To get a Tennessee license plate for a car, by law, you must title and register the car in this state. New residents and those relocating to the state can obtain a vehicle title from their local county clerk’s office after emissions testing (if it is required by the county).
Obtaining a vehicle title requires the following:
- proof of identification and proof of residency
- passed emissions certificate (if applicable);
- most current out-of-state registration; and
- either the name and address of lienholder to whom you are making payments OR, in the event of no lienholder, your out-of-state title.