Proof of Tennessee Residency

The documents you bring must show your name and the current residential address you used on your application or the name of your spouse, parent or legal guardian. If the document has the name of a spouse, parent or legal guardian and not the applicant, proof of relationship will be required ie a birth or marriage certificate. If you bring a document that contains your name but does not contain your residential address, that document will NOT be accepted.

The documents you present may NOT be from the same source. For example, an applicant could NOT use a water and gas bill from the same utility company. A vehicle registration and vehicle title are acceptable proof for a Regular Driver’s License but will NOT be accepted for a Commercial Drivers License.

All documents are required to be current, issued within the past four (4) months. Internal Revenue Service documents must be from the current tax year.

NOTE: All documents are subject to verification with the issuing agency or source. Documents subject to verification may delay the issuance of your license.

NOTE: All items must be original documents. No photocopies will be accepted. 

To Prove Tennessee Residency, Applicants Must Provide the Following:

Two (2) Documents from List A


One (1) Document from List A and One (1) Document from List B

List A - Acceptable Proofs of Residency

  • Current Utility Bill – This includes landline telephone, electric, water, gas, and cable bills. A wireless telephone bill is acceptable proof for a Regular Driver’s License. Wireless telephone bills will NOT be accepted for a Commercial Drivers License.
  • Current Bank Statement - Internet bank statements are acceptable only if taken to the local bank, stamped and dated by teller as an active account. Checks and checkbook information are NOT acceptable.
  • Current Rental/Mortgage Contract or Receipt including the Deed of Sale for property.
  • Current employer verification of residence address or letter from employer as long as it is on company letterhead with an original signature. If employer does not have letterhead, then the signature of the employer must be notarized.
  • Current Paycheck/Check Stub, Work ID or Badge – residential address must be included on the badge or dicument.
  • Current Automobile, Life or Health Insurance Policy - Wallet Cards will NOT be accepted.
  • Current Driver License/ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to a parent, legal guardian or spouse of applicant.
  • Current Tennessee Motor Vehicle Registration or Title
  • Current Tennessee Voter Registration Card
  • Internal Revenue Service tax reporting W-2 form within last 12 months.
  • Receipt for Personal Property or Real Estate Taxes paid within last 12 months.
  • In case of a student enrolled in a public or private school in Tennessee, the student may provide a photo student ID and acceptable documentation from the Dean or Bursar’s Office that the student lives on campus.

List B - Acceptable Proofs of Residency

  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service
  • Form I-94 issued to the applicant by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service
  • Employment Authorization card (I-766) issued to the applicant by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service
  • I-551 issued to the applicant by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service