How do I get an appointment at the Tennessee DMV? If you are a new resident of Tennessee, you may need to consider some of the processes and paperwork necessary to keep your vehicle’s documents, as well as the driver’s own, in order.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is the office in charge of processing driver’s license, vehicle and related paperwork in the state of Tennessee.
You can schedule a DMV Tennessee appointment online, over the phone or in person at an office near you.
Request an appointment at DMV Tennessee
- Log in from the Tennessee DMV at https://www.tn.gov/driver-services.html.
- Choose from Online Services, Driver’s License/ID, Business License, Titles or Registrations.
- You can schedule an appointment, exam, renew your license, ID card, request a duplicate, make changes or payments.
- However, you can also check hours of operation and access phone numbers.
- Some Tennessee DMV offices will be able to assist you in person, others from telephone services.
At DMV Tennessee, an appointment-only reservation system has been implemented for certain required in-person transactions that cannot be completed online, by phone or by mail.
Best times to visit the Tennessee DMV
Here are some tips on the best times to visit the Tennessee DMV.
- Afternoons tend to be busier than mornings
- The middle of the week tends to have shorter waits than Monday and Friday
- The DMV Tennessee office starts the lunch break around noon, which leaves fewer employees. Try to avoid the lunch hour if possible.
- Make sure you have enough time to finish your paperwork, especially if you are obtaining a permit or taking a road test.
What to do at DMV Tennessee
DMV Tennessee is adding more and more online services so you can get things done without having to visit a physical office for an appointment. You can renew your vehicle registration, replace your license and more online.
Here are some of the services you will be able to perform at DMV Tennessee online appointments.
Tennessee driver’s license
- For new Tennessee residents
- Renewing your license
- Replacing lost licenses
- Change of address
- Name change
- Teen/Graduate License
- Hardship license
- Temporary License
Commercial driver’s license
- Schedule your appointment to obtain your business license
- Medical Certification Requirements
- Hazardous Materials
- Endorsement for hire
Tennessee Motorcycle License
Driver’s License Fees
License fees in Tennessee vary depending on the type of license you are applying for. As of January 1, 2016, licenses are renewed every eight (8) years from the date of issuance rather than the date of birth.
Accepted methods of payment for a driver’s license and ID are cash, check, money order or MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover credit cards.
Real ID in Tennessee
Under the Real ID Act of 2005, minimum security standards are established for issuing and producing licenses and ID cards in all states.
As of May 3, 2023, all persons would be required to carry a REAL ID license to access certain federal buildings, enter nuclear facilities, and board commercial flights within the United States.
- To obtain your real ID in Tennessee, you can renew your license or identification card online for a new real ID.
- If you have not previously been issued a Tennessee driver’s license or ID, go to a Tennessee DMV office.
- Schedule an appointment at a DMV service center to obtain your Real ID Tennessee.
What to bring to your Tennessee DMV appointment
If you are applying for a driver’s license or travel ID (a REAL ID-compliant license or ID) in Tennessee, you will need to bring some documents with you to your appointment with the Tennessee DMV. If you have all of your documents with you, your visit will go faster and smoother. Documents include:
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence, such as a passport or birth certificate
- Proof of social security number, such as a social security card or W-2 form
- Two documents proving your Tennessee residency, such as a utility bill or lease.
All documents must be originals and stamped if necessary.