Obtaining A New Tennessee Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Tennessee? The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

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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.

Drivers who follow these five steps will find that getting a new drivers license is a relatively easy process:

Required Documents

All license applicants will be required to present documentation. All documents must be original; no photocopies will be accepted.

  • Proof of your full legal name
  • Original birth certificate
  • One primary proof of identity
  • One secondary proof of identity (or another primary proof of identity)
  • Payment for any applicable fees in the following forms:
    • Check
    • Cash
    • Money order
    • Credit card

New Tennessee Drivers License Driving Test

Before receiving a new Tennessee drivers license, an applicant needs to take a driving test using his or her own car. It is also required that the car has insurance.

The applicant must also bring proof of financial responsibility before taking the driving test for Tennessee drivers license. 

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are moving to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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