NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS - MILITARY

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS

AUTHORITY:

Tenn. Code Ann. Sections 55-4-255, (Fees: 55-4-103(f)(2), 55-4-103(f)(3)55-4-111(a)(1) Class B, 55-4-132(a),and 55-4-20455-4-201, 55-4-202, 55-4-203(c)(3), 55-4-271

PLATE CATEGORY:

National Guard

CLASS CODES:

Plate Name

Class Code/ Issue Year

Motorcycle Class Code/ Issue Year

Expires

National Guard Enlisted Free

3300/2006

5511/2006

Each September

National Guard Enlisted Additional

3290/2006

5512/2006

Each September

National Guard Officers (New Metal Issued Yearly)

3310/Yearly

 

Each September

National Guard Retired and Honorably Discharged

3320/2007

 

Staggered

National Guard Retired

5513/2006

 

Staggered

National Guard Honorably Discharged

5548/2006

 

Staggered


WHO IS ELIGIBLE:

Owners or lessees of passenger motor vehicles who are residents of the state of
Tennessee who are:

  • Active enlisted, retired or honorably discharged members or officers
    of the Tennessee National Guard. 
  • “Under Honorable” discharge does not meet the qualifications for plates requiring an “Honorably Discharged” status
  • Please contact Vehicle Services for the list of members.

NOTES:

  • All Enlisted members and Officers plates, regardless of what month the plate is issued, expire annually in September, applicable fees cannot be prorated
  • Applicants’ names will appear on a list provided to the county clerk, through the Department of Revenue, from the Adjutant General of the Tennessee National Guard
  • If the applicant’s name is not on the list, they must provide a letter from their commanding officer indicating membership in good standing in the Tennessee National Guard
  • Enlisted members receive one free plate, automobile or motorcycle, additional plates may be purchased at the regular fee
  • Officers receive three plates with pre-assigned numbers at the regular fee
  • When officers desire to register more than three vehicles, the county clerk should issue the next available plate in class code 3290
  • Plates for retired and honorably discharged members, as well as officers, are assessed the regular fee for each plate purchased

SURVIVING SPOUSE:

Public Chapter 691 (2019) states that a surviving spouse of a national guard member, upon complying with state motor vehicle laws relating to registration and licensing of motor vehicles and upon paying the regular fee applicable to the vehicle and a revenue-neutral fee equal to the cost of producing the special purpose plate, may apply for issuance of a national guard registration plate pursuant to this section, which shall be valid until the surviving spouse remarries.  An application by a surviving spouse for a national guard license plate shall be accompanied by proof of the deceased member's eligibility for issuance of the license plate, to include a department of defense Íorm 214 (DD 214) or an NGB form 22, showing adequate proof of service, and a copy of the relevant marriage certificate and death certificate, as further evidence of a surviving spouse's eligibility.

PERSONALIZATION:

These plates cannot be personalized.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Number to be issued:

Enlisted members:
              Free: one 
              Additional: unlimited

Officers:
             Pre-assigned numbers: three 
             Additional: unlimited

Retired, and Honorably Discharged: unlimited

Vehicle must be registered by: applicant or spouse 
Class of vehicle: passenger or motorcycle
Owner vs. leased: owner or lessee

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