Tenn. Code Ann. Section 55-3-101 (a) indicates every motor vehicle or motorized bicycle, as defined in chapter 8 of this title, and every trailer, semi-trailer, and pole trailer as defined by Section 55-1-105, when driven or moved upon a highway, and every mobile home or house trailer when occupied shall be subject to the registration and certificate of title provisions of chapters 1-6 of this title, except as indicated in Tenn. Code Ann. Sections 55-3-101 (1) through 55-3-101 (4).
However, there are certain instances when a Title Only is applicable, including but not limited to the following:
NOTE: Eligibility determination for title only is made on a case by case basis.
Persons applying for Title Only for all reasons, with the exception of a request resulting from the unrecovered theft of the vehicle, may make application at the office of their local county clerk. Ensure the clerk is informed of the reasons why a title only is required.
The fee for title only is $11. Additional county fees may apply.
Requests for title only due to unrecovered theft may be sent, along with applicable fees, to:
Tennessee Department of Revenue
Vehicle Services Division, Research Unit
44 Vantage Way, Suite 160
Nashville , TN 37243-8050
NOTE: Applications for title only sent to the state, which are not due to unrecovered theft of a vehicle will be returned to the applicant with instructions to file through the office of the local county clerk.