Instructions are provided below by subject. Included you will find information related to documents required to properly apply for title and registration or registration renewal as a member of the armed services. Submitting proper supporting documentation will prevent a delay in the processing of your title and registration or registration renewal. Your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) and your stationing orders must be current. In addition, your stationing orders must indicate that you are stationed out of state. Again, if your home of record is listed as Tennessee, but there is no physical presence you can file through the office of any county clerk in Tennessee. Otherwise you must file through the county clerk of your Tennessee residence.
NOTE: When registering or renewing a vehicle as military personnel, county wheel taxes may apply. Some counties require a successful vehicle emissions test before renewal or registration of your vehicle can proceed. Please contact your county clerk or refer to their Web site to determine whether your county has an emissions requirement. County Web sites and emissions information are also available here.
Note: Vehicles that are purchased overseas by our military personnel will often only receive a USAREUR registration for purposes of operating the vehicle overseas. This registration should be properly assigned to the person filing the application for title and registration. If the registration indicates a lien, the Vehicle Services Division will send a letter to the lien holder asking for the outstanding title.
If you have a valid Tennessee registration assigned to another vehicle, you can transfer this registration to the newly purchased vehicle. The required documents are the same as above along with a copy of your current registration. The required fee is $1 for transferring the plate. The title fee and sales taxes are calculated the same as above.
If you need your address changed at any time, send a copy copy of your LES along with new address and a list of all vehicles registered in Tennessee to the office of your county clerk. If you are no longer based in Tennessee and your LES does not show Tennessee as your home of record, you must title and register your vehicle in your home of record or your duty station.
Contact county clerk for your county of residence for payment information through their office. Click here for a listing of contact information, addresses, and hours of operation for county clerk offices.
In order for your registration renewal to be completed as quickly as possible, please follow these instructions. Attach a current copy of your LES and Stationing Orders along with a copy of your registration. Below are the base State fees, additional county fees may apply:
If you have further questions, feel free to contact the Vehicle Services Call Center at (615) 741-3101 or (888) 871-3171 for vehicle title and registration questions.
For questions related to sales tax issues and the military please call (615) 253-0600 or (800) 342-1003.
You can also search Revenue Help for answers, or submit a ticket to one of our representatives.
If you have a valid title and registration from another state, the following is required:
The fees are the same as above and no sales tax is due if you provide evidence that sales tax was paid at time of purchase.
Noting of Lien
Noting of lien on a current Tennessee title requires the following:
For subsequent notings of lien, the following documents are required:
NOTE: Additional fees may be necessary if noting any lien through the office of your local county clerk. Please contact your county clerks' office for further information on additional fees.
State law exempts qualified military personnel from sales and use tax on certain motor vehicle purchases. Click here for more information about this exemption, as well as other types of tax exemptions that military members may qualify for.
If a military member does not qualify for the motor vehicle sales tax exemption, vehicles brought into Tennessee from out of state are subject to use tax. The military member will receive credit after showing proof to the county clerk that sales tax was paid in another state. If the sales tax paid is less than the use tax due when the vehicle is brought into Tennessee, military member will only pay tax on the difference between these figures.