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Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security speeds up Driver License Renewals with iPad Technology

Tennessee Department of SafetyNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is using Apple iPad technology in its state driver service centers to help improve wait times for customers who need to renew or replace driver licenses.

The department has installed 72 iPad kiosks, called ASSETS (automatic self-service electronic terminals), inside 26 driver service centers across Tennessee, primarily located in the state’s urban areas. Customers who visit specified driver service centers to simply renew or replace a lost driver license may use a special application installed on the iPads to quickly complete and pay for the transaction using a credit or debit card.

iPad ASSETS at Tennessee Driver Service Centers
iPad ASSETS at Tennessee Driver Service Centers

The customer should get the new driver license within minutes of the transaction. Other services available on the iPad ASSETS include the ability to change addresses on existing driver licenses and process reinstatement payments. (Applicants for reinstatement must still submit the required documents to be eligible for this service.) In the near future, customers will be able to use the iPads to schedule road test appointments.

“Reducing the wait time at driver service centers is one of our top priorities. These self-service iPad stations will cut down on the number of customers waiting for service from a driver license examiner and will help reduce the overall wait time for all customers,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

The department also encourages citizens to renew driver licenses online at www.tn.gov.  Several other driver services are available on this site, 24-hours day, including address change and duplicate license requests.

The iPad ASSETS cost $79,200 and were purchased to replace existing equipment that reached the end of its service life. The iPads were ideal because of their smaller size and built-in touch screen keyboards. Additionally, the wireless capability makes the iPads accessible from any location inside the driver service center.

iPad ASSET Driver Service Center Locations

County / Center

  • Davidson County (Centennial Blvd.)
  • Davidson County (Tennessee Tower)
  • Davidson County (Hart Lane)
  • Sumner County (Gallatin)
  • Williamson County (Franklin)
  • Madison County (Jackson)
  • Knox County (West Knoxville)
  • Knox County (Strawberry Plains)
  • Blount County (Maryville)
  • Rutherford County (Murfreesboro)
  • Dickson County (Dickson)
  • Obion County (Union City)
  • Sullivan County (Blountville)
  • Montgomery County (Clarksville)
  • Putnam County (Cookeville)
  • Shelby County (Summer Ave.)
  • Shelby County (Millington)
  • Shelby County (Walnut Grove)
  • Shelby County (Whitehaven)
  • Shelby County (Hickory Ridge Mall)
  • Fayette County (Oakland)
  • Bradley County (Cleveland)
  • Hamilton County (Red Bank)
  • Hamilton County (Bonnie Oaks)
  • Washington County (Johnson City)
  • Greene County (Greenville)

About the Tennessee Department of Safety

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public.  The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.


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