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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Tennessee

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You can apply for a new driver's license at any driver issuance centre in Tennessee. Obtain a Tennessee Driver's license Handbook to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.


You need to check eligibility to obtain a Tennessee driver's license. You will then need to fulfill the following:

  1. Applicants must be at least 16 years old.
  2. Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and complete the graduated licensing program. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
  3. Everyone must pass the vision, written, and driving tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
  4. Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification, two proofs of residency, proof of any name change, your social security number (if you have one) and proof of US citizenship or Permanent Resident Status.
  5. An application form needs to be filled and submitted at the driver testing center.


Tennessee residents holding a driver's license from another state need to pass only the vision test unless the out-of-state license has expired for over six months, in which case you also need to pass the knowledge and road skills tests. However, like other applicants, new residents must present the social security number, proof of citizenship or permanent residence status and two proofs of residence. The out-of-state license must be surrendered within 30 days of the entry into Tennessee.
Non-US citizens who are not US Permanent Residents cannot apply for a Tennessee driver's license. But they can drive within the state using their home country's license for six months after their arrival in the US.


The cost for a non-commercial (Class D) Tennessee driver's license is $19.50.


The Tennessee driver's license is usually valid for five years, except during the first term, when it expires on the next birthday divisible by 5, for example the 20th, 25th or 30th birthday.


With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Tennessee with a learner's license. See more information on graduated license program here.


Submitted by bugsley on 1st Dec 2012

Hi my name is Tom I just

Hi my name is Tom I just moved here from Il. I need a Tennessee drivers license but I work all day and when I get off work the Dmv is closed. Can I apply and get my picture from my old Il drivers license on my Tennessee drivers license via online?

Submitted by Anonymous on 14th Mar 2011

my name is john manley and i

my name is john manley and i used to live in tennessee but i now reside in the state of indiana ive never had a drivers lisence and i went to get them here in indiana but their saying their suspended in tennessee i called the city/county where they claim their suspended and they have no record of a suspension. i really need to get this worked out so i can get my drivers lisence, my phone # is 812-242-0563 if someone could please contact me regarding this matter i would greatly appreciate it, if you find no suspension i need a paper stating that so i can show it to the lisence branch here. thank you so much

Submitted by jaldea on 17th Sep 2012

my husband is going though

my husband is going though the same thing... tennessee is saying they have no record of him (he moved to michigan 18 years ago) but MI wont let him renew his license because they say he has tickets in tennessee!