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    Tennessee Identification Cards

    If you’re a Tennessee resident without a driver’s license, a Tennessee ID card can be used as an alternative form of identification to prove your identity and age.

    On this page you’ll find information on how you can apply for, renew, and replace a Tennessee identification card through the Driver Services Division of the Department of Safety (DOS).

    Types of ID Cards in Tennessee

    Tennessee offers 2 types of ID cards for U.S. citizens and a temporary ID for authorized non-U.S. citizens.

    Please see the categories below to determine which ID is right for you before you apply.

    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

    Expiring Identification License

    If you are a Tennessee resident without a driver’s license, you can apply for an expiring identification license at any age.

    • If you are between 18 years old and 65 years old, your expiring identification license will be valid for 5 years, and expire on your birthday when you turn an age divisible by 5 (e.g. 20, 25, 30, 35 years old, etc.).
    • If you are under 18 years old, your TN ID card will be valid for 2 years.
    • If you are 65 years old or older, your TN ID will not expire.

    Permanent Identification License

    If you are a Tennessee resident with a mental or physical disability, you can apply for a permanent identification license that does not expire.

    Permanent ID licenses are free and you can apply at any age.

    Non-U.S. Citizens

    If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you may be eligible for a temporary identification license while you are in Tennessee.

    Your temporary ID card will be valid for the length of your authorized stay in TN and you can apply at any age.

    Apply for a TN Identification Card

    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

    To apply for an expiring or permanent Tennessee identification card, visit your local TN Driver Services Center in person. You cannot apply for an ID card online or by mail.

    You will need to surrender any U.S. driver’s licenses or ID cards you currently hold (including out-of-state cards) and bring:

    • Proof of your U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residence, such as your:
      • U.S. birth certificate.
      • U.S. passport.
      • Permanent resident status card.
    • A primary document proving your identity, such as your:
      • Original or certified birth certificate.
      • Current U.S. passport.
      • Citizenship certificate.
    • A secondary document proving your identity, such as your:
      • Health insurance card.
      • Social Security card.
      • Bank statement.
    • Proof of your name change, if your current name is different than your primary proof of identity.
    • Proof of your TN residency, such as a recent:
      • Utility bill.
      • Bank statement.
      • Rental or mortgage receipt.
        • Note: P.O. Boxes will not be accepted.
    • Your Social Security Number (SSN) or a sworn affidavit if you don’t have a SSN.
    • Payment. (See the “Tennessee ID Card Fees” section below for fees and payment options.)

    Note: All documents must be originals or certified copies. The DOS provides complete lists of accepted documents for citizenship or lawful residence, primary identity, secondary identity, and residency.

    Non-U.S. Citizens

    To apply for a temporary Tennessee identification card as a non-citizen, visit your local Driver Services Center in person.

    You will need to surrender any U.S. driver’s licenses or ID cards you currently hold (including out-of-state cards) and bring:

    • Proof of your authorized presence in the U.S. that indicates the time of your stay, such as your:
      • Valid foreign passport with an English translation, visa and I-94.
      • Employment authorization card (I-766).
    • A primary document proving your identity, such as your:
      • Original or certified birth certificate.
      • Current foreign passport.
      • Non-immigrant Visa.
    • A secondary document proving your identity, such as your:
      • Health insurance card.
      • Social Security card.
      • Bank statement.
    • Proof of your name change, if your current name is different than your primary proof of identity.
    • Proof of your TN residency, such as a recent:
      • Utility bill.
      • Bank statement.
      • Rental or mortgage receipt.
        • Note: P.O. Boxes will not be accepted.
    • Your Social Security Number or a sworn affidavit if you don’t have a SSN.
    • Payment. (See the “Tennessee ID Card Fees” section below for fees and payment options.)

    Note: All documents must be originals or certified copies. You can view the DOS' full lists of documents proving your temporary authorized presence, identity, and Tennessee residency.

    Minors

    If you are under 18 years old or you’re applying for your child, you will also need to bring a completed Minor/Teenage Affidavit and Cancellation form (Form SF-0299) in addition to the documents above.

    Tennessee ID Card Fees

    Tennessee ID card fees vary depending on your age and the type of ID you are applying for.

    TN Driver Service Centers accept cash, checks, money orders, MasterCard, VISA and Discover credit cards.

    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

    The cost of your TN ID card will depend on how long it is valid for. The Tennessee Department of Safety will issue you an ID card that expires on your next birthday that is divisible by 5 (e.g. 20, 25, 30, 35 years old, etc.).

    The standard cost for a new or renewed Tennessee expiring ID license is:

    • $5 for 2 years, if you’re under 18 years old.
    • $9.50 for 5 years, if you’re 18 years old or older.

    A replacement expiring TN ID license will cost:

    • $8 for the first replacement.
    • $12 for each subsequent replacement.

    NOTES:

    • If you’re 65 years old or older, your TN ID card will not expire.
    • If you’re physically or mentally disabled, your permanent TN ID license will be free and will not expire.

    Non-U.S. Citizens

    If you’re not a U.S. citizen, a temporary TN identification license will cost you $9.50 and will be valid for as long as you are legally allowed to stay in the U.S.

    A replacement temporary TN ID card will cost you $19.50 for each replacement.

    Renew Your TN ID Card

    You can renew your Tennessee ID card online, in person, or by mail up to 12 months before it expires.

    NOTE: If your TN ID card expired more than 5 years ago, or if you are a non-U.S. citizen with a temporary identification license, you must renew your ID card in person. You cannot renew your temporary TN ID card online or by mail.

    Online Renewal

    To renew your identification card online, visit the Online Driver Services website.

