or in person) or an online driving record (if the request was submitted online). Driving records include the following information:

  • Revocations or suspensions
  • Accidents and points from moving violations
  • Traffic violations, fines and citations
  • License endorsements and classifications

For more information: Driving Record

What is an ID card?
ID cards in Tennessee are to residents for identification purposes only. Residents are not required to take any tests, but they are required to provide documentation to prove their identities, Social Security Numbers and residency. There are two different types of identification cards available to Tennessee residents: expiring identification cards and permanent identification cards. Expiring identification cards are provided to all residents who do not currently have a valid drivers license. Permanent identification cards are issued to mentally or physically disabled individuals.

For more information: How to Apply for a Tennessee Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
Tennessee drivers assessed DUI citations incur a number of costs throughout the process of clearing up the DUI. First offense DUI citations can force a driver to pay for towing, an attorney, bail, new insurance (high-risk comes with higher premiums), court costs, traffic school and drivers license reinstatement fees. The total can come up to nearly $5,000. If the judge in charge of the case orders the driver to install an IID on their vehicle, there will also be an added $1,000.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Tennessee

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
Residents of Tennessee who have received traffic ticket fines can be charged a wide range of dollar amounts based on the violation they are being charged with and the count they are being charged in. Residents with traffic fines should check the ticket documentation for the cost of the traffic violation. To pay traffic tickets, drivers can choose to visit the online website of the county they received the ticket in, mail in their payment to the address on the traffic ticket fines documentation, or go in person to a local county clerk office.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Tennessee

What is the cost to get a driver record?
Tennessee residents looking to obtain driving records must pay a small fee that varies depending on the manner in which the DMV driving record was requested. Online driving record requests cost $7, while mail or in-person driving record checks cost $5 (fees may vary).

For more information: Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
Commercial Drivers License holders in Tennessee are subject to stricter driving laws than non-commercial drivers in the state. Therefore, CDL drivers are assessed stricter penalties when arrested and given DUI citations. CDL drivers are prohibited from operating vehicles with a BAC of 0.04 percent or higher. Penalties for CDL drivers given DUI citations include:

  • One-year suspension for BAC above 0.04 percent
  • One-year suspension for refusing BAC test
  • One-year suspension for driving under the influence of any controlled substances
  • Three-year suspension if a DUI happens while transporting hazardous materials

All the above penalties are for first offenses. CDL drivers with a second offense will have their license revoked for life. Drivers found to have any detectable alcohol under 0.4 percent will be jailed for 24 hours.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Tennessee

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
Minors are subject to stricter laws and penalties than legal adult drivers in the state. Minors assessed for DUI citations in Tennessee will see penalties that include:

  • Drug and/or alcohol offenses (whether driving or not)
    • One-year suspension (or until 17, whichever is longer) for first offense
    • Two-year suspension (or until 18, whichever is longer) for second offense
    • Eligible for restricted license after 90 days on first offense
  • Driving while impaired
    • License revocation for one year (no restsricted license privileges)
    • $250 fine (fines may vary)
    • Possible public service work

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Tennessee

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
In Tennessee, drivers must meet minimum liability insurance requirements to operate motor vehicle within the state. Minimum limits of liability in Tennessee include bodily injury and death liability for one person in the amount of $25,000, bodily injury and death liability for two persons in the amount of $50,000 and property damage liability in the amount of $15,000. Drivers found to be operating a vehicle without the minimum liability requirements will have their license suspended until they meet the requirements to reinstate it based on financial responsibility regulations.

For more information: Tennessee Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?
Tennessee residents applying for a learners permit must take a Class D knowledge exam. To pass the exam, residents must achieve a score of 80% or higher. Drivers applying for an intermediate license must also pass a road skills test. To find out the passing score for the road skills test, ask an official upon visiting a local TN Driver Service center.

For more information: Tennessee DMV Practice Test

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
Tennessee law states that vehicles registered in Tennessee that are considered low-speed (20 to 35 mph maximum) or medium-speed (35 to 40 mph max) can be titled within the state. Residents can title low-speed and medium-speed vehicles in the state by visiting a local county clerk office and submitting a copy of the vehicle s Manufacturer Statement of Origin (MSO) stating that the vehicle meets all the minimum safety requirements. Residents who do not have an MSO can fill out either a Low-Speed Vehicle Affidavit or a Medium-Speed Affidavit certifying that the vehicle meets safety standards. The affidavit should be submitted with the application for car title registration at the local county clerk office.

