Beginning Oct. 17, Davidson County’s approximately 8,500 registered voters who have a driver’s license without a photo will be able to add one at no charge at the county clerk’s main office, located at 700 Second Ave S.
In a release, the office of county clerk John Arriola said it has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Safety to begin the free upgrades this month and continue them through March 12, as the state prepares for a new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
“We want to do everything we can to help voters be prepared when they go to the polls,” Arriola said in the release. “I feel good that we can offer this service to our customers at no cost.”
State law allows drivers who are 60 and older to remove their photos from their licenses during renewal periods. More than 126,000 registered voters statewide have chosen this option, and 8,481 of those are in Davidson County, the release said.
Arriola contracted with the state to offer license renewal and duplicates in 2007. The Davidson County Clerk’s Office handles nearly 200 of such transactions per week and provides an alternative for those who would otherwise have to visit the state’s driver service centers, which also handle regular photo IDs and road testing for driver’s licenses.
The county clerk’s office will be able to assist only licensed drivers who need to add a photo. Citizens seeking the free photo ID who do not currently have a license can go to a driver service center. Davidson County offers two full-service state driver service centers, one at 624 Hart Lane and the other at 6604 Centennial Blvd., and a state express ID center at 312 Eighth Ave. N.