How to Get a Specialty License Plate in Tennessee

If you are a Tennessee resident who belongs to a specific club or organization, is a member of the military, a Tennessee college or university graduate or represents a special interest, then you can reflect your status by affixing a specialty license plate to your vehicle. Tennessee currently offers nearly 100 specialty plates. Read on to learn how to get a specialty license plate in Tennessee.

Steps

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    Log on to the Tennessee Department of Revenue website at www.tn.gov/revenue.
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    Click on "Vehicle Title & Registration" in the left-hand column.
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    Go to the "How Do I?" heading and click on the "Get a Specialty or Personalized License Plate" link under that heading.
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    Select the "Current Available License Plate" link to view all of the specialty license plate designs Tennessee offers.
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    Visit your local county clerk office to order a specialty license plate after making a choice from the online list.
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    Pay required registration and other fees pertaining to specialty license plates at the time you are ordering.
    • Note that fees for specialty license plates in Tennessee vary according to design.
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    Download the Application for Tennessee Personalized License Plate by clicking on the available link to access the .pdf file if you wish to personalize your specialty license plate.
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    Fill out the form online or print a blank application and add the required information.
    • Enter your name, address, phone number, county of residence and license plate number.
    • Check the box beside "Personalized Cultural or Specialty License Plate."
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    Write the necessary information for your specialty license plate in the box provided. For instance, enter the college or university name if you are ordering a Collegiate specialty license plate.
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    Supply up to 3 choices for your personalized specialty license plate.
    • Explain any personalization choice that has a special or significant meaning in the space provided.
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    Sign the application.
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    Mail the completed application and payment made out to the State of Tennessee to Vehicle Services Section, Taxpayer and Vehicle Services Division, 44 Vantage Way, Suite 160, Nashville, TN 37243-8050.
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    Pay your annual registration renewal fees, which include additional fees for specialty license plates, to maintain your specialty plates.

Tips

  • Note that applications for a specialty license plate in Tennessee are not available online unless you choose to personalize the plate. You must order specialty license plates at your local county clerk office.
  • List your personalization choices in preference order, as you will be assigned the first available choice.
  • The images of new specialty license plates are added to the Tennessee Department of Revenue website after receiving state legislature approval.
  • Some state commissions, agencies and non-profit organizations receive part of the fees paid for specialty license plates in Tennessee.

Warnings

  • Do not use language that might be deemed offensive or vulgar when entering personalization choices. Entries deemed offensive will be denied.
  • Do not mail payment of renewal or standard registration fees when remitting the Application for Tennessee Personalized License Plate. Send only the $70 fee for personalizing a specialty license plate.


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Categories: Personalized and Specialty License Plates