Tennessee’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) Program is a multi-tiered program designed to ease young novice drivers into full driving privileges as they become more mature and develop their driving skills. By requiring more supervised practice, the State of Tennessee hopes to save lives and prevent tragic injuries. Tennessee’s GDL Program started on July 1, 2001. It places certain restrictions on teens under the age of 18 who have learner permits and driver licenses. The program requires parent/legal guardian involvement, and emphasizes the importance of a good driving record.
The Graduated Driver License law provides for three phases of licensing for teens under 18 years of age:
The procedures for obtaining a driver license for those under the age of 18 are covered in Section A-3 of the Comprehensive Driver Manual. Review Section A-3 of the Comprehensive Driver Manual for additional information on the Graduated Driver License Program.
For the issuance of a Tennessee Learner Permit:
For the issuance of a Tennessee Intermediate Driver License:
PLEASE NOTE: All documents are subject to verification with the issuing agency or source. Documents subject to verification may delay the issuance of your permit, driver license or identification only license.
No photocopies will be accepted!
For a Learner Permit or Intermediate Driver License you will need to bring:
The Comprehensive Driver License Manual is designed for all current and potential drivers in Tennessee and will help new and old drivers alike get ready for initial, renewal, and other license applications by explaining:
It also includes information needed to pass the knowledge tests for a Class D Tennessee driver license. You will need to study this manual to prepare for a knowledge or road skills test.