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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applying For Your Tennessee Driver's License
  • Preparing For Your TN Permit Test
  • Taking Your TN Permit Test
  • Preparing For Your TN Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your TN Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • After You Have Passed The TN Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Renewing Your TN Driver's License
  • What If You're Moving To TN Or Just Visiting
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Applying For Your Tennessee Driver's License
When am I eligible to apply for my TN license?
In TN, the minimum age requirement to begin the licensing process is 15 years old.
What documents do I need to take with me when I apply for my TN license?
When you apply for your TN Driver's License, you need to submit two documents that prove your identity, two documents that prove your residency in Tennessee and your Social Security Number. If you are under 18, you need also bring proof of your school attendance.
Where should I go to apply for my TN license?
You are able to apply at any Tennessee driver's service center. You can find a list of available locations near you by visiting this website: http://www.tn.gov/safety/driverlicense/dllocationserv.shtml
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my TN Permit Test if I am under 18?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you as they will need to sign a minor/teenage affidavit and assume financial responsibility by signing a financial responsibility form.
Do I need to my eyes checked before I can obtain a TN Driver's license?
Yes. You do have to complete a vision test in order to get your TN license.
Where do I take my TN Driver's License photo?
You must take your TN Driver's license photo at the DOS office. When you take your photo, you should make sure that you wear what you would wear normally. It's extremely important that your face is clearly shown and recognizable. Look straight at the camera and do not smile, as a resting face is easier to identify.
Preparing For Your TN Permit Test
What should I use to study for my TN Permit Test?
The best way to study for the TN Permit Test is to read the entire Tennessee Driver's Manual. Additionally, you can find quiz questions on our website that can act as a supplement to the TN Driver's Manual.
Do I have to enroll into a Driver's Ed. Class if I am under 18?
No. You do not need to attend and complete a Driver's Education course.
Where can I find a copy of the TN Driver's Manual?
Copies of the TN Driver's Manual are available at various driver service centers throughout Tennessee. You can find a copy of the TN Driver's Manual by visiting this website and downloading a PDF version: http://www.tn.gov/safety/dlhandbook/DL_Manual2011.pdf
Are there any chapters of the TN Driver's Manual that I can skip?
To have the best chance of passing your TN Permit Test, you should read the entire Manual. The TN Permit Test will test your knowledge of traffic safety laws, traffic signs, signaling devices and much more topics that are covered in the TN Driver's Manual.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the TN Permit Test to pass?
The TN Permit Test consists of 30 multiple choice questions. You will need to answer 24 questions correctly in order to pass successfully.
Where can I go to take my TN Permit Test?
You will need to take your TN Permit Test at a local Driver Services Center. You can find a list of available locations near you by visiting this website: http://www.tn.gov/safety/driverlicense/dllocationmain.shtml
Is there anything I should do the night before my TN Permit Test?
Don't cram the night before your exam. Instead, you should review the notes and information you have already studied. If you've done a thorough job studying, the night before should be a quiet review session. It's also a good idea to take a few practice questions on our website. Get a good night's rest as well.
What should I do when I am ready to take my TN Permit Test?
Once you have studied thoroughly for your TN Permit Test, you should gather the necessary documents and visit your local Driver Services Center to take your exam.
Taking Your TN Permit Test
At what age am I eligible to take the TN Permit Test?
In TN, the minimum age requirement to begin the licensing process is 15 years old.
What documents do I need to bring with me when I take my TN Permit Test?
On the day of your TN Permit Test, you need to submit two documents that prove your identity, two documents that prove your residency in Tennessee and your Social Security Number. If you are under 18, you need also bring proof of your school attendance.
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my TN Permit Test?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you as they will need to sign a minor/teenage affidavit and assume financial responsibility by signing a financial responsibility form.
What do I need to know to pass my TN Permit Test?
To give yourself the best chance of passing your TN Permit Test you should study all chapters and sections of the TN Driver's Manual. The exam will test your knowledge of speed limits, safety laws, pavement markings, traffic signs, defensive driving, highways, parking situations, crosswalks, intersections and many more basic rules of the road.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the TN Permit Test to pass?
The TN Permit Test consists of 30 multiple choice questions. You will need to answer 24 questions correctly in order to pass successfully.
Is the TN Permit Test open book?
No. You are not allowed to use your TN Driver's Manual or any other study materials while you take your TN Permit Test.
Do I have to take a drug test to be able to take my TN Permit Test?
No. You do not have to take or pass a drug test to be able to apply or receive an TN Driver's License.
What happens if I fail my TN Permit Test?
There are a few reasons, test takers fail their TN Permit Test. A test taker who fails may not have studied thoroughly. Or he or she may have been nervous, anxious and/or distracted on the day of the test. If you fail your TN Permit Test, you will not receive your TN Learner's Permit, and you will need to retake the exam. You are able to do so after a 7 day waiting period. You will need to pay a $2 test fee. Of not rush retaking the exam. Take your time before you retake. Read the entire TN Driver's Manual again and answer test questions on our website so that the next time you take the exam you have the best chance of passing the TN Permit Test.
What happens after I pass my TN Permit Test?
