Governor sets forth new driver license requirements

From Staff Reports

The state has set forth new requirements residents must meet to obtain a driver license or photo identification card due to additional nationwide security concerns since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
   "The primary purpose of a driver license is to ensure driver competence and to protect the public from untrained or untested drivers," Gov. Don Sundquist said. The new changes tighten the way driver licenses and photo IDs are issued in Tennessee and reduce the risk of identity fraud as well as terrorist activity involving false or illegally obtained driver licenses.
   Currently, individuals must show two proofs of identification and two proofs of state residency to be issued a driver license or a photo ID. Also, if a Social Security number isn't provided, the applicant must fill out an affidavit making an oath under penalty of perjury that he/she has never been issued one.
   Under the new rules, if a Social Security number is not provided, and the person signs the affidavit, it will be clearly stated on the front of the driver license. Also, if an individual does not provide a Social Security number or proper INS documentation, the driver license will include the words, "For Driving Purposes Only." Those who fail to provide those documents will not be issued a Tennessee "ID Only" card.
   At least one driver license testing center in east, middle and west Tennessee will be set up to issue driver licenses to those who don't have a Social Security number or INS documentation. Staff members at the centers will receive intensive training to work with foreign documents and to recognize fraudulent paperwork.
   "The new system allows everyone to know and follow the rules of the road, which will keep our citizens safe while traveling the streets and highways of Tennessee," said Department of Safety Commissioner Denny King.