New law requires photo driver licenses for Tennesseans over 59

New law requires photo driver licenses for Tennesseans ages 60 and older

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Starting Jan. 1, people 60 and older will have to get a photo-bearing driver license. Starting Jan. 1, people 60 and older will have to get a photo-bearing driver license.
I do think it will be helpful," said Knox County Clerk Foster Arnett. I do think it will be helpful," said Knox County Clerk Foster Arnett.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A new law taking effect in 2013 requires all Tennessee residents ages 60 and older to have a photo on their driver license.

Until now, the law in Tennessee has been that people ages 60 and older are not required to have a photo.

Every year, thousands of people head to the clerk's office to get their licenses renewed, and a lot of people choose the no-photo option.

"It's very common. It's been that way for years. Before my parents passed away, they didn't have a picture on their driver licenses either," said Knox County Clerk Foster Arnett.

But starting Jan. 1, that's going to change. People 60 and older will have to get a photo-bearing driver license.

However, they don't have to run out and get one immediately. They just have to get one with a photo when their current license expires.

James and Barbara Winter at the O'Connor Senior Center in Knoxville say the law makes sense to them. They say every year, they get asked for their ID more and more.

"I use it all the time. Every time I use my credit card. They even ask at the bank to see my photo," said Barbara Winter of Knoxville.

"It's convenient. You gotta get it done anyway, so why not get your picture made," said James Winter of Knoxville.

The clerk's office thinks it will make things simpler across the board.

"Just like anybody else, if you have to show ID with your picture on it, so I do think it will be helpful," said Arnett.

When you go to get a new license with your picture on it, bring your old license with you to the clerk's office or driver testing center.

The fee to renew will stay the same, costing $15.

The state estimates the new law will bring in an extra $98,100 in revenue.

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