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    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:

    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.

    Apply for Specialty TN License Plates

    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

    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.

    Renew Your TN License Plates

    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.

    Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Plates

    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.

    Disability Plates and Placards

    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.

    Antique Plates in Tennessee

    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.

    Only the vehicle owner may apply for the plates. To do so, just complete the Certification for Antique Vehicle Registration (Form RV-F1312901) and take it to a Tennessee county clerk's location.

    The plates have a single fee of $27.75 and are permanent as long as there isn't a change in ownership.

    More Information

    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

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