The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is responsible for issuing driver’s licenses and maintaining driving records.
Renew a driver’s license
Driver’s licenses and state identification licenses need to be renewed every 5 years and expire on the birthday of the person they are issued to. There are several ways to renew a license and you can even renew one that has been expired if it has been less than 5 years since it expired.
The fastest way to renew a driver’s license is online. To renew online you will need your license number and the last four digits of your SSN. You will also need a credit or debit card to make the payment. Once you complete the online renewal process you can print out the final confirmation page to use as your temporary license. You can use the temporary license until your new driver’s license is mailed to you. You can renew your license online here.
You can also choose to renew your driver’s license in person at a local Tennessee DMV. If you want a new photo for your license you will need to visit a DMV in person.
A renewal can also be completed via traditional mail. The renewal notice that you receive prior to the expiration date will provide instructions on how to renew via mail if it is an option.
Order your driving records or history
The Department of Safety maintains the driving history for all licensed drivers in the state. These histories are called Motor Vehicle Records or MVRs. Your MVR is your official driving history for the previous 3 years.
You can order your MVR online here. You will need to be able to print a PDF file and you will need your name, birth date, license number and credit or debit card to be able to order your history online.
You can also request your driving records in person at a Tennessee DMV or a driver service station. They are located throughout the state and you can view this map to find the one nearest you.
Ordering another person’s driving history
There are cases where certain people or entities are authorized to view another person’s driving history. The following are authorized purposes for requesting another person’s driving history:
- Fraud Investigation
- Government Business
- Statistical or Research
- Law Enforcement
- Private Investigation
In addition, the reason for the request needs to be listed in accordance with the Tennessee laws governing driving history requests.
The form for requesting another person’s driving history can be found here.