Driver’s License Reinstatement

Legal Advice Information

  • If you were represented by the Public Defender’s Office, contact their office at 865.594.6120 for assistance.
  • If you don’t have an attorney and need legal advice or court costs waiver assistance, contact the University of Tennessee College of Law Legal Clinic at 865.974.2331.
  • If you don’t have an attorney and need legal advice, contact the Knoxville Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at 865.522.7501 or apply for a court-appointed attorney.

Helpful Contact Information

Reinstate Online:   

In Person:
209 Gore Road, Knoxville, TN 37919
7320 Region Lane, Knoxville, TN 37914

By Phone:
865.690.6393 (West Knoxville #)
865.594.6399 (East Knoxville #)
1.866.903.7357 (Toll Free #)  

U.S. Mail:
TN Dept. of Safety & Homeland Security
Financial Responsibility                     
PO BOX 945
Nashville, TN 37202

  • Please have the following information ready:
    • Full Name • Driver’s License Number • Date of Birth • Social Security Number

Driver’s License Reinstatement (FAQs)

  • The Tennessee Department of Safety may suspend your driver’s license for reasons such as truancy, frequent traffic violations, or failure to satisfy a traffic citation.
  • Even if you’ve never applied for a driver’s license, the Tennessee Department of Safety will track any driving violations by assigning you a driver’s license number and your license status will be classified as “suspended.”   You must pay all fines and fees before getting a valid driver’s license.
  • The Tennessee Department of Safety may revoke your driver’s license for reasons such as failure to provide proof of financial responsibility, non-payment of child support, non-payment of court costs within one year of disposition of any criminal case, and conviction for some offenses.  Offenses that may trigger revocation of your license include Underage Consumption, DUI, Implied Consent Law Violation, Driving on Revoked or Suspended License, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Drag Racing, Vehicular Assault, and Vehicular Homicide.
  • If you are licensed to drive by a state other than Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Safety is required to notify that state of any qualifying Tennessee violations under the Driver’s License Compact.  The state that issued your license may suspend or revoke it based on the Tennessee violation.

  • Contact the Tennessee Department of Safety to see if you may be eligible.

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