Tennessee Drivers License Renewal

Renewing your Driver License

If your driver's license is about to expire, you need to act now. Renewing your license before it's too late can save you a lot of time and money. Our staff has researched the driver's license renewal process for every state, so all the information you need is right here at your fingertips. Click "Continue" below to get started..



Renew your license in Tennessee

How to renew your license in Tennessee


Every five years, you can renew your Class D, F, or M license in one of three ways depending on your situation:

  • Online
  • By mail
  • In person

If you need to find out if your license is valid or not you can refer to your driving record.

You may renew your driver's license online if:

  • This is not your first renewal.
  • Your license is valid or has been expired for fewer than five years.
  • You have a Tennessee residence and valid mailing address.
  • Your renewal notice states you're allowed to renew online.

You may not renew your driver's license online if:

  • This is your first renewal.
  • You have a license with a renewal sticker on the back.
  • You are younger than 60 and have a non-photo license.
  • You have a photo license with an issue date prior to October 1996.
  • Your expiring license is a Temporary Driver License (TDL).
  • Your renewal notice states you must renew in person.

How to renew online:

Renewing online is a great way for driver's who are out of state or who just can't get to their local driver license service center.

  • Have ready your mailing address, birth date, the last four digits of your Social Security number, and your driver's license number.
  • Have a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card, or a check card with the Visa or MasterCard logo, to pay the required fees ($15 for the renewal, $2 for the online application, and $5 if your license is expired for six months).
  • Visit Renew Your Driver License Online and begin - You should get your driver's license within 15 days.
  • The option to renew by mail is typically reserved for military personnel and people who are out of state due to missionary work or employment reasons.

You may renew your driver's license by mail if:

  • This is not your first renewal.
  • You received your last license in person.
  • Your renewal notice states you're allowed to renew online.

You may not renew your driver's license by mail if:

  • This is your first renewal.
  • Your expiring license is a Temporary Driver License (TDL).
  • You renewal notice states you must renew in person.

To renew by mail, you must write a letter to the DOS, making sure to take the following steps:

  • List your full name, date of birth, and driver's license number in the letter.
  • Obtain notarized copies of proof of identity.
  • Obtain copies of proof of why you're unable to renew in person (such as copies of your military ID, military orders, and letters from your church or employer stating you're out of state).
  • Provide an address where you can receive your renewed license, as well as a daytime phone number where the DOS can reach you.
  • Include a check or money order for the renewal fee made payable to the Tennessee Department of Safety. (Usually, the fee is $19.50; however, your fee may be different if the expiration date isn't divisible by five. Call the DOS Cashier's Office at (615) 741-3954 for your exact fee.)

Mail everything to:

Tennessee Department of Safety
Cashier's Office
P.O. Box 560
Nashville, TN 37243-1000

Renew your license in person if:

  • This is your first renewal.
  • You don't meet the requirements for renewing online or by mail.
  • You renewal notice states you must renew in person.

To renew in person be prepared to:

  • Present proof of citizenship or lawful residence if this is your first renewal or you have an expiring TDL. (The DOS provides a list of acceptable documents.
  • Pass the vision, written, and driving tests if your license has been expired for five or more years.
  • Pay the appropriate fee. (The renewal fee is typically $19.50, but your fee may vary?especially if your license is expired?so it's wise to call ahead).
  • Get your picture taken and provide your signature.
  • Call ahead to your nearest Driver License Service Center for hours of operation.