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.
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 DSD.
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.
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.
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:
- License number
- Date of birth
- Notarized copies of identity proof
- Address and contact number
- Verification of inability to appear in person
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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