” Customers need to renew in their county of residence”, (as statute requires T.C.A. 55-4-105e)
New Vehicle: Purchaser needs to have in their possession (MSO) Manufacturer Statement Origin, completed by dealer and purchaser. Also, need bill of sale stating tax collected and lien holder (if any). If vehicle is purchased out of state and sales tax is lower than TN, then the difference will be collected at time of registration. The (MSO) will also need the mileage on it or odometer statement.
Used Vehicle: Purchaser should have title in their possession with the buyer and seller’s signature. Odometer is required for vehicles ten years or newer. Tax will be collected at time of registration unless dealer collected tax. Selling price of vehicle has to be 75% of book value. Low selling price will delay process of issuing title. Form SF1301201 can be used for low selling price or gift. Do not purchase vehicle if seller’s signature does not match the name on the front of the title. If lien appears on front of title, make sure it has been released before purchase. If lien needs to be noted on either new or used, make sure full name and address is properly noted.
Moving to Tennessee: Owner needs title from previous state, or if still paying on vehicle, we need current registration and full name and address of lien holder. Cost of transferring out of state title and to obtain plate and registration is $35.00. You will need to provide two current proofs or residence (Click Here to view Acceptable Proofs of Residency) plus you will need your I.D.
Replacement of Lost Tennessee Title: Tennessee title is the only title that may be replaced. No out of state titles. To obtain a replacement title, SF0968 has to be completed and signed by registered owner. If owner chooses, he/she can choose to complete SF0968 Notarized Power of Attorney (Click here to obtain SF0968 Notarized Power of Attorney), which enables someone other than registered owner to obtain replacement title. Replacement title: $11.00.
Noting of Lien: Must be Tennessee title. In order to note lien, form SF0943 has to be completed and signed by registered owner. Must have TN title and a security agreement between the lender and borrower. Noting of lien: $11.00
Multiple Owners: Only one signature is required on title if registered to two or more and is joined by “OR”. If joined by “AND”, both signatures are required. You will also be required to have a notarized power of attorney if signing title or signing title application for another person.
Name changes due to marriage or divorce: Bring in title, drivers license, marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order showing name change. If vehicle is titled in multiple names, all owners will need to appear.
Selling of Vehicle: Registered owner of vehicle signs his/her name as signature of seller. Individual obtaining ownership of vehicle signs their name as buyer with complete address. Seller should never sign off of title without completing buyer portion; this is known as an open title. This could result in penalties to seller.
Death: In the event of a death if no one has to qualify as administrator or executor, we need the death certificate and an affidavit of inheritance (Click here to obtain Affidavit of Inheritance) along with the title. If the will is probated, we need the letter of testamentary and the person who qualifies will need to sign the title over to the seller.
Replacement Tag or Decal: Tag needs to be reported to local law enforcement agency as lost or stolen before coming in to replace. Costs for lost tag is $7.75 and $5.75 for lost decal.
Disabled: Disabled individual must have form SF0953 completed by physician to obtain plates or placard. If purchasing plate, individual has to be a registered owner of vehicle. Disabled license plates: $24.00. If permanently confined to wheel chair, license plate is free. If disabled individual obtains plates, the placard is free. If no plate is purchased, placard is $21.50, renewable every two years for $3. Temporary placard is $10.00 and good for 6 months. It can be renewed 1 time for an additional 6 months for $10.00. Replacement placard cost is $2.00. Permanent indicates disability is permanent, not the plate or placard. Temporary indicates disability will be temporary.
Renewals: The price for regular plates is $24.00/year. The price for regular personalized or cultural plates is $60.00/year. The price for personalized cultural or specialty plates is $95.00/year. *NEW* Click Here to Renew your tags online! *NEW*
Personalized: or other specialty tags (ordered and approval by the state) are then kept at the main office in Blountville. If you prefer to pick up this type of tag at Kingsport or Bristol branches, please make your request one day in advance. We are happy to transfer special plates and do so daily. Call (423) 279-2873 or (423) 323-6429.
No out-of-state checks please.
No generic counter or second party checks.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted but a processing fee is charged.
I.D. required on all checks.