12Jul 2015

The Tennessee Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) has implemented a Graduated Driver License (GDL) program which is meant to help first time applicants be more responsible drivers when they obtain their unrestricted driver license. Under the GDL program, applicants are required to achieve a number of milestones before obtaining a full driver license. According to the GDL program you must complete 3 phases:

  • Learner’s permit.
  • Intermediate restricted license.
  • Intermediate unrestricted license.

In addition, you will have to take and pass a Written Tennessee Permit Test before you are issued with your permit or license.

If you recently moved to Tennessee and you have an out-of-state driver’s license or driver’s permit, you have a maximum of 30 days to transfer it. However, you must meet all the requirements of the Tennessee GDL program to obtain a TN learner’s permit or driver’s license. If you are above 16 years old and you have held your out-of-state learner’s permit for more than 6 months with no traffic violations you may apply for an intermediate restricted driver’s license.

After you have all the required documents, you can book an appointment and visit your local DMV office to take the written permit test. The written test is composed of information from the Tennessee Driver’s Manual. The questions mainly entail: Tennessee traffic laws, road signs, safe driving techniques, defensive driving, vehicle positioning, signaling and communicating to other drivers, parking, sharing the road, road signage, entering and exiting the freeway, lane use, and accident and emergency procedures.

To prepare for the test, it is recommended that you read through the Tennessee Driver’s Manual, it will give you comprehensive information about what you need to know about the written permit test. In addition, you can also take online practice test so that you experience the kind of questions that will be set on the written knowledge test. The online tests also provide a unique way to review and learn the content in the driver’s manual.  In case you fail the knowledge examination on your first attempt, you will have to wait until the next business day before you retake the test again.