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Long wait at license centers gets longer thanks to voter photo ID law

September 20th, 2011 11:14 am by Staff Report

NASHVILLE (AP) — The acknowledged long wait to obtain a driver's license in Tennessee is again being underscored as older state residents come to driver service centers to get photo IDs required by a new state voting law.

The state says it takes an average of 53 minutes to get a license at any of the 48 centers.

Some who have recently obtained them said it has taken a lot longer, sometimes requiring more than one trip. Others cite apparent confusion among clerks about what is required, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (

Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons says he knows it takes too long and now as many as 126,000 seniors for whom a photo was not required for driving are coming back to get a free photo version.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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