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Vehicle Title & Registration

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  1. Where is your office located and what are your office hours?
  2. Do you have a toll-free telephone number for the general public?
  3. How do I title and register my vehicle in the state of Tennessee?
  4. What do I do to register my vehicle in Tennessee? I've moved here from another state.
  5. How can I get a duplicate title?
  6. How may I obtain a duplicate copy of my registration?
  7. How do I notify Titling and Registration if my address changes?
  8. How do I apply for a personalized license plate?
  9. How can I get a disabled parking placard?
  10. How do I request a printout, current record or complete history of my motor vehicle record by mail?
  11. I'm in the military and want to title and register my vehicle in Tennessee.
  12. Does your state mail registration renewal notices?
  13. Can I get a second Temporary Operation Permit?
  14. Are students allowed to use home license plates?
  15. Does the State of Tennessee title and register boat trailers?
  16. How may I obtain a corrected Certificate of Title?
  17. When selling my vehicle, I made a mistake on the assignment of title. What can I do?
  18. A vehicle was awarded to me through a divorce. How can I obtain a title in my name?
  19. My title is signed over to a buyer who did not actually take ownership of the vehicle. What can I do?
  20. My spouse passed away. How do I change my vehicle's title into my name?
  21. I am now married/divorced, how do I change my name on my title?
  22. How do I title and register a vehicle that I inherited?
  23. My vehicle has been wrecked (totaled), what do i need to do now?
  24. I have made necessary repairs to my wrecked (salvaged) vehicle. How do I apply for a new title?


  1. Where is your office located and what are your office hours?
    Title and Registration transactions should be taken to your local county clerk. The 44 Vantage Way location no longer accepts walk-in customers. For county clerk locations and office hours, click here.

    For additional assistance, view the Vehicle and Registration section of our Web site, the additional title and registration FAQs, or your local county clerk's office.

    Our office address is as follows:
    Tennessee Department of Revenue
    Vehicle Services Division
    44 Vantage Way, Suite 160
    Nashville, TN 37243 - 8050

    Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (We no longer accept walk-in customers.)

  2. Do you have a toll-free telephone number for the general public?
    Our toll free telephone number is (888) 871-3171. The number for local residents is (615) 741-3101.
  3. How do I title and register my vehicle in the state of Tennessee?
    To title and register your new vehicle, you will need to submit to your local county clerk or the county clerk where the dealer is located, the following: Manufacturer's Statement of Origin, the New Vehicle Invoice and a copy of your current registration if transferring your license plate.

    To title and register a used vehicle, submit to your local county clerk the following: a valid certificate of title properly assigned along with an Odometer Disclosure Statement, if applicable, and a copy of the current registration if transferring your license plate.

    NOTE: You will need to provide proof of identification and proof of residency when titling and registering your vehicle. For more information on acceptable proofs of identification, click here.
  4. What do I do to register my vehicle in Tennessee? I've moved here from another state.
    An application for Certificate of Title and Registration must be filed through the office of your local county clerk. If your county of residence requires emission testing, you will need to have the vehicle tested for emissions prior to filing through the local county clerk’s office  and pay the required fees. Click here for locations and hours of operation of emissions testing facilities.

    When filing through the local county clerk, you will need to submit the certificate indicating where the vehicle has passed the emissions testing, and if liens exist on the vehicle, the most current out-of-state registration and the name and complete mailing address of the lien holder to whom you are making payments.

    If no liens exist, you must furnish the valid out of state certificate of title.

    NOTE: You will need to provide proof of identification and proof of residency when titling and registering your vehicle. For more information on acceptable proofs of identification, click here.
  5. How can I get a duplicate title?
    An Application for a Duplicate Certificate of Title may be filed in person or by mail through the office of your local county clerk.  Office hours and days of operation may vary.  Click here to find contact information for your local county clerk.

    When filing by mail, send:
    • The completed form to the office of your local county clerk.
    • The fee of $11, additional county fees may apply.
    • You may be required to provide proof any liens discharged for the vehicle. 
    • If there are any liens remaining on the vehicle, the duplicate title request must originate from the lienholder and the duplicate title will be sent to the first lienholder on record. 
    • Lienholders and out of state applicants should apply through the office of the county clerk of the owner’s last Tennessee residence. 
    In addition to providing the items listed above, when filing in person (at your county clerk's office)
    • You must furnish proof of identification (Tenn. Code Ann. 55-2-107), such as a driver’s license or valid passport. For more information on acceptable proofs of identification, click here.
    • If someone other than the owner of the vehicle files, they must show proof of identification and have a notarized power of attorney from the owner.
    NOTE: Please contact your county clerk to determine to whom checks should be made payable. Do not send cash.
  6. How may I obtain a duplicate copy of my registration?
    To obtain a duplicate certificate of registration by mail, submit a request identifying your license plate number and vehicle identification number, along with the required fee of $3, to the office of your local county clerk.  Office hours and days of operation may vary.  Click here to find contact information for your local county clerk.

