New Tennessee Tobacco Retailer Quick Reference Guide

In an effort to curb underage alcohol and tobacco use, Tennessee has issued a new driver’s license for vehicle operators under the age of 21 that will be vertical instead of the horizontal licenses that drivers currently carry. The new cards will be disseminated by July 2018, and licenses of current license-holders of legal age won’t change.


Tennessee is the 48th state to adopt this policy, hoping the vertical orientation will cause underage alcohol and tobacco seekers’ licenses to be easier to spot in retail stores as opposed to needing to closely examine the birth date or see the red bar on current underage licenses.



With the partnership of The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Power of Putnam was able to help design a helpful Quick Reference Guide.  If you would like a  laminated Tennessee Tobacco Retailer Quick Reference Guide or would like a training for your clerks please contact Jennifer Matthews, Assistant Director for Power of Putnam at



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