Davidson County Clerk’s office to provide ID upgrades for voting

October 12, 2011 – Beginning October 17, Davidson County’s 8,481 registered voters who have a driver’s license without a photo will be able to add one for free at the County Clerk’s main office, 700 2nd Ave South.

County Clerk John Arriola has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Safety to begin the free upgrades later this month and continue them through March 12, as the state prepares for a new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

“We want to do everything we can to help voters be prepared when they go to the polls”, Arriola said. “I feel good that we can offer this service to our customers at no cost.”

State law allows drivers who are 60 and older to remove their photos from their licenses during renewal periods.  More than 126,000 registered voters statewide have chosen this option, and 8,481 of those are in Davidson County.

Arriola contracted with the state to offer license renewal and duplicates in 2007.  The County Clerk’s office handles nearly 200 of these transactions per week and provides an alternative for those who would otherwise have to go to the state’s Driver Service Centers, which also handle regular photo IDs and road testing for driver’s licenses.

The county clerk’s office will only be able to assist licensed drivers who need to add a photo. People seeking the free photo ID who do not currently have a license can go to a Driver Service Center.  In Davidson County there are two full service state driver service centers, one at 624 Hart Lane and the other at 6604 Centennial Blvd, and a state express ID center at 312 Eighth Ave North. Again, adding the photo is free, but only until March 12.

The Davidson County Clerk’s office offers a variety of services, including motor vehicles, business licenses, marriage licenses, hotel tax collection, notary registration, driver’s license renewals, passports and liquor by the drink licenses.    In addition to the main office, there are five satellite offices for motor vehicle services.  For more information, visit www.nashvilleclerk.com.