DEALER PLATES OVERVIEW

 AUTHORITY:                       

Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 55-4-204, 55-4-11755-4-226 and 55-4-227

PLATE CATEGORY

Special Purpose

CLASS CODES:

PLATE NAME

CLASS CODE

FORMAT

RANGE

AUTO DEALER “D” NEW (Franchised)

Class_1110.jpg

1110

D######

D000001-D999999

AUTO DEALER “D” USED (Independent)

Class_1112.jpg

1112

######D

000001D-999999D

DEALER VEHICLE PREP (or Vehicle Auction Companies)

Class_1114.jpg

1114

DA#####

DA00001-DA99999

DEALER MISC “DL” (Transporters, Manufacturers)

Class_1116.jpg

1116

DL#####

DL00001-DL99999

DEALER HEAVY DUTY TRUCK DEMO

Class_1117.jpg

1117

#####DL

00001DL-99999DL

DEALER MANUFACTURER (VS ONLY) (OEM)

1118

 

 

9000 (VS ONLY)

1119

 

 

SPECIAL EVENT “SE” (passenger transport vehicles)

Class_1120.jpg

1120

SE#####

SE00001-SE99999

SPECIAL PURPOSE (CVPT)

Class1121.jpg

1121

CVPT###

CVPT001-CVPT999

BOAT DEALER

Class_1122.png

1122

#####BD

00001BD-99999BD

MOTORCYCLE DEALER

Class_5050.jpg

5050

DZ####

DZ0001-DZ9999

WHO IS ELIGIBLE:  

  • Automobile Dealers: new, used, motorcycle
  • Must have valid unexpired motor vehicle dealer’s license
  • Heavy Duty Truck Dealers
  • Dealer Vehicle Prep
  • Manufacturers or Transporters
  • Non-Profit Special Purpose - Public Chapter 902 (2016) authorized a nonprofit organization to obtain a special purpose license plate (Special Event Plate - class 1121) , in lieu of registering the vehicle, for the following purposes: to transport the vehicle between a prior or subsequent owner and the organization; to transport the vehicle between the organization and a location where cleaning, repairing, or preparation is performed; or to test the vehicle within a 20-mile radius of the location where the cleaning, repairing, or preparation is performed. The bill imposes a fee of $47.30 for the first plate and $23.65 for each additional plate. It limits a nonprofit organization to a maximum of three plates each year.

NOTES:

  • Beginning May, 2022. Dealer plates will be renewed every May instead of new metal being issued.
  • These plates are not issued to individual vehicles
  • Fees vary by class code, however a higher fee is assessed for the first plate purchased; additional plates may be purchased at a reduced fee
  • The number an applicant may purchase varies and is dependent on information provided by the Motor Vehicle Commission, however, there is a maximum number of plates that can be purchased annually.
    • Class Codes 1110, 1112, and 5050 - max 225 plates
    • Class Codes 1114 and 1116
    • Class Code 1117
    • Class Code 1118 and 1119
    • Class Code 1120 - max 100 plates
  • RV dealership license numbers should be keyed into system as RV52 on the Dealer App.

ORDERING

Application for Dealer Plates

REPLACEMENT DEALER PLATES:

  • Lost/Stolen Plates:  The fee to replace lost plates is the same rate as provided for obtaining the plate initially issued. The Application for Duplicate/Replacement License Plate or Decal must be completed in its entirety, including certification that the loss/theft has been reported to law enforcement.
  • Mutilated/Defaced Plates: The fee to replace a mutilated or defaced plate is $10 if the mutilated plate is surrendered to the clerk.

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TRANSACTION TYPE--89 DEALER PLATES

 

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