Skip to Main Content

Need Business Tax Help? Click here for more information.
New professional privilege tax exemptions are effective June 1, 2020. Click here for more information.

Additional License Plate Information

Surrendering a License Plate

Tennessee license plates follow the owner, not the vehicle, and can be transferred to a different vehicle for a $1 fee.  Transfers as well as exchanges of specialty and personalized plates for regular passenger plates can be done at your county clerk’s office.

Immediately destroy a plate when:

  • you no longer meet its eligibility criteria and the vehicle registration is not expired; or
  • it is mutilated or effaced and no longer meets requirements of the law.

Surrender a specialty or personalized plate at renewal when:

  • you no longer meet its eligibility criteria; or
  • you no longer want a specialty or personalized plate.