November 28, 2015
Fall Season Worst Time for Deer-Related Crashes
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) urges motorists to exercise caution on the roadways this time of year. Autumn means, football, fall foliage, pumpkin pies, and the start of deer mating and hunting season. Last year in Tennessee, one person was killed in a traffic crash involving deer.
“The fall season is the most active time of year for deer-related crashes,” Colonel Trott said. “We want to remind drivers to be alert and watch for deer on or around the roadways, especially at dawn or after sunset.”
November 17, 2015
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has released the following statement regarding the terrorist attacks in Paris and the placement of Syrian refugees:
“As we mourn the loss of innocent life from Friday’s horrific and cowardly attacks in Paris, these terrible events have once again shown us that the threat of Islamic terrorism knows no boundaries and recognizes no borders. We as a state must do everything we can to provide Tennesseans the safe environment to live, work and raise a family that so many across the world seek.”
October 2, 2015
License and ID holders may submit emergency contact information into new online driver license system
Nashville, TN – New forms of technology launched this year by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security have resulted in improved customer service and reduced wait times inside the state’s driver services centers. But the new technology is also increasing the safety of citizens.
A new feature available through online driver services is designed to assist citizens in emergency situations. Driver license and state identification card holders may submit emergency contact information online that will be added to the driver license data base. [Read more]
August 26, 2015
Cast your vote on Facebook for THP Cruiser
Nashville, TN – Who has the best looking patrol cruiser in the country? The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) and we need your vote to win. The THP is competing to win the “Best Looking Cruiser Award.” The contest is sponsored by the American Association of State Troopers (AAST). State highway patrols and state police organizations from across the country are competing for the esteemed award.
“We are excited to be a part of this competition that spotlights our patrol vehicles,” Colonel Tracy Trott said. “It gives our state an opportunity to showcase our cruisers and bring attention to the importance of highway safety in Tennessee.”
Statewide Group raising Awareness of Legal Substances that can cause Serious Harm to Babies in the Womb
June 24, 2015
Harmful Effects to Baby May Include Lower I.Q. for Life
Nashville, TN – An occasional glass of wine. A cigarette. A pain pill, prescribed by a doctor. All three are perfectly legal, yet each may cause harm to an unborn baby. Effects can range from short- to long-term, from behavioral and learning issues to a withdrawal syndrome the baby endures right after birth, to physical defects. Some or all of these can have an adverse impact over the baby’s entire life.
A group of health, medical and government professionals from Tennessee is combining strengths to help more women of child-bearing years understand the potential dangers of alcohol, nicotine and prescription medicines. [Read more]
June 12, 2015
Online Driver Services Eliminates Visits To Centers In Some Cases
Nashville, TN – New forms of technology launched by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security have resulted in improved customer service and reduced wait times inside the state’s driver services centers. Recently launched online driver services may eliminate the need to visit a driver services center all together.
Earlier this year, the Driver Services Division updated its driver license system used by examiners and other employees to issue, suspend, and revoke driver licenses, and issue identification cards and handgun carry permits. [Read more]
April 7, 2015
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is now accepting applications for its youth and junior trooper academies in Nashville this summer. As part of the THP’s community service initiatives, this is the second year the agency has hosted free trooper academies for youth.
There are two separate camps that will be held at the THP Training Center this summer. The agency’s junior trooper school, a day camp for children grades 6-8, will take place June 22nd-26th. The youth academy is an overnight camp for students in grades 9-12 that begins on July 6th and concludes on July 10th. The camps are open to boys and girls. [Read more]
March 27, 2015
Written by Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson
Speaker Pro Tempore
Nashville, TN – Legislation designed to save money and cut down on the time spent renewing driver licenses moved forward this week in the House of Representatives.
As many Tennesseans note, despite technologies that allow licenses to be renewed online or in mobile kiosks, driver license centers across the state are often overcrowded.
House Bill 198 seeks to help solve this problem by moving the driver license renewal period from five to eight years. As the law stands now, Tennessee has among the shortest periods of time that a license is valid when compared to other states. Most states already have either a seven or an eight year license.
March 3, 2015
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced that it had re-issued new permanent driver licenses or photo ID cards to citizens who recently received a card with incorrect content due to a printing error.
The driver licenses or ID cards were incorrectly issued with the phrase “Not for Federal Identification” to 3,500 Tennesseans. The cards were issued to citizens who applied or renewed their driver license or ID card at state driver services centers on February 17th through February 19th. [Read more]
Tennessee Department of Safety announces Online Driver Services to be Temporary Interrupted for Upgrade
February 6, 2015
Department Upgrading Driver License Computer System to Improve Customer Service
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced that online services offered by its Driver Services Division will not be available over the upcoming President’s Day weekend to allow time to make improvements to the statewide driver license computer system.
Online driver services will not be available to citizens starting at 5:00pm CST on Friday, February 13th. Online services will resume at 7:00am CST on Tuesday, February 17th. All state offices are closed on Monday, February 16th for President’s Day. [Read more]