How To Replace Your Tennessee Drivers License

If your Tennessee drivers license has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you'll need to get it replaced immediately. We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. 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.




Replacing Your Tennessee Drivers License

In order to replace your Tennessee drivers license, you must present proof of identification. A driver needs to bring one primary form of ID and one secondary form of ID to receive a duplicate card.

Out-Of-State Replacement

Residents who are out of state can replace their license by applying through the mail or online. These drivers may include students and medical personnel who are out-of-state. When out of state, the following should be mailed in:

  • Name
  • License number
  • Date of birth
  • Notarized copies of identity proof
  • Address and contact number
  • Verification  of inability to appear in person

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Additional Instructions

Those under the age of 18 will need to bring the following:

  • Verification of enrollment and attendance in a drivers ed school form.
  • A Teenage Affidavit and certification that they have been behind the wheel for 50 hours.
  • Proof of their Social security number
  • Drivers who are not eligible to get a Social Security number will need to complete a Social Security Affidavit.
  • $10 replacement fee 

What is an Adult Drivers License?

In some states, the layout of your drivers license may change when you reach a certain age. It is possible for your license to switch from a vertical design to a horizontal card once you turn 21. You may want to seek out a duplicate or replacement adult drivers license when you reach the age of 21.

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