How to Get a Driver's License in the Memphis Area

woman driving her car on a highway

Manuel Breva Colmeiro/Getty Images 

Perhaps you are new to Memphis and need to get a Tennessee driver's license. Maybe you are getting your license for the first time. Or maybe you just need to renew your license or change your address. Whatever your need is, here is all you need to know to get it taken care of.

New to Tennessee

If you are a new resident of Tennessee, you must bring the following items to a driver's license station:

  • Your current license (or certified copy of your driving record or other acceptable ID).
  • Proof of name change (if applicable), such as original, certified court order, marriage certificate, or divorce decree.
  • Two proofs of Tennessee residency showing your name and resident address (no P.O. Boxes) dated within the last four months.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status

In addition, you will be required to:

  • Take a Tennessee vision exam at the driver's license station.
  • Take the Tennessee knowledge and road skills exams only if your out-of-state license has been expired for six months or more. Please note that you must make an appointment to take your driving test.
  • Surrender your out-of-state license at the time of application for Tennessee license (foreign country licenses/IDs may be retained).

Getting a License for the First Time

If you are getting a license for the first time, please note that you must make an appointment to take your driving test. In addition, you will need to bring the following items to a testing station:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status
  • Primary proof of identification
  • Secondary proof of identification
  • Proof of any name changes if different than the name on Primary ID
  • Two proofs of Tennessee residency showing your name and resident address (no P.O. Boxes) dated within the last four months.

    If you are under 18 years of age you will need the above documents plus:

    • Teenage Affidavit/Financial Responsibility
    • Proof of school attendance/progress
    • Certification of 50 Hours Behind the Wheel Driving Experience (Form SF-1256)
    • Minor/Teenage Affidavit and Cancellation form

    In addition, to obtain a Tennessee Driver's License for the first time if you are under the age of 18, proof of prior driving experience is required. You must either:

    • Obtain a learner permit for at least six months
      OR
    • Have been licensed to drive in another state for at least 90 days.

    Renewing Your License

    The easiest way to renew your license is to do so online. Or, you may visit any driver's license station.

    Ordering a Duplicate License

    If your driver's license is lost, stolen, or damaged, you may order a duplicate license online. Or, you may visit any driver's license station.

    Changing Your Address

    If you have moved from one Tennessee residence to another, you may change your address online. Or, you may visit any driver's license station.