In the state of Tennessee, there are two ways in which your license can be suspended as the result of a DUI. One is administrative, and the other is judicial.

Administrative: Your license will be suspended if you fail a breathalyzer test or refuse to submit to one. You will be given a 10-day temporary permit, which will allow you to continue driving. During this period, you can challenge your suspension. If you fail to issue a challenge, or if your challenge is unsuccessful, then your suspension will continue. However, on a first or second offence, you may be able to apply for a restricted license, depending upon the severity of the DUI. For a third or subsequent offence, you will have to wait out your suspension until you are eligible to apply for a restricted license. With these restricted licenses, you will have to have an ignition interlock device installed in each car that you own or is registered in your name.

Judicial: The courts in Tennessee may also suspend you license as part of sentencing or as part of a plea agreement that you reach with the prosecutor.

Please note that the state of Tennessee requires an ignition interlock device to be installed in all DUI cases.

Offense Fine Jail Time Suspension Period
1st $350 to $1500 2 days to 1 year 1 year
2nd $600 to $3500 45 days to 1 year 2 years
3rd $1100 to $10000 120 days to 1 year 6 years
4th $3000 to $15000 150 days to 6 years 8 years