Driverís License



Students seeing to obtain a driverís license permit or a license must obtain a "certificate of compliance" from the school in which they are enrolled. The "Certificate of Compliance" takes into consideration a studentís academic advancement and attendance (See REVOCATION.. below:)

Note: The Attendance Department at the Rutherford County School Board will only issue "Certificates of Compliance" during the summer months when school is not in session.


Under Tennessee Code 49-6-3017, the school system is also required to report to the Department of Safety any student not in compliance due to one of the following:

A student who fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress (making a passing grade) based on end of semester grading in three (3) full unit subjects or their equivalency.

A student who misses ten (10) consecutive or fifteen (15) cumulative days of unexcused absences during a single semester. OutĖof-school suspension, expulsion, or confinement in a correctional institution is considered as an unexcused absence under the law.

Students not meeting criteria 1 or 2 above will be notified by their school with a letter titled: "RUTHERFORD COUNTY NOTICE OF INTENT TO NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY FOR REVOCATION OF STUDENTíS DRIVERíS LICENSE." Students have seven days to appeal this notice. Anyone requesting an appeal for grades or unexcused absences should contact their school to clarify or seek correction to the reason(s) for the revocation notice. Those requesting an additional administrative review through the Board of Education should follow the steps and dates included in the "notice of intent" letter.

The school system is only authorized to take into account absences and grades when considering appeals. Student or family hardship appeals must be made directly to the Department of Safety.


Once a student has received notice from the Department of Safety that their driverís license has been revoked, he/she may request reinstatement of their driverís license when he/she proves satisfactory academic progress (making a passing grade) in at least three (3) full unit subjects or their equivalency at the conclusion of any grading period (usually a six-weeks grading period).

A student desiring reinstatement of their license must request a reinstatement certificate from their home school after meeting the above criteria. The certificate may then be presented at the driverís testing station.

Note: Baring a satisfactory appeal, students must wait until 18 years of age to be reinstated after the second school related revocation.†