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TN driver's licenses to be renewed every 8 years

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NASHVILLE (News Sentinel) - Tennesseans will soon be renewing their driver's licenses every eight years instead of every five years under one bill given final approval by the Legislature last week while handgun permit holders will be able to a lifetime license without renewal under another.

The driver's license bill (HB198) is projected to save the state $6.4 million annually and the Republican sponsors, Sen. Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains and Rep. Tilman Goins of Morristown, say it will substantially reduce waiting times at Department of Safety driver's license station — easing longstanding complaints from residents.

"This may be the best bill this year," Niceley declared in a brief Senate floor debate. The bill passed the Senate 33-0 and was approved in the House 96-0.

Currently, driver's licenses are renewed every five years, typically on the license holder's birthday, at a cost of $19.50 — or $3.90 per year — for the standard "type D" license. The new bill the cost for a "D" license will be $28 for eight years, or $3.50 per year, according the Legislature's Fiscal Review Committee staff.

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