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Frequently Asked Questions

Question 5

I need to renew my license, but I have not received a notice in the mail. What should I do?

Answer: The Department of Safety sends out a courtesy renewal notice letter approximately eight (8) to ten (10) weeks before your license is set to expire. One of the easiest ways to renew your license is online. To see if you are eligible to renew online visit the Department of Safety's Online Services Menu. An Internet renewal is available in most cases as long as you do not currently have a renewal sticker affixed to the back of your existing photo license, and you did not renew by mail or Internet on your last renewal.

If you are within 21 days or less of your expiration date, DO NOT use the online renewal. Since your new license must be processed and sent to you by postal mail it is possible you would not receive it before your current expiration date. You will need to take your driver license to any driver service center where a new photo and signature will be obtained and you will be issued an updated license at the time of your visit.

At the driver service center, when obtaining your renewal license, a new photo will be taken and the examiner will have you provide your signature electronically so it will appear on your license.

This information helps to protect you against fraud and identity theft while allowing the Department to maintain a current image on-file for each driver.

NOTE 1: Tennessee's new law requires that anyone issued a Tennessee driver's license since January 1, 2001, as well as first-time applicants, be required to provide documentation they are either a U.S. Citizen or a lawful permanent resident at the time of their first renewal. In these instances, you may not renew by mail or by the internet; you will be required to visit a driver service center in person with the required documentation.

NOTE 2: If you currently hold an expiring Certificate For Driving (CFD) or one of the new Temporary Driver Licenses (TDL) or Temporary Identification Licenses (TID) you will be required to appear in person at a driver service center to process this type of renewal. You must provide updated documentation proving your current legal presence and length of authorized stay in the United States at the time of your renewal. Two documents proving your current Tennessee residence address will also be required at renewal. The CFD will NOT be renewed or reissued, but you may make application to obtain the new TDL or TID document with proper qualifying documentation.

If you have any name or birth date changes or if you hold a CDL Class A, B, or C license, you must go to a driver service center to renew in person.

Renew Your Tennessee Driver License Online

For more general driver license information (general info, office locations, online services etc.) visit Driver Services.

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