Obtaining A New Tennessee Drivers License
Applying for a new drivers license in Tennessee? 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.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: Take the DSD Practice Test
Getting a new drivers license in Tennessee is easy when you are prepared. Arrive at a DMV location ready to pass their tests with flying colors by taking this practice test.
3: Via a local DSD office
If you prefer to access DSD services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DSD office location. Varying DSD offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DSD closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DSD allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
Drivers who follow these five steps will find that getting a new drivers license is a relatively easy process:
- Print out the required forms and a step-by-step guide here.
- Study the Tennessee driver handbook and practice test
- Pass vision and road sign tests
- Pass written and driving tests
- Present the required documents and fees to the DSD
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:
- 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.
- How to get your Tennessee Learners Permit
- Find out more about Tennessee Drivers Education
- Take a Practice Test