MILITARY OVERVIEW

AUTHORITY:
Tenn. Code Ann. Sections 55-4-120 and 67-6-303(a)(1)

DESCRIPTION:

  • When a member of the military is based in Tennessee, he/she may apply for title and registration through the office of the local county clerk where they are based; or they may apply through the local county clerk office of their home of record, as indicated on their Leave and Earnings Statement (LES).

REQUIREMENTS:

Based in Tennessee (Home of Record Out of State)

  • Military members stationed within the state of Tennessee on a military base or Ft Campbell KY, shall go through the county in which they are based or their home of record.
    • They must have a copy of their current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) and stationing orders
    • Personnel stationed in Tennessee are not required to re-register their vehicle in Tennessee if properly registered in the military owner’s state of domicile

Based out of State (Home of Record Tennessee)

  • Military members based out of state and whose home of record on their current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) is Tennessee; may either register where they are based or through the county of their home of record
  • If there is no physical presence in Tennessee the military member may file through any county clerk in Tennessee
    • They must have a copy of their current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) and stationing orders
    • Their stationing orders must indicate that they are stationed out of state

MILITARY TITLE AND REGISTRATION:

  • Documents required to title and register a “new” vehicle:
    • A properly assigned Manufacturer’s statement of origin (MSO)
    • Odometer Disclosure Statement if applicable
    • Itemized New Car Invoice/Bill of Sale
    • Statement of any liens or encumbrances if applicable
    • Copy of Current Leave and Earning Statement (LES) and Stationing Orders
    • Mailing Address
    • Daytime Telephone Number
  • Documents required to title and register a “used” vehicle:
    • Previous owner's title properly assigned to purchaser.
    • Odometer Disclosure Statement if applicable
    • Statement of any liens or encumbrances if applicable
    • Copy of Current Leave and Earning Statement (LES) and stationing orders
    • Mailing address
    • Daytime phone number

NOTES:

  • Vehicles that are purchased overseas by our military personnel will often only receive a USAREUR registration for purposes of operating the vehicle overseas. This registration should be properly assigned to the person filing the application for title and registration. If a lien is indicated, the Vehicle Services Division will notify the lienholder requesting the outstanding title.

MILITARY REGISTRATION – RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Documents required to renew a vehicle in Tennessee:
    • A Copy of the Registration
    • Copy of Current Leave and Earning Statement (LES) and Stationing Orders
    • Mailing Address
    • Daytime Telephone Number

NOTES:

  • Military registrants renewing their vehicle in Tennessee are required to pay any wheel tax due to their local county clerk's office. For a list of county and city wheel tax fees and locations to remit click here for county clerk contact information.

RELATED TOPICS:
SALES TAX OVERVIEW

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