DEALER PLATES OVERVIEW

 AUTHORITY:                       

Tenn. Code Ann. Sections 55-4-203(a)(3), 55-4-204(a)(2), 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)

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1110

#D####

0D0001-3D0000

AUTO DEALER “D” USED (Independent)

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1112

#D####

3D0001-9D9999

DEALER VEHICLE PREP (or Vehicle Auction Companies)

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1114

#DA###

0DA001-9DA999

DEALER MISC “DL” (Transporters, Manufacturers)

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1116

#DL###

0DL001-4DL999

DEALER HEAVY DUTY TRUCK DEMO

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1117

9DL###

9DL000-9DL999

DEALER MANUFACTURER (VS ONLY) (OEM)

1118

 

 

9000 (VS ONLY)

1119

 

 

SPECIAL EVENT “SE” (passenger transport vehicles)

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1120

#SE####

0SE0001-9SE9999

SPECIAL PURPOSE (CVPT)

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1121

##CVPT#

00CVPT1-99CVPT9

MOTORCYCLE DEALER

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5050

#DZ###

0DZ001-9DZ999

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:

  • The issue year changes annually, with new metal production in May
  • 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 license plate 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.

RELATED TOPICS:

TRANSACTION TYPE--89 DEALER PLATES

 

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