    If your request requires certification, enclose an additional fee of $.50 for this service making it a total of $3.50.
  7. How do I notify Titling and Registration if my address changes?
    To change your address on Title and Registration Records, contact the county clerk's office in your county of residence.

    Please note: You must notify the county clerk of all vehicles registered in your name to properly effect the address change. Renewal notices are not forwarded; failure to update your address will make any renewal notice undeliverable.
  8. How do I apply for a personalized license plate?
    To order a personalized plate, complete the Application for Tennessee Personalized License Plate form, available at your county clerk or on the website by clicking the form name above.   Mail the completed form along with the appropriate fees indicated to:

    Department of Revenue
    Vehicle Services Division
    44 Vantage Way, Suite 160
    Nashville, TN 37243-8050
  9. How can I get a disabled parking placard?
    Your physician or Christian Science Practitioner will need to complete a Tennessee disabled persons placard application. The form is also available at the office of your local county clerk.

    You will need to send the application and the appropriate fees indicated on the application to the office of your local county clerk.  Office hours and days of operation may vary.  Click here to find contact information for your local county clerk.

    Disabled placards expire after two years. A month before your placard is due to expire, you should receive a renewal notice that allows you to renew through your local county clerks’ office in person or through the mail.

    NOTE: There have been changes made to issuance of disabled parking placards. Click here for more information.
  10. How do I request a printout, current record or complete history of my motor vehicle record by mail?
    Complete the Vehicle Information Request, then mail the form and remit the required fees to:

    Tennessee Department of Revenue
    Vehicle Services Division
    44 Vantage Way, Suite 160
    Nashville, TN 37243-8050

    NOTE: Do not send or present cash for payment of these fees - checks or money orders are acceptable.
  11. I'm in the military and want to title and register my vehicle in Tennessee.
    If you are based in Tennessee, you may go through your county in which you are based. If your home of record is listed as Tennessee, but you have no physical residence in Tennessee you may file through the office of any Tennessee county clerk. Click here to find contact information for your local county clerk.
  12. Does your state mail registration renewal notices?
    Renewal notices are mailed each month approximately six weeks in advance of expiration dates, allowing Tennessee residents adequate time to renew their license plate. If a vehicle is registered in a county that requires emissions testing, it must be completed before renewing registration. Renewal notices are not required to renew registration; any document that includes the license plate number or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) including previous renewal notices can be used to obtain renewal.
  13. Can I get a second Temporary Operation Permit?
    NOTE: Please click here to read an important announcement from the Department of Revenue regarding changes to the temporary operation permits policy.

    You could possibly get a second temporary operation permit if:
    • You continue to have title problems.
    Items to bring are:
    • Ownership papers
    • Proof that something is being done to clear up problem
    • Driver license
    • $10 fee
    A check will be done to determine if the law allows an additional temporary tag/temporary operation permit. If you need further information or do not fall under the category above, contact our office at (615) 741-3101.

    NOTE: Temporary Operation Permits CANNOT be issued on salvage vehicles.

    Documents necessary to issue the temporary operation permit may be presented to either a participating Tennessee county clerk or directly to the Department of Revenue.  Click here to find your county clerk's contact information - please contact your clerk's office directly to ensure they can assist you.  Otherwise, you may visit one of the following Department of Revenue offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., local time, Monday through Friday:

    Chattanooga Office
    540 McCallie Ave., Suite 350
    Chattanooga, TN 37402
    (423) 634-6266
    Jackson Office
    Lowell Thomas State Office Building
    225 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., Suite 340
    Jackson, TN 38301
    (731) 423-5747
    Columbia Office
    2486 Plus Park Dr., Suite A
    Columbia, TN 38402
    (931) 380-2523
    Knoxville Office
    531 Henley St., Room 606
    Knoxville, TN 37902
    (865) 594-6100
    Cookeville Office
    Fountain Court
    370 South Lowe St., Suite 2
    (931) 526-9699
    Memphis Office
    3150 Appling Road
    Bartlett, TN 38133
    901) 213-1400
  14. Are students allowed to use home license plates?
    According to Chapter 1340-14.01 of the rules set out for the Motor Vehicle Division, students enrolled in any school in the state of Tennessee may operate passenger motor vehicles owned and licensed in the student's name in another state during the period which the student is enrolled in school in Tennessee without being required to have the motor vehicle licensed in Tennessee, provided the state in which the motor vehicle is registered grants similar privileges to Tennessee residents who are students in that state.

