How To Renew Your Tennessee Drivers License
Need to renew your Tennessee drivers license? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will 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: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DSD 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 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.
If it is the driver's first time renewing his or her Tennessee license, they must renew in person. Others may renew online or by mail.
Renewing Your License Online
Online renewal is probably the easiest and most convenient way to renew your Tennessee drivers license. License holders can renew their Tennessee drivers license through this method if their license has been expired for less than five years. Below are the steps to renew the Tennessee drivers license:
- Make sure you have your mailing address, date of birth, license number and Social Security number (last four digits only)
- Payment with MasterCard, Visa, American express or Discover card
- Visit the Tennessee drivers license renewal website and follow the instructions given.
Renewing Your Tennessee Drivers License In Person
Renewing a Tennessee drivers license in person is usually required if it is the first time a driver renews his or her license. When applying for renewal in person, there are four simple steps that should be followed:
- A proof of citizenship or proof of residency must be presented.
- Pay the fee
- Take the photo and provide your signature
- A license that has been expired for five years or more will require that the applicant must pass the written and vision exam and the driving test.
Renewing Your License By Mail
This type of renewal is only applicable for people who are out-of-state or are military personnel. To renew the license by mail, a driver must write a letter to the DSD and follow these steps:
- Letter should indicate date of birth, full name and drivers license number
- Must have notarized copy of a valid proof of identity
- Must have proof of why license holder is not able to renew in person. This can include military orders, military ID, letters from the church or from employer.
- Include a money order or check to pay the renewal fee.
- Send the application and documentation to the DOS address:
Tennessee Department of Safety
P.O. Box 560
Nashville, TN 37243-00.
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