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    Renew Your Driver’s License in Tennessee

    Before your Tennessee driver’s license expires, you need to renew it with the TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security Driver Services Division in order to continue driving legally in the state.

    On this page you’ll find information on how to renew your license online, by mail, and in person.

    When to Renew Your TN Driver’s License

    Your Tennessee driver’s license expires on your birthday every 5 years.

    8–10 weeks before your expiration date, the Tennessee DMV will mail you a renewal notice that will indicate if you can renew:

    • Online.
    • By mail.
    • In person.

    Your Tennessee driver license status will determine how and when you can renew your license. Read below to find out more about the requirements for each driver’s license status.

    NOTE: If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you must renew your temporary driver license in person.

    Valid Driver License

    If you hold a valid Tennessee driver’s license, you can renew it up to 12 months before it expires.

    Expired Driver’s License

    If your drivers license has been expired for over 30 days, you’ll need to pay a late fee when you renew.

    For more information, contact the Tennessee Driver Services Division at (866) 849-3548.

    Suspended Driver License

    If your drivers license is suspended, you’ll need to reinstate your driving privileges.

    For more information, please see our guide on Suspended Licenses in Tennessee.

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    Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver’s License

    If your driver’s license is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can still renew it as long as you know your driver’s license number.

    Do not drive without a valid driver’s license in Tennessee. If you’d like to request a replacement card, please see our Replacing a Lost License in Tennessee page.

    Online Driver’s License Renewal

    To renew your driver license online, visit the TN Online Driver Services website. You’ll need:

    • Your TN driver’s license number.
    • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number (SSN).
    • Your TN mailing address.
    • A credit/debit card for the $19.50 renewal fee.

    When you complete your online renewal, you’ll be able to print a confirmation page and use it as a driver license extension. You will receive your new TN driver’s license within 20 business days.

    NOTE: If you did not receive a confirmation page, you can check the status of your renewal by contacting the Tennessee DMV at (615) 313-0300 or e-mail help@egovtn.org.

    By-Mail Driver’s License Renewal

    Your renewal notice will inform you whether or not you can renew your driver’s license by mail.

    Follow the instructions on your renewal form to renew by mail.

    If you are out of state and would like to renew your TN driver’s license by mail, please see the “Military Member Driver’s License Renewal” and “Out-of-State Tennessee Residents” sections below.

    In-Person Driver’s License Renewal

    To renew your driver’s license in person, visit a Tennessee DMV office and:

    • Bring your current driver license.
    • Take a new photo.
    • Provide a new signature.
    • Pay the $19.50 renewal fee.

    Non-U.S. Citizens

    If you are not a U.S. citizen and you need to renew your temporary driver’s license, visit your local Tennessee DMV office. You’ll need to provide:

    Your updated legal presence documents.

    • 2 documents proving your Tennessee address, such as your:
      • Utility bill.
      • Bank statement.
      • Rental agreement.
    • Payment for the $19.50 renewal fee.

    Your temporary driver license will remain valid for the length of your authorized stay.

    Military Member Driver’s License Renewal

    If you are an active duty military member, your expired drivers license will remain valid for 60 days after your discharge or return to Tennessee.

    You can request for a “Code 30” to be printed on your driver’s license that will indicate your military extension.

    To request a “Code 30” you’ll need:

    • Notarized copies of the front and back of your military ID.
    • A copy of your military orders.
    • Your out-of-state mailing address.
    • Payment for the duplicate fee:
      • First duplicate: $8.
      • Subsequent duplicates: $12.

    Mail all of the above to:

    TN Department of Safety
    Cashier Office
    P.O. Box 945
    Nashville, TN 37202

    If you’d like to renew your driver license while you’re out of state on active duty, you can renew either online or by mail. See the “Out-of-State Driver’s License” section below.

    Out-of-State Driver License Renewal

    If you will be out of state when your drivers license expires, you can renew it up to 12 months before it expires, either:

    • In person (see the “In-Person Driver’s License Renewal” section above).
    • Online (see the “Online Driver’s License Renewal” section above).
      OR
    • By mail with your renewal notice.

    If you will be outside of Tennessee and would like to renew by mail, you will need to:

    • Write a letter that includes your:
      • Full name.
      • TN driver’s license number.
      • Date of birth.
      • Out-of-state mailing address.
      • Phone number.
    • Provide notarized copies of 2 documents proving your identity, such as your:
      • TN driver’s license.
      • U.S. passport.
      • Military ID card.
    • Provide verification that you cannot apply in person, such as:
      • Your military orders, or the military orders for your parent or spouse.
      • Employment documents or a letter from your employer.
    • Provide a check or money order for the $19.50 renewal fee.

    Mail all of the above to:

    TN Department of Safety
    Cashier Office
    P.O. Box 945
    Nashville, TN 37202