Vehicle Registration

Tennessee law requires the titling and registration of every:

  • motor vehicle,
  • motorized bicycle,
  • trailer,
  • semi-trailer, and
  • pole trailer that is driven or moved on a highway.

County clerks across the state register vehicles and assist with these transactions. Review the information on these pages before visiting your county clerk to make sure that you bring the correct documentation and meet all legal requirements.

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State Registration Fees
  • Personal vehicle registration is $21.50
  • Commercial vehicle (buses, taxis) registration is
    • $39.88 (seats 7 or less)
    • $89.38 (seats 7-15)
    • $155.38 (seats 16-25)
    • $237.87 (seats 26-35)
    • $320.38 (seats 35+ ) 
  • Freight motor vehicles (semis, tractor trailers) registration base fee varies by usage and vehicle type.

Please note: you may be subject to additional county fees and fees for specialized license plates.

New State Registration Fees Effective July 1, 2017
  • Personal vehicle registration is $26.50
  • Commercial vehicle (buses, taxis) registration is
    • $49.88 (seats 7 or less)
    • $99.38 (seats 7-15)
    • $165.38 (seats 16-25)
    • $247.87 (seats 26-35)
    • $330.38 (seats 35+ ) 
  • Freight motor vehicles (semis, tractor trailers) registration base fee increased by $20

Please note: you may be subject to additional county fees and fees for specialized license plates.

New Electric Vehicle Registration Fee Effective July 1, 2017

A new fee for drivers of electric vehicles will begin on July 1, 2017.

Electric car drivers will be charged a $100 registration fee in addition to the standard registration fee.

The state registration fee for electric vehicles is $21.50. Effective July 1, 2017 registration will be $26.50.

Please note: you may be subject to additional county fees and fees for specialized license plates.