Get a Personalized License Plate in Tennessee
You can show off a bit of your personality whenever you're behind the wheel of your vehicle in Tennessee by displaying a personalized license plate. In the Volunteer State, you can choose to personalize a standard plate or one of several specialty plates. Read on to learn more about how to get a personalized license plate in Tennessee.
- Log on to the Tennessee Department of Revenue website.
- Click on "Vehicle Title & Registration" in the left-hand column.
- Select "Get a Specialty or Personalized License Plate," then "Order a Personalized Plate."
- Click on the link for the Application for Tennessee Personalized License Plate to open the .pdf file.
- Print the application.
- Supply your name, address, telephone number, signature and current plate number.
- Check the box beside the type of plate you are ordering.
- Choose from Passenger, Trailer, Motorcycle or Specialty.
- Write in the type of specialty plate you want in the box provided.
- Enter your 3 choices for your personalized license plate using letters, numbers or a combination of the two.
- Use capital letters.
- Do not use punctuation.
- List choices in order of preference, as you will be issued the first available choice.
- Explain the significant meaning of any of the choices in the space provided.
- Send the completed application and payment of required fees to Vehicle Services Section, Taxpayer and Vehicle Services Division, 44 Vantage Way, Suite 160, Nashville, TN 37243-8050.
- Remit a check or money order only made out to the State of Tennessee.
- Note that the fee for a standard personalized license plate is $35, while personalized specialty plates are $70.
- Mail a payment of $35 if ordering the "Helping Schools" specialty licensed plate, and pay $35 when picking up the plate at your county clerk's office.
- Pick up your personalized license plate at your local county clerk's office after receiving a letter notifying you that the plate is ready. It takes about a month for personalized license plates to be processed.
- Pay renewal fees each year to maintain your personalized license plate.
- The maximum number of allowable characters varies depending on the type of specialty plate ordered.
- No personalized license plate in Tennessee can use less than 3 characters.
- You can also pick up an application for a personalized license plate in Tennessee by visiting your local county clerk's office.
- Standard personalized license plates for passenger vehicles and trailers use between 3 and 7 characters; motorcycles plates use between 3 and 6 characters.
- The background artwork found on a standard Tennessee license plate is not used for standard personalized license plates.
- Commercial vehicles are not allowed a personalized license plate in Tennessee.
- Do not leave the first character block blank when entering your personalized license plate choices. It is okay to use blanks in other spaces, but the first box must have a letter or number.
- Antique Auto specialty plates cannot be personalized.
- Do not use offensive language when entering your choices. Entries deemed offensive will be rejected.