Minor/Teenage Affidavit & Proof of School Attendance

What is the Minor/Teenage Affidavit?

The Minor/Teenage Affidavit confirms that the adult signing the form joins in the application for the license and will be responsible for the actions of the minor driver. It must be signed by a parent, a step-parent living at the same address as the applicant, legal guardian, or a grandparent authorized by the parent, step-parent or guardian.

The appropriate adult must sign the form in the presence of a driver license examiner, OR ; if for some reason the adult cannot come with the applicant to the driver testing station, the form can be downloaded. The form must be signed by the appropriate adult and the signature notarized. Note: the signature MUST be notarized by a notary public if the adult cannot accompany the applicant to the driver testing station. Only then can the form be accepted without the presence of the adult.

If the grandparent is assuming financial responsibility for the youth, the grandparent must bring a notarized statement authorizing this, signed by the parent, stepparent, custodian or guardian, as appropriate. The statement does not have to be on a department form, but should be in the following general format:

I do hereby authorize ______________ (name of grandparent)
to sign for a driver license for ___________ (name of minor).
Signed: ________________________ (name and relationship of adult granting authorization)
[Notary certificate]

Proof of School Attendance

Applicants under the age of 18 must prove they are enrolled in school. If they have already graduated, they must bring their high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate with them when they apply. If not, they need to request their school to complete a Certificate of Compulsory School Attendance and take the original part of this form with them to a driver license station. The form is valid for only 30 days.

If a student 15 years of age or older withdraws from school, the school shall notify the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security of such withdrawal. This can result in the suspension of the student's driving privileges. The first time a student drops out, he or she may regain the privilege to drive by returning to school. For a second or subsequent withdrawals, a student shall have all driving privileges suspended until the student attains 18 years of age.

Certification of Compulsory School Attendance Form