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New residents or those returning to Tennessee who hold a driver license from another state must obtain a Tennessee driver license no later than thirty (30) days after establishing residency. New residents will need to go to any of our full-service driver service centers that are located throughout the state.
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If your driver license has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you may be eligible to obtain a replacement online. Obtaining a replacement license does not change the expiration date of the original issued license. To obtain a replacement license online, visit the Online Services menu. A replacement license may also be obtained by applying in person at any driver service center. Click here for more information on applying for a duplicate or replacement license.
The TN Department of Safety mails every driver a courtesy renewal notice approximately eight to ten weeks before their license expires. Please read your renewal notice carefully. If you have misplaced your renewal notice click here for information on renewing a TN driver license on the TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security website.
To make an appointment for a non-commercial road skills test, please visit https://dl.safety.tn.gov/_/ or call 866-903-7357, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
To apply for a Commercial Driver License (CDL) a CDL knowledge test can be taken at a Full-Service Driver Service Center or through a certified CDL Third Party Program participant. Click here for more information on Commercial Driver License. Click here for a list of Full-Service locations. Click here for a list of certified third party testing organizations.