What is the process for introducing a new specialty plate?

Here is the process for introducing a new specialty plate:

1. The organization must contact their legislator to have a bill for the plate introduced.

2. Once the bill has passed legislation, the contact person for the organization should send an e-mail to the Department of Revenue at dg_plate&supply.team@tn.gov with the following information:

  • plate name
  • organization's name
  • contact name
  • contact number
  • mailing address
  • e-mail address

3. Once the information is received by the Department of Revenue, a packet will be sent via e-mail to the contact person containing the following information:

  • Specifications for the artwork
  • Template for license plate
  • Template for names collected
  • General information

4. The organization will have until June 30 of the following year to collect this information and also assign plate numbers to the names they have collected for the plates. A check made payable to the Department of Revenue should be sent to the address below by the close of business on June 30.

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

5. If the organization is unable to collect the names and money required for the initial order, the organization may request an extension through the current legislative session before the statutory deadline. The organization would be responsible for contacting the legislator who initiated the bill to request an extension for the plate. 

6. Once the payment, names and artwork have been submitted to the Department of Revenue, it will take approximately four to six months before the plate is produced. Before plate production, metal samples will be produced for the organization to sign off on, and there will be a system test and road test of the plate.

7. Once the plates have been approved, and testing has been completed, the plates will be produced and mailed to the county clerk offices. Letters will be mailed to the customers informing them when their assigned plate will be in their local county clerk's office.

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