In this article, we cover the essential details about the Knowledge Test / Written test that is required to be completed by all eligible persons applying for a Drivers Licence or Permit in the state of Tennessee
The authority conducting the required assessments and issuing the driving license is the Vehicle Services Division (vehicle registration and title) and Driver License Services (driver licensing) (The Vehicle Services Division is a division of the Tennessee Department of Revenue; the Driver License Services division is a division of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
The state’s county clerks are responsible for the registration and issuance of drivers licenses, vehicle registrations, and titles, while the Department of Revenue and Department of Safety are responsible for establishing the policies and designs for vehicle registration and licenses, respectively.)
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Driver License Services
Is ‘Hardship Licence’ available for eligible minors in this state ?
Yes, see notes.
Minimum age for learner’s permit
Minimum Age for Restricted Licence
Minimum Age for Full Unrestricted Licence
Validity period of the full (unrestricted) license
8 years from the date of issue. Refer to the official manual for any exceptions where the validity period may be shorter.
Notes / Comments
Learner must have permit for six months and log 50 hours of practice driving. No driving from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. or more than one passenger for one year or until reaching age 18, whichever is sooner.
Note: In Tennessee, to obtain a hardship license for a minor, called a Class H license, if the minor is aged 14 or 15, the minor can operate a Class D passenger vehicle or Class M motorcycle (limited to 125 cc) or both; the minor must pass a vision screening, knowledge test, and road test to operate a Class D passenger vehicle; take the Class M knowledge and driving test in addition to the Class D knowledge test to drive a Class M vehicle; be limited to daylight hours only (5 am to 7 pm, no exceptions) and authorized locations only within a 25-mile radius from the minor’s residence, as specified in the Department of Safety (DOS) letter.
If the minor who has a Class H license is aged 15, the minor is treated the same as a Class PD (learners permit) license who drives with a licensed driver 21 years or older who sits in the front passenger seat. A Class H license will expire on the minor’s 16th birthday. More information can be found at and the form for application for a hardship license is located at.
The complete and official details about the procedure to obtain a Learner’s permit and various classes of driving licences Tennessee State are available on the official website. You can also download or fill online the required forms and understand the procedure for scheduling your essential written / knowledge tests.
Link to the official DOT / MOT / DMV website
Click on this link to access the official DOT / MOT / DMV website for the information and documents required for applying for a new Learner’s Permit, Driver’s License or renewal / reissue of current or expired Licences. Tennessee
2020 Tennessee State Drivers Manual
The questions in the Tennessee state Drivers Knowledge Test / Written test are derived from the official drivers manual. You should be thoroughly familiar with various aspects including highway signs, traffic signals and pavement markings, vehicle safety responsibility, right-of-way, signals, signs and markers, rules about parking, stopping, and standing, alcohol and drug impact on the driving ability (DUI rules) as applicable in the state.
You can download a soft copy (PDF) of the manual from this link : Tennessee State Driver’s Manual Download Link (PDF)
2020 Tennessee State Drivers Written Test / Knowledge Test
Before being permitted to drive / learn driving in a motor vehicle, one of the first steps is to clear a written / knowledge test that assesses your theoretical knowledge of the driving rules in the state. The test may be conducted in a Paper / Pen or a Computer based Testing mode. (A normal computer terminal or a touch screen device.)
You will be given an exam covering knowledge needed to drive safely. The test will consist of multiple choice questions based on information contained in sections B and C of this manual. You can expect the test to approximately consist of the following four areas:
Traffic signs and signals—25% of the questions have to be answered correctly in total
Safe driving principles—25% of the questions have to be answered correctly in total
Rules of the road—25% of the questions have to be answered correctly in total
Drugs and alcohol—25% of the questions have to be answered correctly in total
Applicants must make a minimum score of 80% to pass this test.
Total number of questions in the 2020 Knowledge test
30 Objective Type Questions
Minimum number of questions to be answered correctly to pass
Minimum number of questions to be answered correctly to pass the DMV / MOT / DOT Knowledge Test (in terms of % of total questions)
80% of the questions have to be answered correctly in total
Maximum Errors allowed in the Written / Knowledge test
Up to 6 errors in total
There is no negative marking in the Drivers Permit / License Written or Knowledge Test 2020.
Retaking the DMV / MOT / DOT Licence or Permit Written or Knowledge Test
Refer to the Driver’s Manual for details on the re-test procedure if you do not clear the Knowledge test in the first attempt. In general, you are allowed to retake the test with a reasonable time gap between each attempt.
You may have to pay the full testing fees for every attempt. In some cases, a longer time period may be required after a series of unsuccessful attempts, to ensure that the applicant has enough time to practice adequately for the next attempt.
MagicExam Practice tests 2020
Why should you use the MagicExam Practice tests to prepare for the Tennessee DMV / MOT / DOT 2020 Knowledge Written test ?
Less then 50% of the first time test takers clear the Knowledge test. Though all the questions are based on the Driver’s Manual, the document may be a little too extensive, preventing effective preparation.
Our Practice Test Question bank consists of all the important aspects from the manual in an easy to understand and remember Objective Questions format. With our online practice tests, the questions and answer choices are shuffled with every attempt and you can practice each test unlimited number of times till you consistently score higher than the minimum pass percentage.
When you take the real test, you will have already practiced enough questions and you should be able to complete the test within the limited time. Our tests are based on a question bank of more than 700 state-specific questions that cover every topic you’ll be tested on.
By practicing with our mock tests, you save money in retest costs, save time and effort.