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Tennessee Driver Services Centers to begin phased reopening, May 18th

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) announces how Driver Services Centers will operate beginning this Monday, May 18th, 2020.

Tennessee Driver Services Centers to offer select services beginning May 18th.
Tennessee Driver Services Centers to offer select services beginning May 18th.

All Driver Services Centers, with the exception of the Shelbyville Driver Services Center remain open and are taking additional precautions to protect the health and safety of customers and our employees.

We continue to encourage customers to utilize our e-Services portal to complete numerous transactions such as renewals, duplicates, paying reinstatement fees, and completing the new resident application. We ask the public to be please be patient and understanding as normal services resume.

When visiting a center, all customers are required to:

  • Wear a cloth face covering provided by the customer
  • Be checked for temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Answer COVID-19 Coronavirus health screening questions
  • Distance at least six feet from others when possible
  • Not be experiencing any COVID-19 Coronavirus symptoms
  • Use the queuing system to receive notifications as they wait in their vehicle if center has reached limited capacity.

Saturday, May 16th: Appointment calendars reopen

  • The first available appointments for road skills test will be Monday, June 15th. Skills tests appointments must be made in the e-Services portal or by calling 866.849.3548.
  • The Driver Services Appointments system re-launches to include 45 Driver Services Centers and expand appointment services to New Resident, Knowledge Test, Reinstatement (at select centers), and Driver Services (for all other transactions). The first available appointments will be Tuesday, May 26th.

Monday, May 18th: Select services begin

  • Rescheduled skills tests for customers whose appointments were canceled between March 12th and May 15th will begin and be completed by June 8th. The Driver Services staff will contact these customers to reschedule skills tests.
  • Knowledge tests will be available at all full-service centers. Tests will be available by appointment beginning May 26th. Testing will also be offered on select Saturdays between June 13th and August 22nd. More information will be posted to tn.gov/safety. Information on Proof of school attendance can be found here if schools are closed due to COVID-19 Coronavirus.
  • New Tennessee residents and new drivers should complete the Driver License Application online before visiting a Driver Services Center. The application is available in the e-Services portal and can be completed on a computer or smartphone.
  • E-Tickets will re-launch at all Driver Services Center locations. Applicants may place themselves in line up to two hours before visiting a center by requesting an E-Ticket online but is not an appointment.


Monday, June 15th: Road skills tests resume

  • Skills tests appointments will resume at all full-service Driver Services Centers. Walk-ins will be offered on a limited basis.

Monday, July 6th: REAL ID resumes

The Department will resume issuing REAL IDs on July 6th. The federal government extended the implementation date of REAL ID to October 1, 2021. For more information on REAL ID and required documents, visit www.tnrealid.gov.

Changes the Department has made at the centers:

  • Adding protective screens at examiner counters
  • Limiting capacity inside centers based on recommended guidelines
  • Providing face shields for examiners performing road skills tests
  • Following employer guidelines set by the Tennessee Pledge

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.


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