    You will need:

    • Your mailing address.
    • Your ID card number.
    • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number (SSN).
    • Payment by a VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card (see the “Tennessee ID Card Fees” section above).

    Note: It can take up to 20 business days to get your new ID in the mail. You can use your printed online receipt as valid TN identification for 20 days after you renew online.

    In-Person Renewal

    If you are a non-U.S. citizen with a temporary TN ID card, you must renew your ID card in person at a TN Driver Service Center. You will need:

    • Your current TN identification card.
    • Proof of your legal presence in the U.S., such as your:
      • Foreign passport with a valid visa.
      • Conditional Resident Alien Card.
      • Employment Authorization Card.
    • Proof of your TN residency, such as a recent:
      • Utility bill.
      • Bank statement.
      • Rental or mortgage receipt.
        • Note: P.O. Boxes will not be accepted.
    • Payment. (See the “TN Identification Card Fees” section above for fees and payment options.)

    The DOS provides lists of acceptable documents proving your legal presence and TN residency.

    By-Mail Renewal

    To renew your identification card by mail, you will need:

    • A letter stating your:
      • Full legal name.
      • Tennessee ID card number.
      • Date of birth.
      • Phone number.
      • Mailing address.
    • Notarized copies of 2 documents proving your identity, such as:
      • Original or certified birth certificate.
      • Current U.S. passport.
      • Citizenship certificate.
    • Verification that you can’t apply in person, such as:
      • Your military dependent ID and a letter from your spouse or parent’s commanding officer.
      • A letter from your overseas employer.
    • A check or money order made out to the “Tennessee Department of Safety” for your ID card fee. (See the “Tennessee ID Card Fees” section above.)

    Mail the above items to:

    Tennessee Department of Safety
    Cashier’s Office
    1150 Foster Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37243-1000

    Replace Your Tennessee ID Card

    You can replace your TN ID card in person or online if it was lost, stolen or damaged. If you are a non-U.S. citizen with a temporary ID card, you must order a replacement in person.

    Note: If your Tennessee ID card expires in less than 6 months, you must renew it instead of replacing it (see the “Renew Your TN ID Card” section above).

    If your Tennessee ID card expires within the next 12 months, you have the option to either renew it or replace it.

    Online Replacement

    To replace your TN ID card online, visit the TN Online Driver Services website.

    You will need:

    • Your mailing address.
    • Your ID card number.
    • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
    • Payment by a VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card (see the “Tennessee ID Card Fees” section above).

    Note: It will take up to 20 business days to receive your ID in the mail. You can use your printed replacement receipt as a valid ID for 20 days.

    In-Person Replacement

    To replace your TN ID card in person, visit your local Tennessee Driver Service Center and bring:

    • A primary document proving your identity, such as your:
      • Original or certified birth certificate.
      • Current foreign passport.
      • Non-immigrant Visa.
    • A secondary document proving your identity, such as your:
      • Health insurance card.
      • Social Security card.
      • Bank statement.
    • Payment for your replacement fee (see the “Tennessee ID Card Fees” section above).

    If you are a non-U.S. citizen replacing your temporary ID license, you will also need proof of your legal presence in the U.S., such as your:

    • Foreign passport with a valid Visa.
    • Conditional Resident Alien Card.
    • Employment Authorization Card.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation provides lists of acceptable documents to prove your identity and legal presence.

    Out-of-State Military Members

    If you are an active-duty military member based out of state, you can add a “Code 30” to your existing TN ID card to indicate that your card does not expire.

    To request a “Code 30” on your TN ID card, you must provide:

    • Your full name and TN ID card number.
    • A notarized copy of both sides of your military ID.
    • Copies of your military orders that verify you are based out of state.
    • A check or money order made out to the “Tennessee Department of Safety” for your replacement fee. (See the “Tennessee ID Card Fees” section above.)
    • Your mailing address.
    • Your e-mail address.

    Mail the above documents and information to:

    TN Dept of Safety
    Cashier Office
    PO BOX 945
    Nashville TN 37202

    Note: Military dependents cannot apply for a “Code 30."

    Change Your Address or Name

    Change Your Address

    You must report an address change to the Tennessee DOS within 10 days.

    You can update your address online, by e-mail, by mail, or in person.

    If your TN ID card expires within 12 months, you can change your address when you renew your ID (see the “Renew Your TN ID Card” section above).

    Online

    To change your address online, visit the DOS' online information change portal. You’ll need:

    • Your ID card number.
    • Your last name.
    • The last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.
    • Your date of birth.

    By E-Mail or Mail

    To change your address by e-mail or by mail, you’ll need to provide your:

    • Full name.
    • Date of birth.
    • ID card number.
    • Social Security Number (SSN).
    • Old address.
    • New address.

    Send the above information either:

    • By e-mail to FinResp.Safety@tn.gov with the subject “Change of Address.”
    • By mail to:

    Tennessee Department of Safety
    PO BOX 945
    Nashville, TN 37202

    The TN Department of Safety will update your address within 15 business days.

    In Person

    To change your address in person, visit a TN DOS driver service center and complete a change of address form.

    Note: Changing your address is free, but if you want your new address to appear on your Tennessee ID, you will need to apply and pay for a replacement ID card. (See the “Replace Your TN ID Card” section above.)

    Change Your Name

    To change your name, you must visit a TN Driver Service Center in person and bring:

    • Your current Tennessee ID.
    • Your legal name change documents, such as an original or a certified copy of your:
      • Marriage certificate.
      • Divorce decree.
      • Court order.
    • Payment for a replacement card (see the “Tennessee ID Card Fees” section above).

    You cannot change your name online or by mail.

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