How do I get a Tennessee license plate for my car?

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.

A list of acceptable proofs of identification and residency can be found here. Read this for more information about the types of license plates Tennessee has available. 


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