The health and safety of all Tennesseans is Gov. Lee’s top priority. He has been working closely with city and county mayors, first responders, local elected officials and local law enforcement during the pandemic.
First responders and our health professionals are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. We urge all Tennesseans to support them during this difficult time.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Tennessee Public Utility Commission ordered private, investor-owned natural gas, electric, water, and wastewater utility companies to suspend the disconnection of utility services due to nonpayment during Tennessee’s state of emergency status. For public and co-op utility providers, please contact them to see what emergency programs they have in place.
During the Safer at Home period, the most powerful thing you can do is stay home. That will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our neighbors safe.
More ways to help while practicing social distancing:
- TN Volunteer Mobilizer
- Tennessee Serves
- For vendors wanting to provide their services to help the state respond, visit the LaunchTN Innovation Crowdsource Platform.
- Have PPE to donate? If your agency or medical practice needs PPE, please communicate your supply needs with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). For a list of local EMA personnel visit this site, select the region on the left side of the screen and find your county.
The REAL ID deadline has been postponed, and Governor Lee has suspended the issuance of REAL ID through May 18, 2020. Emissions testing requirements are waived through April 24, 2020. All Drivers Licenses, Learner Permits, CDLs, Photo ID Licenses, and Handgun Carry Permits that would expire between March 12, 2020, and May 19, 2020, will be extended for 6 months after the original expiration date. A letter of extension will be issued to the individuals affected. Affected individuals will be required to keep the letter with them during the extension period.
Starting March 20, 2020, the Department is waiving its requirement that citizens appear in person and have a new photograph taken through October 1, 2021. This will allow many customers with expiring credentials to renew online and not visit in person.
Non-US citizens with Temporary driver licenses (Class XD and XID) will still need to visit in person to renew those licenses upon the expiration of the current license.
Questions about COVID-19? Visit our FAQ page or send a message to Governor Lee's Constituent Services team.
NOTE: Please refrain from sending personal health records or other protected medical information to the Governor’s Office. Concerns or questions regarding the federal government or federal matters are best referred to the appropriate federal officeholder. Additionally, please note that the Governor's Office cannot assist constituents with legal matters or intervene on their behalf in judicial or law enforcement matters.