This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in Tennessee
Under Tennessee's Graduated Driver License (GDL) program, you're eligible to begin driving at 15 years old. But before grabbing the car keys, you must first obtain a learner's permit. Teens eighteen and older are exempt from the GDL process.
A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests
Take multiple practice permit tests to gauge your readiness for the written exam. All questions are similar to those found on the actual permit test, directly based on material covered in Tennessee's Comprehensive Driver's License Manual.
B) Gather Required Documents and Tennessee Fees
Arrive at your local Driver Service Center with:
- Proof of identity
- Proof of legal presence
- Proof of Tennessee residency
- Proof of Social Security number or sworn affidavit if without a number
- Proof of school attendance
- A completed Teenage Affidavit/Financial Responsibility form
- Payment for permit and test fees
C) Take the Written Permit Test
Tests are given on a walk-in basis only. After submitting all necessary documents, you'll be cleared to take the written permit test and a vision screening. Pass both and you'll leave the building with a learner's permit, making you legal to drive.
Retake Written Exam
You must wait seven days before trying again.