If you pass your TN Permit Test, you will receive your TN Learner's Permit. If you are under 18, before being able to take your TN Driving Exam, you will need to complete 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
Preparing For Your TN Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
How should I practice driving for my TN Driving Exam?
You should practice and develop a number of safe driving skills. You should feel comfortable accelerating smoothly and gradually, passing through intersections safely, changing lanes effectively, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and traffic signals, backing up safely, maintaining the speed limit, making effective right and left turns, staying in the correct lane and more. Remember during your exam, your primary responsibility is to demonstrate to your examiner that you know how to drive safely and effectively.
Where can I practice driving for my TN Driving Exam?
Anywhere in Tennessee as long as you are accompanied by a licensed driver, who is 21 years old or older, whenever you are behind the wheel. You should begin practicing in familiar areas then progress to different areas that will test your driving knowledge and your adaptability to different driving situations.
Do I need to learn how to parallel park for my TN Driving Exam?
No. You will not be asked to parallel park on your TN Driving Exam, but you should consider learning how to parallel park because it is a useful driving skill.
How can I schedule my TN Road Test?
You can schedule your TN Driving Exam online by visiting this website: https://apps.tn.gov/dlappts/
Where do I take my TN Driving Exam?
You will take your exam at your local Driver Services Center. You can find a list of locations by visiting this website: http://www.tn.gov/safety/driverlicense/dllocationserv.shtml
What should I expect on my TN Driving Exam?
Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your TN Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane. You should also know what various street signs and traffic signals indicate to drivers on the road.
Is there anything I should do the night before my TN Driving Exam?
The night before your TN Driving Exam, you should practice driving with a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. You should make sure you get a good night's rest.
Do I need to supply my own car for my TN Driving Exam?
Yes. You must supply a vehicle for your TN Driving Exam that is in good working condition. The vehicle should be properly registered and insured.
Taking Your TN Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
Does anyone need to accompany me to my TN Driving Exam?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you as you will need to complete fifty hours of behind-the-wheel training.
Are there any tips that I should follow to help me pass my TN Driving Exam?
Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your TN Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane. You should also know what various street signs and traffic signals indicate to drivers on the road.
Are there any common mistakes that I should avoid making?
You should avoid driving dangerously, driving too quickly, hitting other objects, forgetting to signal, rolling stops and parking incorrectly. Always maintain good posture and signal well in advance.
Am I allowed to wear my contacts or glasses?
If you wear contacts or glasses regularly to be able to see clearly, you should absolutely wear your corrective lenses during your exam.
Who is allowed to be in the car with me during my TN Driving Exam?
Only you and your examiner are allowed in the car during your TN Driving Exam.
What happens if I fail my TN Driving Exam?
If you fail the TN Driving Exam, you will not receive your TN Driver's License. Your wait time to take your TN Driving Exam will depend on your score. However, you should not rush retaking the TN Driving Exam after you have failed. You should pay attention to what your examiner indicates as your weaknesses, and you should work upon improving your weaknesses.
After You Have Passed The TN Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
What happens after I pass my TN Driving Exam?
After you pass your TN Driving Exam, you will receive your TN Driver's License.
If I am under 18 will there be any limitations on my license?
Yes. If you are 18, you are only allowed to drive between 6 AM and 11 PM alone. You can drive outside of those hours if you are accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. Additionally, you are not allowed to drive with more than one passenger unless a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older is accompanying you.
Do I need to get car insurance?
Yes. You must carry car insurance worth $25,000 for bodily injury and $50,000 per accident at minimum.
What documents do I need to apply for TN car insurance?
The documents that you will need vary depending on the insurance company to which you apply. Generally, insurance companies want you to submit proof of your identity, your driving record and information about the vehicle you would like to insure.
How much does TN car insurance cost?
The price varies depending on your age, your driving history, your car class and other factors.
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers in TN?
New drivers and inexperienced drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident, insurance companies often charge more to cover them.
Renewing Your TN Driver's License
How do I renew my TN Driver's license once it has expired?
You can renew your TN Driver's License by person at any time at your local Driver Services Center. After your first license renewal, you can then also renew your TN Driver's License online and by mail.
Do I have to complete another vision test before I can renew my TN Driver's License?
No. You do not have to take an eye exam.
What If You're Moving To TN Or Just Visiting
Do I have to pass the TN road test when I move to TN from another state?
If your license is still valid, you do not have to take the TN Driving Exam. You will have 30 days to exchange your out-of-state license with a TN Driver's License.
Is my out-of-state learner's permit valid in TN?
Yes. Tennessee recognizes valid out-of-state Learner's Permits. However, if you become a resident you will need to replace your out-of-state permit with a TN Permit. This will require you submitting the necessary documents and passing a vision test.
How long can I drive in TN with my out-of-state license?
As long as you do not become a TN resident, you are allowed to drive with a valid out-of-state license for as long as you like.
Am I allowed to drive in TN with my out-of-country license?
Yes. You are allowed to drive in Tennessee with your out-of-country license. You will be able to do so for up to six months before you will need to obtain a TN Driver's License.Question Category