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The problem of getting your driver’s license reinstated in Tennessee

Most people whose driver’s license has been suspended by a judge are eager to get it back as soon as possible. We may take it for granted, but we depend on our driving privileges to get to and from work, take care of errands and shuttle our children around town. When the authorities take away that privilege, they also take away much of our independence.

Fortunately, in many cases, you can get your driving privileges back — though you will have to wait a while, and you might not get your full ability to drive legally restored. Still, if you follow the steps, you can at least get a restricted license that allows you to drive to work or school.

The driver’s license reinstatement process in Tennessee

The process of getting your license partly or fully reinstated is often complicated. There are several steps you need to take, and the process changes depending on why your license was suspended in the first place.

First, you must pay the required fees. You can do this online, through the mail, or in person using a self-service kiosk. Some Tennessee counties, not including Montgomery County, have Reinstatement Centers where you can pay in person. Montgomery County’s self-service kiosk is in Clarksville’s county election office.

Next, you must submit the proper documents. Again, this is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. You need to use the appropriate documents for your specific case. Plus, you must sit out the required waiting period first. Otherwise, your petition will be rejected, and you will have to start over. A lot of people who try to go through this without help struggle to get their license back.

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