Common Reasons for Denial of Restricted Driver License

When an application is received by the Financial Responsibility Division in Nashville, after individual makes application at Driver Service Center and is issued a 90-day interim, the application and driving record are reviewed. The restricted driver license will be denied for the following reasons:

  • There is a prior conviction of Vehicular Homicide, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Assault, or Aggravated Vehicular AssaultĀ on the driver's record.
  • The offense was the proximate cause of death or serious bodily injury to another person.
  • The order is issued for a suspension/revocation for which we do not have the authority to issue a restricted license.
  • A geographic location requested is not a location designated by law for that type offense.
  • The order does not have the violation, date of violation, conviction date, and/or disposition.
  • The order is not signed by the Judge; or if Driver Improvement Section approval not been granted.
  • A check of the driver record shows person has other revocation/suspension/cancellation. Person must reinstate everything on driver record except for the violation for which the restricted license is being requested. If person has a violation that cannot be reinstated, a restricted license cannot be issued.
  • If the person has a revocation/suspension in another state, a check is done to determine the problem in the other state. If person has a problem other than the violation for which the restricted is being requested, the person is denied the restricted until the problem in the other state is cleared.
  • The SR-22 is not for the State of Tennessee or the company is not licensed in Tennessee.