Tennessee offers online document check for Real ID applications

The yellow star, top right, indicates an Real ID compliant license. (Image credit: TSA)

A crush of Tennesseans trying to update their driver’s licenses to comply with Real ID standards caused long lines and delays before the federal government issued a reprieve during the pandemic.

A year ago, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security put off the enforcement deadline from October 2020 to October 2021, when Real IDs will be needed to board domestic flights.

With that date now approaching (and with vaccines making travel more likely), the state Department of Safety is offering a digital upload service so documents can be verified before people go to a Driver Service station to upgrade their IDs. That way, people won’t face the prospect of waiting in line only to find out they don’t have the correct paperwork with them.

Here’s the release from the Safety Department detailing the program.

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (TDOSHS) Driver Services division is pleased to announce the addition of document uploads to its online services options. This service allows new and existing customers to upload required identity documents to be pre-vetted and added to the customer’s profile prior to visiting a Driver Services Center.

“This new service will reduce the number of potential visits and cut down transaction time at the Driver Services Center with our staff by pre-vetting the customer’s uploaded documents,” said Commissioner Jeff Long. “One of the biggest frustrations we see for customers visiting a Driver Services Center is finding out they don’t have the correct documents with them when they arrive.”

Current customers wanting to apply for a REAL ID; first-time driver license and ID applicants; and new resident applicants are eligible to use this service. To begin the document upload process, visit www.tn.gov/safety/driver-services/online and navigate to e-Services. Existing customers will enter the required information fields and select “Upload Documents” from their service menu. New residents or first-time applicants will click, “Apply for a Tennessee permit, license, or ID” to begin the application and document upload process. Customers who complete the online document upload process will receive an email notification of their document review status.

Customers should allow up to five business days for their documents to be reviewed. Once approved, customers may visit any Driver Services Center or participating county clerk partner.

The approved uploaded documents must be presented in-person at a Driver Services Center or participating county clerk partner to verify the documents are original or certified. Proof of name change documents are not accepted for online document upload and need to be presented at the time of service.

The department encourages all Tennesseans to utilize the online portal to complete driver services such as driver license or CDL renewal, submitting reinstatement documents, change of address and many more. For services not available online in e-Services, customers may visit a Self-Service Kiosk, participating county clerk partner or are encouraged to make an appointment for their Driver Services Center visit.

13 Responses to Tennessee offers online document check for Real ID applications

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    James White says:

    I remember when Marsha Blackburn was my congressman and she kept voting for The Real ID Act. She hates freedom and liberty. Over 25 states NULLIFIED the law and just refused to enforce.
    So the EVER Powerful National Government said We run the FAA and if you want to fly you will have to have the ‘National ID’.
    How far have the Republicans and Democrats brought us to complete Communism is life threatening.
    I weep for the children.

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    James White says:

    Will they add the ‘VAXX’ stamp next like Israel and the EU ?

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    Judy R says:

    James White, surely you haven’t forgotten 9-11. Some things might just be for our own protection You seem to always be confrontational.

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      James White says:

      The Constitution still stands and applies.

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        Beatrice Shaw says:

        The Constitution can be amended during times of a Pandemic to further encourage safety. Leaders should be able to change policy in the midst of a Pandemic, recession or insurrection–all 3 felt today!!

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          Justin says:

          An amendment may be proposed by a two-thirds vote of both Houses of Congress, or, if two-thirds of the States request one, by a convention called for that purpose. The amendment must then be ratified by three-fourths of the State legislatures, or three-fourths of conventions called in each State for ratification. It is extremely unlikely with 50-50 Senate that it will happen and Democrats only hold the House by a handful of votes. Congress does not have the liberty or power to say “Oh and btw, we are changing the law of the land for a year”.

          While you have the right to express your opinion, that’s not how it works.

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    steve cates says:

    I thought we could use our passports instead of getting the “yellow star”?

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      Beatrice Shaw says:

      some people can’t afford a passport

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Then they certainly can’t afford to travel. Come on Beatrice, this isn’t the issue voter registration/ID issue. You simply can’t expect to use the same tired liberal talking points for EVERYTHING.

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          Justin says:

          Stuart, Spirit Airlines is offering flights from Nashville as low as $55 to cities around the country. Affordability of travel has NEVER been this favorable. Even when an airline sells a ticket currently, it is still losing revenue through operating costs.

          You do NOT need the REAL ID if you have a passport. A valid passport will ALWAYS hold more power than any state issued ID.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Stuart, You mean just like you use the same old conservative talking points for everything?

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