A Transaction Type N10 is used when an applicant acquires a vehicle (no record on our
database); and transfers a plate from a vehicle already titled and registered in the
applicant’s name and wishes to change the plate class because a different registration
class is required. The new plate can be either a higher or lower registration class. If
higher, the applicant will receive credit for the plate being traded equal to the fee of the
quarter in which the transaction transpires. If a lower registration class is being traded,
no credit is given.
1. Multi-purpose Application completed in its entirety
2. Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO), Out-of-State Title or foreign or out-ofstate
registration (if lienholder is holding the title)
3. Title Extension Form (if applicable)
4. Odometer Disclosure Statement (if applicable)
5. New Car Invoice or Bill of Sale if application is supported with a MSO
6. Surrender the plate being exchanged
• Applications not supported with a MSO or out-of-state title may in some instance
be support with the following: Court Order, Certification of Ownership, Surety
Bond, Notice of Sheriff’s Sale, Divorce Decree, Repossession, or Abandoned
• The application for Certificate of Title and Registration must show the year
and make of the vehicle from which the license plate is being transferred. This
must be shown in the “License Not Trade-In” space on the application for title
• If the license plate being transferred is in joint ownership, it cannot be
transferred to single ownership, except in the instance of a surviving spouse.
[Tenn. Code Ann. 55-4-101(f)(2)].
Applicant may pay the following:
• Registration fee
• Title fee
• Lien fee (if applicable)
• Credit will be given for the license plate being traded, if it’s of a higher registration
• County Issuance fee(s)
• Additional County Clerk fees may be applicable.