Obtain An Identification Card In Tennessee

Do you need to apply for a state ID in Tennessee? The ID card application doesn't have to be complicated. We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to know about getting an ID card and renewing an ID card. You will also learn how to replace your ID card in Tennessee or purchase a duplicate Tennessee ID card. Select from the options below to get started:

1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.




Regardless of why you do not own a driver's license, you will still need to apply for an ID card for various reasons, ranging from leisure activities to travel. Getting an ID card in Tennessee is simple, and you should begin the ID card application process as soon as you are ready.

Obtaining a new ID card

To apply for an ID, first, you should plan a visit to your local DMV.

You will need to provide proof of: citizenship, a valid Social Security Number and card and residency.

Proof of citizenship

  • Official birth certificate with seal affixed
  • U.S. certificate of birth abroad
  • Alien registration card
  • Valid U.S. passport

Proof of Social Security Number

  • Social Security Number
  • Bank statement
  • Any identification with your Social Security Number attached to it

Proof of Residency (Note: You must have one document from each of the following groups.)

Group 1

  • Utility bill
  • Current rental or lease contract
  • Current paycheck

Group 2

  • Individual taxpayer ID number
  • I-94 Form
  • Employment authorization card

What is a Tennessee state ID?

A state ID is an acceptable replacement for a drivers license typically used by minors, the elderly or by anyone who does not want a drivers license, but still needs identification in Tennessee. For more information on how to get an identification card in Tennessee, click here.

ID card renewal

You can renew your ID card in Tennessee by visiting your nearest Tennessee Department of Transportation office, or by applying online. Contact your local branch for information on fees, as they vary. However, if you are age 65 or older, your card will never expire, so you need not worry about fees if you are a senior citizen.

Replacement ID cards

If you have lost your ID card, or it has been stolen or severely damaged, you should look into replacing it immediately. A stolen ID card may even lead to identity theft, so it is crucial you replace your identification card as soon as possible. Replacing a lost identification card in Tennessee usually costs $8, but the fees may vary, so contact your local branch for more information. You may apply for a replacement either online or by visiting the branch. The instructions for duplicate ID cards are similar, but be sure to bring everything you will need for your new ID card copy before you head to the DMV by clicking here.

For a list of related services, see below:

Obtain a new driver's license here.
Renew a driver's license here.
Replace a driver's license here.