Special Saturday Hours Announced To Issue Voter Photo IDs

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security on Thursday announced that it will open eight of its driver service centers on the first Saturday of October and November to give citizens additional opportunities to obtain photo identification in order to vote in the upcoming state and federal general election. The centers were chosen based on the size of the populations they serve and the response from citizens to centers that were opened on Saturdays before the primary election. 

A new state law effective this year requires citizens to present a federal or state-issued photo ID to vote at the polls. The law also requires the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to issue photo IDs for voting purposes at no charge.

As of Sept. 6, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security had issued 22,355 photo IDs for voting purposes. The vast majority (20,967) of those issued were non-photo driver licenses converted into photo driver licenses, while 1,388 were original photo identification cards.

“Any citizen who needs a photo ID for voting purposes may obtain one at no charge by visiting any of our 51 driver service centers during normal business hours. As an added service, we are again opening certain centers for special Saturday hours to make sure everyone has an opportunity to get a photo ID,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

“Once again, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is demonstrating its strong commitment to helping Tennesseans get the proper identification needed to vote. We are pleased to continue to partner with Commissioner Gibbons and his colleagues in their efforts to encourage civic participation,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said.

The eight driver service centers will be open from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 3. The centers will issue voter photo IDs and convert non-photo driver licenses into photo driver licenses only. No other services will be available during these special hours.  

The following driver service centers will provide this special Saturday service:

Davidson County

6604 Centennial Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37209

Hamilton County

6502 Bonny Oaks Drive

Chattanooga, TN 37416

Knox County

7320 Region Lane

Knoxville, TN 37914

Madison County

100 Benchmark Circle

Jackson, TN 38301

Putnam County

4600 Jefferson Ave.

Cookeville, TN 38506

Shelby County

3200 East Shelby Drive

Memphis, TN 38118

Washington County

4717 Lake Park Drive

Johnson City, TN 37615

Weakley County

8598 Highway 22

Dresden, TN 38225

To minimize the possibility of wait times during Saturday hours, groups or organizations planning to make a group visit to a driver service center should schedule an appointment by calling Melissa Long at 865 712-4908 (east Tennessee contact) or Rochelle Bryant at 931 242-7282 (west Tennessee contact).

For more information on the new voter photo ID law, including acceptable forms of photo identification and documents needed to obtain a photo ID for voting purposes, please visit the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s website at www.tn.gov/safety

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public.  The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.   



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