New to Tennessee
Compare Insurance Rates in 3 Easy Steps
1. Start Your Quote:
This state's slogan makes moving to any of Tennessee's 95 counties that much more appealing, doesn't it?
It can go without saying that Tennessee has a reputation for musical excellence. Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Dolly Parton have all had Tennessee addresses. Artists head to Nashville just as actors head to Hollywood. Every year the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is held in Manchester, and let's not forget that Tennessee is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Ryman Auditorium, and Graceland.
Box office hits such as "Walk the Line," "Cast Away," and "The Green Mile" were all filmed in Tennessee, as were smaller heartwarming flicks such as "October Sky." Actors including Morgan Freeman and Cybill Shepherd originally called Tennessee "Home Sweet Home."
If you've found yourself on this page, you obviously want vehicle-related information for Tennessee residents. We've got the information you need about everything from driver licenses and IDs and registration and titling to tickets and traffic school.
Because Tennessee won't allow you to have more than one valid driver license, you have 30 days to turn in your license from your previous state and obtain your Tennessee license.
The vision exam is the only exam you'll be required to take, unless your license has been expired for six months or more. In that case, you'll be required to take the vision, knowledge, and road exams. You'll also be required to take all exams if you're from another country.
Because some counties in Tennessee require vehicles to pass an emissions test before registration, you'll need to check our Smog and Emission Checks section before heading out to your county clerk's office.
Once you're ready, take your emissions certificate, two proofs of residency, two proofs of identification, and the appropriate fees. You'll obtain and complete the Application for Certificate of Title and Registration in the office.
Good news, out-of-state students―as long as you're a U.S. citizen and enrolled full-time or part-time, you don't need to transfer your driver license or your license plate. You simply need to have your current, valid registration card and documentation of your enrollment handy.
If you aren't a U.S. citizen and you plan to drive while you live here, you'll need to obtain your Tennessee driver license. You'll also be interested in our sections for practice tests, education, and training.
If you don't plan to drive, find out how to apply for a state-issued ID card.
Of course. If you're new to Tennessee, surely you'll need information about education, employment, and entertainment, right? Check out the list of helpful links below.
Other Topics in This Section
Your Opinion Matters To Us!Send Feedback
- New Study: Voice Texting and Traditional Texting Equally Distracting
- Bicycling While Boozing
- Federal Agency Stirring Around the Idea of Lowering BAC Limit to .05 Percent
- Pot Runs to Legalized Marijuana States Putting Cops on High Alert
- Behind the scenes: Iron Man & rental car insurance
- 5 Reasons to Welcome Big Brother Into Your Car
We put a lot of effort into making our content helpful & accurate. Please let us know if you see something that isn't clear or correct; we are here to ease any frustrations you may have while navigating DMV topics. We are not a government agency, please reach out to your local DMV, insurance agent, or respective professional for further assistance on specific situations.