Titles and Registration

Find out how to register or title your motor vehicle.

Anyone wishing to title a vehicle must provide proof of Tennessee residency in order to receive Tennessee title and registratation.  Applicanats with Tennessee driver's license or identifiication cards simply furnish those when making application for title.  New residents who have not obtained Tennessee driver's license or identification must furnish two proofs of Tennessee residency with their out-of-state deriver's license in order to register and title your vehicle in Tennessee.

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All vehicles must be registered at the time you are making application for title. You cannot apply for a title only.

Registration Renewals

All residents of Jefferson County must renew their vehicle registrations at the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office. In order to renew your vehicle registration you should submit either a renewal notice or a copy of your current registration.

The fee to renew a regular automobile plate in Jefferson County is $49. and the fee for a regular motorcycle plate is $32. If you are mailing your renew notice please add the $2 mailing fee to your bill. For information on specialty or personalized plates visit the Tennessee Department of Revenue website Department of Revenue Internet-Specialty Plates Main Menu.

On-Line Registration Renewal

County residents may now renew their vehicle registrations on-line.  There will be an additional 2% fee added to the regular mail in fees when renewing on-line.  Click here to access the on-line renewal site.

Motor Vehicle Titles

New Vehicles - Titling new vehicles is usually handled by the dealership where the vehicle is purchased. The dealership may title the vehicle in the county where the purchase took place or send the title work to the Jefferson County Clerk to process. If we receive the title application we will either notify you by mail or simply process the application if the appropriate fees are provided.

If the dealership gives the title work to the customer for them to process bring all documents provided by the dealership to the clerk’s office for processing. All vehicles must be registered at the time the title application is submitted. The fees for titling and registering are as follows:

1. Transfer plates and title - $14.50
2. New regular license plate and title - $60.00
3. New motorcycle license plate and title - $43.00

Used Vehicles

When titling a used vehicle purchased from an individual you should make sure you receive a signed Certificate of Title from the previous owner. The signature should appear under the Assignment of Title by Registered Owner heading. Only dealerships may pass ownership without titling the vehicle in their names.

MAKE SURE THAT THE PERSON YOU ARE PURCHASING THE VEHICLE FROM APPEARS ON THE FRONT OF THE TITLE AND THEY HAVE SIGNED EXACTLY HOW THEIR NAME(S) APPEAR ON THE FACE OF THE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE. If the title has two owners on the front with the conjunction AND connecting the two names both signatures must appear. Upon receipt of the Certificate of Title you should sign to accept ownership of the vehicle and bring the title to the clerk’s office.

You will be required to pay sales tax on the vehicle, a registration fee, and a title fee. You cannot apply for a title only, the vehicle must be registered at the time when you make application for title. The fees for titling and registering are as follows:

1. Transfer plates and title - $14.50
2. New regular license plate and title - $60.00
3. New motorcycle license plate and title - $43.00

WHEEL TAX
All county residents are required to purchase a wheel tax for each vehicle.  If the vehicle is titled in another county by a dealer or yourself, you are responsible for coming into the Clerks office to comply with county law.  Fees are $25.00 for cars and trucks and $15.00 for motorcycles.

New Residents

New residents wishing to title and register in Tennessee must surrender their out-of-state title, if it is in their possession. If you have a lien on your vehicle and do not possess the title you should bring in your current vehicle registration and the full address of the lienholder. Make sure that the address you provide is the location where the title is being held and not just where you send payments.

ATV’s

All ATV’s should be titled in Tennessee. All new ATV’s have a MSO/MCO which is title provided by the manufacturer to the dealer.

Mobile Homes

All new mobile homes have a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin which is the title the manufacturer provides to the dealer for reassignment. When purchasing a new mobile home you must provide the clerk’s office with the MCO/MSO and a bill of sale or dealer’s invoice showing that sales tax has been collected. All mobile homes should be titled unless the lienholder requires that you submit an Affidavit of Affixation and relinquish your title.

Trailers

The State of Tennessee does not require that all trailers be titled and registered. Check with the clerk’s office for specific information on your trailer.

Duplicate Titles – In order to receive a duplicate title the owner must submit an Application for Replacement Certificate Title to the clerk’s office and a fee of $11.00. Most duplicate titles are handed over-the-counter that day.

Noting of Liens

To note a lien you must submit the Tennessee Certificate of Title, an Application for Noting of Lien on Certificate of Title form, and a security agreement which identifies the vehicle and is signed. The fee is $11.00 to note a lien.

For more information visit the Tennessee Department of Revenue Vehicle Services website Department of Revenue Internet - Vehicle Services.

For forms related to Motor Vehicle see our Forms section.