(865) 457-6226 jeffcole@acs.ac

Driver's License
and Voter ID

Driver License & Voter ID

Save time and avoid long lines. Renew your driver license online.

The Anderson County Clerk’s office is now offering Driver License Services to the public.

Clinton Courthouse
Room 111
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone Number: 865-457-6228
Fax: 865-463-6892

The Oak Ridge Driver’s License Office
County Clerk Office, Emory Valley Road
Phone Number: 865-483-8989
Fax: 865-483-8989
There will be a $4 processing fee in addition to the state’s charges.

Self Serve Kiosk
Credit/debit card only
North Anderson County Clerk’s Office
3310 Andersonville Hwy

The Department of Safety has placed some restrictions on the services the Clerk’s offices can provide; however, these are the services the State of Tennessee will allow the Clerk’s Office to offer to the public:

1. Renewal of Tennessee drivers licenses

2. Making duplicate Tennessee drivers licenses (Two pieces of identification required: checkbooks or credit cards are not acceptable forms of identification)

3. Registering people to vote as allowed under the motor voter law

REMEMBER: NO PHOTOCOPIES, FAXES, OR CARBON COPIES OF LEGAL DOCUMENTS CAN BE ACCEPTED.

The Clerk’s Office is not able to give written or physical drivers tests, give drivers licenses to new drivers, or issue commercial or specialty licenses.

Voter Photo ID

Anderson County Clerk Jeff Cole, has partnered with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to make more outlets available for registered voters to get photo driver licenses for voting purposes. Under a new state law, starting in 2012 voters will have to show a state or federal issued photo ID to cast a ballot at the polls in Tennessee.

Jeff Cole, is one of 30 county clerks across the state who have agreed to issue photo driver licenses at no charge to registered voters who currently have non-photo driver licenses. Jeff Cole, is an existing partner with the Department and currently issues renewal and replacement driver licenses and identification cards to Tennessee residents. Under the new agreement, Jeff Cole, will forgo the $4 service fee normally paid to Anderson County for providing this service. Jeff Cole, and the 29 other county clerks have agreed to provide this service starting October 15 and will continue through March 12, a week after the presidential primary election.

This partnership greatly increases the number of locations where registered voters may get photos added to their driver licenses.

We are glad that we have the opportunity to provide this service to our citizens at no cost to them. However, each applicant wishing to receive the photo at no charge is required to complete an Affidavit for Voter Photo Identification License. Also, it is important that the public know that if they are making any changes, besides just adding a photo to the license, there will be a charge for that service.

Of the 30 counties where clerks have agreed to provide this service, 21 are in counties without state Driver Service Centers. Anderson County is one of those counties without a state Driver Service Center.

Voter ID Checklist

Please Make Sure You Have All of the REQUIRED Documents With You Before Coming to the Office to Obtain a Voter Photo ID.

Voter ID Law

Starting in 2012, registered voters in Tennessee will have to show government-issued photo identification in order to cast a ballot at the polls.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Tennessee driver license with a photo (valid or expired);
  • A driver license issued by another state (valid or expired);
  • U.S. passport;
  • Federal employee ID with photo;
  • State employee ID with photo (including those issued by state universities);
  • U.S. military ID; or
  • Gun permit card with a photo.
  • Student ID cards from state universities are NOT acceptable.
  • The new law requiring a government-issued photo ID to vote applies only to those voting at polling places. It does not apply to those casting absentee ballots under state law, including those age 65 or older who wish to vote absentee or those voting at licensed nursing homes.
For Citizens Without Government-Issued Photo IDs:

If you are a registered voter and do not have a government-issued photo ID, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security will provide you with a photo ID at no charge. Citizens may obtain these IDs at 48 of the Driver Service Centers across the state. (The only center where IDs are not available is the Driver License Reinstatement Center on Murfreesboro Road in Davidson County.)

Under the new voter ID law, in order to get a photo ID for voting purposes, voters must show the following documentation to a Driver Service Center examiner:

  • Proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate); and
  • Two proofs of Tennessee residency (such as a copy of a utility bill, vehicle registration/title, or bank statement).
  • It is very important to bring these documents to the Driver Service Center. Under the law, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security cannot issue a photo ID without each of these required items. (If you do not have a birth certificate, ask to speak to a Driver Service Center manager who will work with you to identify possible other documentation to prove citizenship).
  • For a photo ID, each applicant must also sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury stating that he or she does not have a valid government-issued photo ID for voting purposes. To expedite this transaction, voters may print the affidavit here and sign it before visiting the Driver Service Center. Copies of this affidavit are also available at county election commissions across the state.
For Citizens With Non-Photo Driver Licenses
  • Any citizen who currently holds a non-photo Tennessee driver license may elect to simply get a photo driver license rather than a separate photo ID.
  • A citizen with a non-photo driver license must sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury stating that he or she does not have a valid government-issued photo ID for voting purposes. To expedite this transaction, voters may print the affidavit here and sign it before visiting the Driver Service Center. Copies of this affidavit are also available at county election commissions across the state. There will be no fee for this service.

Notice: The following applies to Drivers Service Centers and does not apply to County Clerk Offices:

To help reduce the wait time for voters who need government-issued photo IDs, these citizens will be placed in an “express service” category when entering a Driver Service Center. Please tell the employee greeting customers that you are at the center for a government-issued photo ID for voting purposes.