For motorcycle, the standard vehicle title application is required.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Tennessee

What languages is the written test available in?
When applying for drivers licenses in Tennessee, residents must take a number of tests. One of these tests is the general knowledge exam, which is administered either orally or on paper. For residents of Tennessee who do not speak English or don t speak English as a first language, the test is available in the following alternate languages:

  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Japanese

To take the tests, visit a local TN Driver Service center.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Tennessee

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
Depending on the severity and whether or not it is a first violation, Tennessee residents who have received DWI or DUI citations must meet a wide range of requirements before having their drivers licenses reinstated. Penalties include:

  • Jail time (from two days to 30 years depending on whether or not there was an injury or death resulting from the incident).
  • Driver s license revocation (from one year to lifetime revocation).
  • Required to participate in Alcohol and Drug Treatment program.
  • Fines ranging from $350 to $15,000 (not including license reinstatement fees).
  • Ignition Interlock Device requirement in vehicle.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Tennessee

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
Residents of Tennessee are required to notify the Department of Safety and Homeland Security of official address changes within 10 days of moving. Failing to notify the government about an address changing could result in important mail (such as license and vehicle registration renewal notices) not arriving at the correct destination. While the law does require residents to notify the department of official address changes, it does not require residents to change the address on their license. There are no fees for changing an address in the DOT system.

For more information: Address Change

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
Drivers license renewal notices are mailed out to residents approximately 10 weeks prior to the expiration date. Residents who allow their drivers licenses to expire for more than 30 days before renewing are subject to a late fee (fees may vary). Additionally, driving with an expired license is treated the same by law enforcement as driving with no license at all.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Tennessee

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
Tennessee residents with driver s licenses who operate motor vehicles in the area must provide proof of insurance when stopped by law enforcement officials or when involved in an accident. Minimum liability requirements in Tennessee include bodily injury, death and property damage coverage. Failure to get car insurance or provide proof of insurance when necessary can result in a $100 fine and license suspension. Acceptable proofs of insurance include:

  • Auto insurance ID card
  • Auto insurance binder
  • Declaration page detailing auto insurance policy

For more information: Tennessee Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
Tennessee residents who apply for a car registration renewal in person at their local county clerk s office will receive their new registration immediately. However, residents who apply for car registration renewals online or through the mail, and have not received their registration documents can contact their corresponding County Clerk s office.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
A renewed drivers license is mailed out within three weeks of processing a renewal request. Drivers are urged not to apply online or mail drivers license renewals within 21 days of their license expiration date, as the new drivers license may not arrive before the old license is expired. Drivers who have not received their new license should contact a local TN Driver Service Location.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Tennessee

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
One of the requirements when applying for a learners permit is to pass the Class D knowledge exam. Additionally, when moving from the learners permit to the intermediate license, residents must pass the road skills test as well.

For more information: Tennessee DMV Practice Test

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
Residents of Tennessee holding CDL licenses have to take a number of tests depending on what type of endorsements they wish to receive on their CDL licenses. Commercial drivers license applicants must initially take the CDL license knowledge test as well as the CDL license skills test. Additionally, drivers must take the following tests corresponding to CDL license endorsements:

  • Double and triple trailers: knowledge test
  • Passenger: knowledge and skills tests
  • Tank vehicle: knowledge test
  • Hazardous materials: knowledge test
  • School bus: knowledge and skills tests

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
New drivers license applicants in Tennessee are subject to a couple of tests before they can receive driving licenses. The tests include a general knowledge exam as well as a road skills test. In addition, residents have to submit to a vision screening. To take the tests, visit a local TN Driver Service center. Tests are available orally as well as on paper. Residents must wait seven days after failing a test before reattempting it.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Tennessee

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
Tennessee residents who own motor vehicles and possess a driver s license must get car insurance based on the minimum liability requirements in the state. Minimum limits of liability in the state include:

  • $25,000 for one injury or death
  • $50,000 for all injuries or deaths
  • $15,000 for property damage due to an accident

Drivers should make sure to have evidence of insurance for cars on them at all times while driving. Evidence can be in the form of an insurance card, binder or declaration page with details of the car insurance policy. To get car insurance, research the various car insurance companies in Tennessee and choose the one with the best rate.

For more information: Tennessee Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
Tennessee residents who would like to apply for drivers licenses will most likely receive a regular class D drivers license. Additionally, residents under 18 will be applying for drivers licenses that are either learner s permits or intermediate drivers licenses until they have reached the required age and experience level to receive a regular drivers license. There are also class M motorcycle driving licenses available for those Tennessee residents who own motorcycles.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Tennessee

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
Tennessee drivers are required by state law to have minimum liability coverage when operating a motor vehicle within the state. Drivers who do not get car insurance with the minimum liability requirements in the state will be charged a $100 fine and have their license suspended (fees may vary). Additionally, a STOP will be placed on the driver s car registration so that a renewal cannot be processed until the driver s license suspension is removed. To remove suspensions, drivers will have to pay the fine and submit proof of financial responsibility.

