Qualifications





SMTI will first determine eligibility by the following: A candidate must have:

You Must be a permanent resident of the USA

Once this is completed, the candidate will need the following before starting:




Tennessee Driver License Policy

New Qualification Requirement in Place as of May 29, 2004




Tennessee has a new law requiring proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency in order to obtain a Tennessee driver license. This new policy, which went into effect May 29, 2004, requires first-time applicants as well as new and returning residents of Tennessee to show documents confirming they are a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
When applying for a Tennessee driver license, applicants must now provide:


In addition to first-time applicants, new and returning residents, anyone issued a Tennessee driver license since January 1, 2001 will also be required to provide documentation they are either a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident at the time of their first renewal. If an individual is unable to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency, they will not qualify for a renewal of their driver license. These individuals may qualify for a Certificate for Driving. Certificates for Driving will be available beginning July 1, 2004.

Acceptable documents proving an applicant is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident include, but are not limited to, the following:




A list of acceptable documents showing positive proof of identity and proof Tennessee residency is found in the Tennessee Driver Handbook. (NOTE: Due to the large file size of the handbook, download time may be slow. As an alternative, please visit our HTML chart of acceptable documents that may be used as proof of identity and proof of Tennessee residency).

For more information please contact the department toll free at 1-866-368-6335 or send an e-mail to cfd.help@state.tn.us.