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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
The information in this manual is not copyrighted and may be reproduced or translated by the user as needed.
Every effort has been made to provide, in this publication, the most current and accurate information as of July 1, 2009.
Misprints or outdated information that may appear within these pages will not override or supersede changes thathave occurred in the law, promulgated rules and regulations or policy that has been initiated since the printing date.
Where You Can Obtain a Copy of this Publication
This publication is available at every Driver Service Center location across the state.This publication is also available online at the Tennessee Department of Safety website:
tn.gov/safety
Written comments/concerns about this publication should be sent to:Tennessee Department of SafetyDriver Services DivisionPO Box 945Nashville, Tennessee 37202
Service Locations to Obtain or Renew Your License:
To provide the best possible service, the Department of Safety has Driver Service Centers located throughout thestate, open on different days, with expanded operating hours. We have offices open Monday through Friday,Monday through Thursday, as well Tuesday through Friday; to allow for expanded hours of operation toaccommodate our customer’s needs and schedules.To find the nearest location with the service days and operating hours that best fit your needs, go to our website attn.gov/safetyor by calling toll-free 1-866-849-3548. TDD assistance for the hearing impaired can be provided bydialing 615-532-2281 (Telecommunications Device for the Hearing Impaired).i
 
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INTRODUCTION
This Tennessee Comprehensive manual has been divided into three (3) separate sections. The purpose of this manual is to provide ageneral understanding of the safe and lawful operation of a motor vehicle. Mastering these skills can only be achieved with practiceand being mindful of Tennessee laws and safe driving practices.
Section A.
This section is designed for all current and potential drivers in Tennessee. It provides information that all drivers will find useful.Section A consists of pages 1 through 24. This section will help new and experienced drivers alike get ready for initial, renewal, andother license applications by explaining:the different types of licenses availablethe documentation and other requirements for license applications
details on Intermediate Driver Licenses and how this graduated driver license works for driver license applicants under age 18
basic descriptions of the tests required to obtain a Driver License
Section B.
This section is designed to help new drivers study and prepare for the required knowledge and skills for an operator license. Itincludes helpful practice test questions at the end of each chapter. Section B consists of pages 25 through 90.This section of the manual provides information related to:Examination requirements for the vision, knowledge and road testsTraffic signs, signals, and lane markingsBasic Rules of the RoadBeing a responsible driver and knowing the dangers and penalties of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and drugs.
Section C.
This section provides information and safety tips to improve the knowledge of all highway users to minimize the likelihood of acrash and the consequences of those that do occur. This section consists of pages 91-117. It also provides information about sharingthe road with other methods of transportation, which have certain rights and privileges on the highways which drivers must be awareof and respect.It is important to read this information and learn what you can do to stay safe, and keep your family safe, on the streets, roads andhighways of our great state.
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Section A. Chapter 1 Your License
Determining Which Class of License You Need?.................................................................................................................1Who Needs a Tennessee Driver License?..............................................................................................................................2Class D............................................................................................................................................................................2Class D With F (For-Hire Endorsement)........................................................................................................................2Class M (Motorcycle).....................................................................................................................................................2Commercial Driver Licenses – Class A, B, or C...........................................................................................................3Learner Permit (Class PD)..............................................................................................................................................3Class H (Hardship).........................................................................................................................................................3Identification Licenses (“ID Only”)...............................................................................................................................3Penalties for Driving Without a License...............................................................................................................................4Who Is Not Required to Have a License?.............................................................................................................................4Who Is Not Eligible?.............................................................................................................................................................4Temporary Driver License (TDL).........................................................................................................................................4Other Driver Related Topics..................................................................................................................................................5Organ Donor Program – Anatomical Gifts.....................................................................................................................5Voter Registration Motor Voter...................................................................................................................................6International Driving Permit (IDP)................................................................................................................................6Registered Sexual Offender............................................................................................................................................6
Section A. Chapter 2 Applying For Your License
Documents and Forms Checklist...........................................................................................................................................7What Do You Need to Bring?................................................................................................................................................8Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency..................................................................................................8Proof of Identity.....................................................................................................................................................................9Proof of Any Name Change.................................................................................................................................................10Proof of Tennessee Residency.............................................................................................................................................10Accepted Methods of Payment............................................................................................................................................11Social Security Numbers......................................................................................................................................................11If You Have Never Been Issued a Social Security Number................................................................................................11License Fees At a Glance.....................................................................................................................................................11Temporary Driver License (TDL) Fees At A Glance..........................................................................................................11Other Applicants..................................................................................................................................................................11New Residents..............................................................................................................................................................11Military Personnel........................................................................................................................................................12Frequently Asked Questions................................................................................................................................................12
Section A. Chapter 3 Intermediate Licenses For Drivers Under 18 – Graduated License Procedures
Learner Permit.....................................................................................................................................................................14Intermediate License............................................................................................................................................................14First Level – Intermediate Restricted License..............................................................................................................14Second Level – Intermediate Unrestricted License......................................................................................................14Final Level Regular Driver License..........................................................................................................................14New Residents Under 18.....................................................................................................................................................14Restriction Cards for Learner Permit and Intermediate License Holders...........................................................................16Additional Documentation Requirements for Minors.........................................................................................................17Minor/Teenage Affidavits.............................................................................................................................................17Proof of School Attendance/Progress..................................................................................................................................17Cell Phone Usage Prohibited...............................................................................................................................................18Teen Driver FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)...............................................................................................................19
Section A. Chapter 4 The Examinations
General Information.............................................................................................................................................................21Determining Which Tests Are Required..............................................................................................................................21

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