Safety Department Opens New Reinstatement Office

Sunday, December 17, 2006 | 06:00pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn., — The Department of Safety has opened a new Driver License Reinstatement Office Station at 306 Home Avenue in Maryville.  The Reinstatement Office, which began serving customers on Monday, December 11th, is one of three across the state and is the first office dedicated to reinstatement in eastern Tennessee.  The two other locations are in Memphis and Nashville.  The new office is open from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Drivers who need to reinstate a license are urged to call the Toll-Free number at 866-903-7357 or visit the department’s website at or to determine precisely what information and documentation is necessary for reinstatement.  They must then call the Reinstatement Office at 865-681-2357 to schedule an appointment to be reinstated.  The office also provides a printed copy of a Tennessee motorist “driving record” (MVR) for a cost of $5.00.

Motorists can also pay reinstatement fees online at or
by simply entering their driver license number.  Tennesseans with suspended or revoked licenses must present documentation such as proof of insurance (S-R-22 Insurance form) and proof of tickets and fees paid in order to successfully reinstate a license.  The requirements for reinstatement are based on the reason the driver license was suspended/revoked.

“The new Driver License Reinstatement Office in Maryville will provide drivers in East Tennessee with better and more convenient service for returning to the road,” said Assistant Safety Commissioner Greta Dajani. Some of the most common reasons for suspended and revoked licenses include DUI violations, failure to pay driving citations and failure to show proof of insurance.”

In the Knoxville area alone, the Tennessee Department of Safety reinstates approximately 9,000 drivers annually.  That doesn’t include surrounding areas in East Tennessee that include Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities, adding approximately 18,000 reinstated licenses a year.

The Tennessee Department of Safety ( is responsible for ensuring the safety and general welfare of the traveling public.  The department’s general areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education and motorist services including the issuance of driver licenses.  The department and its highly trained staff of Troopers are responsible for safety on more than 15,000 miles of state and federal highways.

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