NASHVILLE, Tenn. (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.
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