How to Personalize a Plate


Tenn. Code Ann. Section 55-4-111(a)(1)  and 55-4-214


To “Personalize a Plate” means to request specific letters or numbers to appear on a customer’s license plate, the requested combination is also known as a configuration. A personalized plate can be requested for passenger automobiles, motorcycles, and trailers not required to be registered but the owner wishes to register.


To personalize a plate, the applicant must complete the Online Application for Tennessee Personalized License Plate. 


  • The minimum number of characters in a configuration is 3, except for Legislative House and Legislative Senate plates
  • The maximum number of characters in a configuration varies by plate, e.g., the regular automobile plate has a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 7
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