Commercial Driver License Requirements

If you have a Commercial Driver License, you will need to present the following documents when applying for a REAL ID:
  • Proof to establish citizenship or legal presence 
    • Official birth certificate issued by a State Office or Vital Statistic or equivalent with a raised seal and/or color seal
    • U.S. Certificate of Consular Report of Birth Abroad (DS-1350, FS-240 or FS-545)
    • Valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or Passport Card
    • Certificate of CItizenship (N-560 or N-561)
    • Certificate of Naturalization (N-550, N-570 or N-578)
    • Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card issued by DHS or INS (I-551)
    • Unexpired foreign passport with valid U.S. visa and approved I-94 form
    • Unexpired Employment Authorization Document issued by Department of Homeland Security (I-766 or I-688B)
  • Proof of your FULL Social Security Number
    • Social Security Card
    • Payroll check stub
    • W-2 form for current tax year or dated within last twelve (12) months 
    • 1099 form for current tax year or dated within last twelve (12) months 
  • TWO proofs of domicile
    • Current utility bill including telephone, electric, water, gas, cable, etc.
    • Current Tennessee vehicle registration or certificate of title showing Tennessee address (may use one, not both)
    • Mortgage papers including property deed or mortgage payment coupon or book
    • Copy of Lease Agreement or contract with notarized signatures OR accompanied by signed realty agency letterhead confirming lease validity
    • Voter registration card (application for voter registration not accepted)
    • Military LES papers listing Tennessee as home of record (this is ONLY document that won't have the address)

*You should also be prepared to provide documentation of any name changes that may have occurred. This may require presentation of multiple documents.

All documents must be originals or certified. No photocopies will be accepted.

All CDL License holders are required to ahve a valid DOT Medical on file with our department or in their possession at the time of visiting one of our Driver Services Centers for a service.

These documents will be required even if you are already a Tennessee license holder and are applying for a REAL ID for the first time or if you are a new Tennessee resident and were previously issued a REAL ID in a different state.