For more information: Tennessee Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
Drivers in Tennessee who have suspended drivers licenses must wait until their suspension period is over. Once the suspension period has passed, drivers are able to reinstate suspended drivers licenses either online at the Tennessee DOS website or by visiting a local TN Driver Service Location that processes suspended drivers license reinstatements. Drivers may also call the toll-free DOS phone line at 866-903-7357, or mail a written request to:

Tennessee Department of Safety

Financial Responsibility Division

1150 Foster Ave.

Nashville, TN 37243

Written requests should include the driver s full name, date of birth, driver license number, Social Security Number (if applicable), current mailing address, reason for drivers license suspension and a daytime phone number.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Tennessee

When does my car registration expire?
Vehicles expire on the owner s birthday each year. Car registration renewal notices are mailed out to the address on file approximately six weeks prior to the expiration date. To renew car registrations online, check the corresponding county DOR website. To renew car registrations by mail, check the List of County Clerk offices.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

When does my ID card expire?
Depending on Tennessee resident s age and disability status, they may have expiring identification cards or permanent identification cards. Residents aged 65 years or older do not have to renew ID cards. Likewise, mentally and/or physically disabled residents are issued permanent identification cards which do not expire. Otherwise, expiring identification cards are typically valid for five years from the issue date and expire on the resident s birthday.

For more information: How to Apply for a Tennessee Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
Residents of Tennessee are required to notify the Department of Safety and Homeland Security of official address changes within 10 days of moving. Failing to notify the government about an address changing could result in important mail (such as license and vehicle registration renewal notices) not arriving at the correct destination. While the law does require residents to notify the department of official address changes, it does not require residents to change the address on their license. There are no fees for changing an address in the DOT system.

For more information: Address Change

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
Tennessee residents are required to provide a notarized bill of sale in the event that they are submitting a Certification of Ownership application to a local county clerk office. Certificate of Ownership applications are submitted for vehicles that don t have a title and are either 30 years old or have a fair market value below $3,000. Other required documents for a Certificate of Ownership include:

  • Certified notification from previous owner.
  • Verification by law enforcement officer of the vehicle s VIN.
  • A licensed dealer vehicle appraisal (if there is no bill of sale).
  • Photos of vehicle in pre-repaired state (if applicable).
  • Manufacturer s Statement of Origin (MSO) or certified copy of MSO.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Tennessee

When will I need to renew my license?
Tennessee drivers licenses are typically valid for five years, with the expiration date taking place on the drivers birthday of the final year. Temporary drivers permits are valid for one year from the date they are issued. Drivers license renewal notices are mailed out approximately 10 week prior to the license expiration date.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Tennessee

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
Residents of Tennessee who have applied for a drivers license replacement in person will receive their duplicate drivers license at the local county clerk office the same day of application. Drivers who apply for duplicate drivers licenses online or through the mail should wait three weeks for the license to arrive before contacting the Department of Safety. Drivers are urged not to apply by mail or online less than 21 days before the expiration date of the drivers license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Tennessee Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
Residents of Tennessee who would like to check if they have been assessed a drivers license suspension may check the status of their drivers license by visiting the Tennessee Online Driver Services. At the Tennessee Online Driver Services menu, drivers may also renew drivers licenses, order duplicate licenses, change the address on their drivers licenses and pay suspended drivers license reinstatement fees.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Tennessee

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
There are many county clerk offices throughout the state of Tennessee, with each county running their own departments. To find the closest, check out the list of local county clerk offices in Tennessee. County clerk offices are available for a number of different Department of Revenue services.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
In certain cases, Tennessee drivers who have received DWI or DUI citations may be required to install ignition interlock devices (IIDs) on their vehicles. IIDs are devices meant to detect when a driver has ingested alcohol, shutting down the vehicle s ignition in the event that alcohol is detected on the driver s breath. To find out more about the IID program, refer to the Rules of Ignition Interlock Device Program.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Tennessee

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
In Tennessee, traffic ticket fines are handled locally within each county. Tennessee drivers who have received traffic fines can find their ticket information online by visiting the website of their local county clerk office. In the event of a lost traffic ticket, residents may use the online service to check due dates and opt to dispute the traffic fines. Depending on the county, residents may also be able to pay traffic tickets online as well.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Tennessee

Where can I find the DMV locations?
Please follow the link below for your nearest DMV location:

