Identification Cards in Tennessee
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You don't need to drive to get a state-issued ID card. Any Tennessee resident who does not hold a license may apply for a photo ID at any Driver License Service Center. It looks just like a driver's license, but you don't have to take a test to get one, and you can't drive legally with one.
If you don't drive or don't have a valid driver's license for any reason, you have the option of obtaining an expiring identification license for proof of identity.
Expiring identification license applicants must apply in the same way and present the same documents as required of a driver's license applicant, and the licenses will expire in the same way as a regular driver's license. However, yours won't expire anymore once you're 65 years old or older.
The fee for an expiring identification license is $9.50
Permanent identification licenses are available to anyone who is either mentally or physically handicapped and has proof in the form of a certified statement from a licensed doctor saying the person is unable to operate a vehicle.
Permanent identification license applicants must present the same documents as required of a driver's license applicant.
There are no fees and no expiration dates for permanent identification licenses.
NOTE: At age 65 or older, the ID card does not expire.
Visit any Driver License Service Center with your birth certificate and Social Security card. Cost: $8.
Neither of these identification licenses require testing, nor do they make it legal for you to operate a motor vehicle. They are both for identification purposes only.
Anyone younger than 18 who wishes to obtain an identification license must have a parent or legal guardian complete a Minor/Teenage Affidavit and Cancellation form for them.
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