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    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 18 years old 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:

    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.

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