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New TN drivers to receive temporary paper licenses

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

There are big changes ahead for every driver in Tennessee when it comes to their driver's license.

Soon, driver testing centers will no longer print hard-copy licenses, and the state is installing dozens more self-service kiosks for drivers to renew their license.

Starting Feb. 15, drivers seeking a new license will receive a paper interim license that is valid for 20 days, and they will then receive their laminated hard copy within a week.

State officials said the new process will make things more efficient and cut down on fraud and ID theft.

Two years ago, a man was accused of using other people's names and personal information but adding his own photo to several Tennessee licenses.

With the new process, which will also include image verification, that might be impossible to do.

"We verify that person's image with the image that we currently have on file or with our existing images we have on file, and if everything works out, the applicant will receive their license within five to seven days from a central print farm," said Michael Hogan, director of Tennessee Drivers Services.

In another change, the state is rolling out the self-service kiosks where drivers can renew their license without the typical wait.

The kiosk works by having the driver slide his or her license under a scanner then inputting requested information.

Then, a camera takes the driver's photo and the kiosk prints a temporary paper license.

The hard copy will arrive in the mail within a week.

Forty of the kiosks are going up across the state, including some in libraries, city halls and even retail locations.

"We want to treat this like the banking model, and that is the ATM to do most of your transactions and only come to the station for those most difficult and time consuming transactions," Hogan said.

In Middle Tennessee, driver's license kiosks are already located in Mt. Juliet, Smyrna, Goodlettsville, Franklin and several locations in Nashville. More are set to be installed in the coming weeks, including one at the Davidson County Clerk's Office.

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