New licenses to be issued for those under age 21

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KNOXVILLE: The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will rollout a new licensing policy in hopes of making identifying people under the age of 21 easier.

Tennessee will issue vertical licenses for all persons under the age of 21 starting Monday, July 2. After turning 21, any licensee may obtain a horizontal printed license or ID. A release from the the Department of Safety and Homeland Security says the new initiative will make it easier to identify people under the age of 21.

State Senator Becky Massey and Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville, sponsors of the original legislation, say the legislation is intended to address underage drinking, which is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year.

Thirty-three other states have similar laws. Currently in Tennessee, vertical driver’s licenses are available for identification cards and handgun carry permits.

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