Tennessee DMV Office Contact Information

Where can I get a new drivers license?
Tennessee residents who would like to apply for drivers licenses can apply at a local TN Driver Service center. Residents should bring all required documentation when they arrive to apply for drivers licenses, as well as prepare for any required tests. Residents should also make sure to bring the new drivers license fee of $19.50 (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Tennessee

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
Tennessee residents applying for a duplicate car title must fill out an Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title and submit it along with the required documentation and fees to the Department of Revenue. To do so, residents may either go in person or mail the documents to a local county clerk office. Mailing addresses vary based on county, so refer to the list of county clerk offices for mailing information.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Tennessee

Where can I obtain an ID card?
Residents of Tennessee looking to apply for ID cards can do so by visiting a local TN Driver Service center. At the service center, residents will be required to provide multiple documents to prove identity, citizenship (or legal resident status), name change (if applicable), Tennessee residency and Social Security Number. In addition, residents must pay the ID card fee (fees vary).

For more information: How to Apply for a Tennessee Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
In Tennessee, all motor vehicles that require a license to drive also require drivers to get car insurance. Minimum financial responsibility regulations in Tennessee require drivers to have minimum bodily injury, death and property damage liability at all times while operating a motor vehicle in the state. Failure to meet financial responsibility requirements in Tennessee comes with a Class C misdemeanor charge that results in both a $100 fine and the resident s driver s license suspended (fees may vary).

For more information: Tennessee Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
Residents of Tennessee less than 18 must get permission before receiving a permit for driving. To satisfy this requirement, minors must have a parent or guardian accompany them to a local TN Driver Service center to sign the Minor/Teenage Affidavit. Guardians must provide proof of legal guardianship at the time of signature.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Tennessee

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
Depending on when the driving record check was conducted, Tennessee residents may or may not see their updated driving record. This could mean that the copy received does not have any recent violations. However, residents who believe that there is an error on their driving record should contact the Tennessee Department of Safety locally at 615-253-5221 or toll-free at 866-849-3548.

For more information: Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
Tennessee residents who are renewing drivers licenses in the state are not regularly required to submit to a vision screening during the drivers license renewal process. However, senior drivers will be asked during each drivers license renewal period to submit to a vision screening. Drivers whose vision does not meet the 20/40 standard will be required to consult a vision specialist before they can renew drivers licenses.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Tennessee

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
The Tennessee Department of Safety sends out, as a courtesy, drivers license renewal notices to all drivers approximately 10 weeks prior to their license expiration date. Drivers license renewal notices provide all the information necessary for residents to renew drivers licenses.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Tennessee

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
Tennessee drivers cited with traffic ticket fines will have points assessed to their drivers license based on the DOS s Schedule of Point Values. Assessments range from one point for minor offenses to eight points for major offenses such as reckless endangerment by vehicle and driving 36 mph or more above the speed limit. Drivers who receive 12 or more points (six or more for minors) in the space of 12 months will have their drivers licenses suspended between six months and one year. This suspension can be reduced or eliminated by taking a driving school course. Likewise, points assessed to driver s licenses can be reduced by taking a driving school course.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Tennessee

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
Tennessee residents assessed DUI citations have a wide range of penalties to deal with before they can have their driver license reinstated. Depending on the county, court system and judge on the case, one of the penalties may include a required Drug and Alcohol treatment program. Drivers who need to attend a Drug and Alcohol treatment program to fulfill DUI requirements can contact the Tennessee Department of Mental Health s Division of Substance Abuse Services.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Tennessee

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
Residents of Tennessee who are applying for a duplicate car registration card need only submit a request with their license plate number and VIN, along with the duplicate car registration fee. However, drivers who would like to apply for a replacement license plate must fill out the Application for Duplicate/Replacement License Plate or Decal . Fees for duplicate car registration cards are $3, while duplicate license plates cost $11.75 (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
Residents of Tennessee applying for a duplicate car title do not have to present proof of insurance during the process. However, residents will have to provide proof of identity and proof that all liens on the car have been discharged.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Tennessee

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
As a courtesy to Tennessee residents, the DOR sends out car registration renewal notices to residents about six weeks before their car registration is set to expire. However, registration renewal notices are not required to renew car registrations. Any document that has both the license plate number and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle can be used to renew car registrations. To renew expired car registrations online, check the corresponding county DOR website. To renew car registration by mail, check the List of County Clerk offices.

For more information: Vehicle Registration Renewal

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
Typically, Tennessee residents are given a date on which their car registration will expire. This date is listed on the car registration documentation itself, and varies from resident to resident. Some counties have expiration dates on a resident s birthday, while others have it as the last day of the birth month. For more information on expiration dates, refer to the expiring car registration documentation or the car registration renewal notice sent out by the TN DOR.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Tennessee