Tennessee relaxes driver’s license rules amid coronavirus pandemic


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated that REAL ID deadlines are changing.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A number of changes driver’s licenses were announced by the state of Tennessee on Thursday.

Here are the highlights:

  • Effective immediately, the Department is waiving its requirement that citizens appear in person and have a new photograph taken through October 1, 2021. This will allow many customers with expiring credentials to renew online and not visit in person.
  • Non-US citizens with Temporary driver licenses (Class XD and XID) will still need to visit in person to renew those licenses upon expiration of the current license.
  •  All Driver Licenses, Learner Permits, Commercial Driver Licenses, Photo Identification Licenses (ID), and Handgun Carry Permits that would expire between March 12, 2020, and May 19, 2020, will be extended for six (6) months from the original expiration date. The Department will issue a letter of extension to the individuals affected. Affected individuals will be required to keep the letter with them during the extension period.
  • Gov. Lee has asked the federal government to delay the October 1st deadline to acquire a Real ID. That decision from the federal government is pending.


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