License Plates & Placards in TennesseePage Overview
Tennessee License Plates and Placards
Many people like to add a personal touch to their vehicles, and specialty or personalized license plates are a great way to do so. Whether you want to show your military pride, school spirit, or just a special nickname, the Tennessee Driver Services Division offers a number of different license plates in addition to the standard kind. They are grouped into these categories:
- Professional Sports
Surrendering Your Tennessee Plates
The Tennessee Department of Revenue (DOR) generally does not require you to surrender your license plates after relocating to another state or selling your vehicle.
You may need to surrender your license plates to your local county clerk if you want to exchange your current license plates for license plates of another type.
Please contact your local Tennessee county clerk for more information.
Most of the specialty license plates are available at your local Tennessee county clerk's office. If you're applying for a personalized standard or specialty plate, you must complete the Application for Tennessee Personalized License Plate (Form RV-F1314001) and mail it to:
Vehicle Services Division
44 Vantage Way, Suite 160
Nashville, TN 37243-8050
Do not mail your renewal notice or regular fee with this application.
The appropriate fees for each specialty plate, and whether that plate can be personalized, can found on the application form.
To renew your plate, take your renewal notice to your local county clerk's office or mail it to them. Your renewal fee will be on the notice.
If your plate is lost, stolen, or damaged, you must first report it to a law enforcement agency before completing the Application for Duplicate/Replacement License Plate or Decal (Form RV-F1315301) for a new one. You'll be required to list the law enforcement agency and the officer to whom you reported your lost plate, and the application must be notarized.
Note that the same application is needed for a decal replacement.
You may be eligible for disability plates or placards in Tennessee if you:
- Are confined to a wheelchair.
- Have difficulty walking.
- Have a 20/200 vision or lower with corrective lenses.
You can apply for both disability plates and placards if you are a driver. If you're a passenger, you can only apply for disability placards.
To apply, see "Apply for Specialty TN License Plates" above.
To qualify for antique plates, a vehicle must:
- Be over 25 years old.
- Have a body and engine unaltered from its original specifications.
- Be used for antique exhibitions, parades, and other related activities; it may only be used for general transportation on weekends.
The plates have a single fee of $27.75 and are permanent as long as there isn't a change in ownership.
For more information, visit Tennessee's specialty plate page, or contact the Vehicle Services Section by calling (615) 741-3101 or (888) 871-3171. You can also visit or write to them at:
Vehicle Services Section
44 Vantage Way, Suite 160
Nashville, TN 37243-8050Other Topics in This Section
- Register Car
- Registration Renewal
- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
- RV & Motorhome Registration
- Custom Built Car Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Title Transfers
- Replacing a Lost Title
- Salvaged Vehicles
- Special Vehicles
- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Car Inspection