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How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

If your vehicle's registration card, license plate(s) or stickers are lost, stolen, or damaged, you may apply for a replacement with the Tennessee Department of Revenue. While the procedure differs slightly depending on what needs to be replaced, for license and/or stickers, you will usually need to complete the appropriate application form.

APPLYING FOR A REPLACEMENT REGISTRATION CARD

You can apply for a replacement registration card if your card is lost, stolen, or damaged by following these steps:

  1. Head to your local DoR office.
  2. Write out a form filling out the details of your license, vehicle identification number and the reason you are asking for a duplicate registration form.
  3. Get this form notarized.
  4. If your current registration card has been damaged, attach the damaged card to the application.
  5. Pay the duplicate registration fee, currently $0.50. If you want the duplicate to be certified, you will have to pay $1.
An application for a replacement registration card can be made by mail also. When applying by mail, include the completed application and fee, and mail to:
Tennessee Department of Revenue
Taxpayer and Vehicle Services Division
44 Vantage Way, Ste. 160
Nashville, TN 37243-805    

APPLYING FOR A REPLACEMENT LICENSE PLATES

If one or both of your license plates are lost, stolen, or damaged, you must apply for replacement plate(s) immediately. You can obtain replacement plates either in person or by mail. Applying For Replacement License Plates In Person
  1. To apply in person, visit your local County Clerk's Office.
  2. Complete the Application for Duplicate/Replacement License Plate or Decal and get this notarized.
  3. Bring the damaged plate(s) with you, if you still have them.
  4. If your current address differs from the one the Tennessee DoR has on file, you must also provide proof of ownership of the vehicle (a copy of your title or registration card), along with a police report if your license plates were stolen. Note down the agency and officer name that helped you file the report.
Applying For Replacement License Plates By Mail To be eligible to apply by mail, you must be the registered owner of the vehicle, and your current address must match the one the Tennessee DoR has on file.
  1. Complete the Application for Duplicate/Replacement License Plate or Decal and get this notarized.
  2. Mail the damaged plate(s) with you, if you still have them.
  3. Submit along with a police report, if your license plates were stolen. Mail the application and damaged plate(s) to:
    Tennessee Department of Revenue
    Taxpayer and Vehicle Services Division
    44 Vantage Way, Ste. 160
    Nashville, TN 37243-805    

APPLYING FOR REPLACEMENT LICENSE PLATE STICKER(S)

If your vehicle's year sticker is lost, stolen or damaged, you are required to obtain a replacement sticker. You must complete the Application for Duplicate/Replacement License Plate or Decal and get this notarized. Submit the application at your local County Clerk's Office.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Note that you cannot obtain replacement license plates or stickers for vehicles that are not currently registered.
  • If you have not received your replacement registration card, license plates, or stickers long after submitting your application, contact the Tennessee DMV at (888) 871-3171 which is a statewide, toll-free number. People from Nashville and out of state can contact (615) 741-3101 for assistance.
  • See also Vehicle registration and Registration Renewal.
  • See also Replacing a Lost Driver's License and Replacing a Lost Title.
 

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