    As evidence of the above, the student must have available for inspection by proper officials a certificate of registration and documentation showing the period in which the student is enrolled in the school.
  15. Does the State of Tennessee title and register boat trailers?
    Yes. But boat trailers are not required to be titled or registered. However, the boat itself must be registered, contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at (615) 781-6522, relative to the registration of your boat.
  16. How may I obtain a corrected Certificate of Title?
    If after receiving a Tennessee Certificate of Title, the owner or lien holder discovers an error on the title, provide written explanation of what needs to be corrected, or circle the incorrect information in red and write the correct information in red near the incorrect information. Present the incorrect title to your local county clerk for correction. 

    If the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is incorrect on the certificate of title, you will be required to provide a verification of the VIN by digital photograph, a law enforcement officer or a licensed motor vehicle dealer.
  17. When selling my vehicle, I made a mistake on the assignment of title. What can I do?
    When transferring ownership, never use white out or make an erasure on a certificate of title. This automatically voids the certificate. A duplicate title must be obtained by the current owner when this occurs. Always enclose the incorrect title with your request.

    To properly title and register the vehicle, any corrections due to the misspelling of information may be corrected by drawing a line through the incorrect information and inserting the correct information. A notarized statement from the party making the mistake that was lined through, must support the application for title and registration. See number 16 above for instructions.
  18. A vehicle was awarded to me through a divorce. How can I obtain a title in my name?
    An application for certificate of title and registration must be filed in your name through the office of your local county clerk. Documentation listed below must accompany your application:
    • Original copy of the final divorce decree, signed by the judge. The decree should indicate a description of the vehicle by vehicle identification number (VIN).
    • Certificate of title, if available.
    • Copy of lien instrument, if applicable. This Division will request the surrender of title from your lien holder.
    • Odometer reading, when applicable.
  19. My title is signed over to a buyer who did not actually take ownership of the vehicle. What can I do?
    When a purchase is not completed, e.g., financing did not transpire or the person changed their mind before taking possession of the vehicle, the owner of the vehicle may draw a line through the buyer's name assignment of title. However, before the next titling activity can occur, the owner must submit a notarized affidavit stating the buyer did not actually take possession of the vehicle.
  20. My spouse passed away. How do I change my vehicle's title into my name?
    To change the vehicle record to reflect the surviving spouse's name, an application must be filed through the office of your resident county clerk. The application must be accompanied by the existing title and a copy of the death certificate. If the application is filed within one year of the spouse's death, there is no charge for this. An Affidavit of Inheritance may also be required.
  21. I am now married/divorced, how do I change my name on my title?
    To change the vehicle record to reflect a change in name, due to marriage, divorce, etc., the applicant must provide a copy of the marriage certificate or final divorce decree indicating the name can be changed. Present documentation of name change to your local county clerk's office. Click here to find contact information for your local county clerk.
  22. How do I title and register a vehicle that I inherited?
    If the deceased left a will designating an executor/executrix, or if an administrator has been appointed by the court, the existing certificate of title MUST be signed by this person in order to change the vehicle ownership record to reflect the new owner.

    Documentation needed when filing an application through the resident county clerk office includes:
    • The probated will or certified letters of testamentary verifying the executor/executrix or letter of testamentary verifying the person that has been appointed,
    • The properly signed certificate of title, and
    • If the deceased left no will, an Affidavit of Inheritance form must be completed by all heirs and accompanied by a copy of the death certificate.
    The application for title and registration and the required documentation is filed through the applicant's resident county clerk office.
  23. My vehicle has been wrecked (totaled), what do I need to do now?
    If a vehicle has been deemed a total loss (more than 75% of the retail value), and it is less 10 years old, you may apply for a salvage certificate or a non-repairable certificate. For more information contact the Special Investigations Anti-Theft Unit at (615) 253-7246.

    The applicant will need to complete the Application for Salvage or Non-Repairable Certificate. Send the completed form and the outstanding certificate of title to:

    Tennessee Department of Revenue
    Special Investigations Division
    Anti-Theft Unit
    44 Vantage Way, Suite 160
    Nashville, TN 37243-8050
  24. I have made necessary repairs to my wrecked (salvaged) vehicle. How do I apply for a new title?
    When applying for a title in this situation, you will need to present the salvage certificate, receipts on parts, color photographs of the vehicle before and after the work performed, the Application For Motor Vehicle Identification Certification, completed in its entirety by the rebuilder of the vehicle, along with the required fees indicated on the form.

    Send to:
    Tennessee Department of Revenue
    Special Investigations Division
    Anti-Theft Unit
    44 Vantage Way, Suite 160
    Nashville, TN 37243-8050

    NOTE: At the discretion of the department, an inspection of the vehicle may be required prior to issuing a certificate of title.