Clerk to provide free service to citizens lacking license photo

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 5:29pm
Staff reports

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.

9 Comments on this post:

By: T-BONE on 10/12/11 at 7:29

If John Arriola has anything to do with it, then it is probably a $CAM!

By: govskeptic on 10/13/11 at 5:05

This is a State wide program by the state not just Arriola. Another
important feature is one Saturday per month these same locations
will be open one half day for the sole purpose of providing these
photo ID's just for voters and no other service! Opponents have
very little more to complain about, but they surely will since it's part
of the DNA!

By: treehugger7 on 10/13/11 at 6:38

Bet he will still figure out how to make a buck from it!

By: bfra on 10/13/11 at 7:06

Why is Arriola still in office? Are elected officials above the law? Why are Torrence's boys still employed? Get the crooks out & replaced with ethical & honest people!

By: pswindle on 10/13/11 at 8:21

They could open a dozen or more ofices to handle photo IDs, but if the clerks will not acccept any proof that you are who you are. It makes no difference how many offices are open. Look at the woman in Chattanooga, she had all kinds of proof and the clerk would not accept any of them. So, they will only add pjotso to old driver's licenses.

By: mdjarrell on 10/14/11 at 5:47

Gee - does this mean the taxpayers will have to foot the bill for more metal signs all over town with his name on them pointing to these locations? Seems like putting a person's name on a government location sign is free campaigning.

By: T-BONE on 10/14/11 at 6:54

ARRIOLA probably has his kids buying cheap cameras and opening up a stand in front of his house!....Weddings and ID's...$40 "FEE"!

By: macjedi on 10/14/11 at 7:53

GOOD! Gotta do SOMETHING to reduce this predatory, GOP-preserving, law's ill effect.

By: joe41 on 10/17/11 at 7:59

Hey, this is defeating the whole purpose of keeping Democrats from voting. We must put a stop to this.