When a loved one passes away, managing their affairs often includes notifying various organizations and government bodies. If your loved one resided in Tennessee and held a driver's license, you'll need to inform the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Driver Services Division.
Who Should Be Notified
The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Driver Services Division is the state agency responsible for issuing and managing driver's licenses. They should be notified of your loved one's passing to prevent potential misuse of the deceased's driver's license.
When to Notify
It's recommended to notify the Tennessee Driver Services Division as soon as possible after the death of your loved one. This helps mitigate any potential identity theft or misuse of the deceased's driver's license.
How to Notify
Currently, there isn't an online process to report a death to the Tennessee Driver Services Division. You need to notify them via mail, providing a copy of the death certificate. The mailing address is: Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, Driver Services Division, 1150 Foster Avenue, Nashville, TN 37243.
What to Expect After Notification
After receiving notification, the Driver Services Division will update their records to indicate the death of the license holder. This includes deactivating the driver's license to prevent potential fraudulent use.
Tips for Notification
Always retain a copy of the death certificate and any correspondence you send to the Driver Services Division. This will serve as a record that you have undertaken the task of notifying them.
While dealing with the loss of a loved one is challenging, it's important to take steps such as notifying the Tennessee Driver Services Division to protect the deceased's identity and ensure accurate record-keeping.
Q: Can I notify the Tennessee Driver Services Division over the phone or online?
A: At this time, the Tennessee Driver Services Division does not offer an online or phone option for reporting a death. The notification must be done in writing, by mail.
Q: What if I don't have a copy of the death certificate yet?
A: You should wait until you have a copy of the death certificate before notifying the Driver Services Division, as this document is required to process the notification.
Q: What if the deceased had a commercial driver’s license?
A: Regardless of the type of driving license held by the deceased, the process of notification remains the same.