✅ Updated January 2022

Ultimate guide to getting your driver's license in Tennessee

Here's the ultimate guide to getting your driver license at the Tennessee DMV. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.


What You’ll Need to Get your Tennessee DMV Driver License

Under 18 Applicants:


What You’ll Do to Get your Tennessee DMV Driver License

  • Step 1: Read Comprehensive Driver License Manual will help new and old drivers alike get ready for initial, renewal, and other license applications and take online practice exams to prepare for the written test
  • Step 2: Visit your nearest DMV OFFICE to apply for your Learner’s Permit (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Submit the required documents & ID
    • Pass the written test
    • Pass the vision test
    • Submit payment
    • Receive your Learner’s Permit
  • Step 3: Practice driving for at least 60 days (accompanied by a licensed driver over age 21, or a close family member over age 18)
  • Step 4: Visit your nearest DMV office to apply for your Class D driver’s license (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Submit the required documents & ID
    • Pass the road test
    • Submit payment
    • Receive a temporary driver’s license
  • Step 5: Receive your new Class D driver’s license via U.S. mail


Caveats and Exceptions to Getting your Tennessee Driver License

  • the majority of applicants for a Tennessee driver license will be operators of regular passenger vehicles, pick-up trucks, or vans. The Driver License Manual is designed to provide the information you need to get a Class D license.
  • If a person holds a valid Tennessee license and is in the United States Armed Forces, that license shall remain valid regardless of the displayed expiration date


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