Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 55-21-112
An owner or lessee of a motor vehicle who is deaf or hard of hearing may request that the department include such designation in the VTRS database. This designation is made available to law enforcement during a roadside registration information request "deaf", "hard of hearing", or [blank].
WHAT THE CLERK SHOULD DO:
At the time of initial registration or renewal: When performing the registration/renewal transaction, if proper documentation is presented, check the box for either "deaf" or "hard of hearing" on the owner screen and scan the supporting documents.
Outside of the renewal period: Verify that proper documentation is presented. Perform a Transaction 17 and check the box for "deaf" or "hard of hearing" on the owner screen. Scan the supporting documents.
*In lieu of Section C, the applicant may provide a written report or statement indicating the applicant is deaf or hard of hearing. This report must be from an audiologist or other medical doctor licensed to practice medicine, a Christian Science Practitioner listed in the Christian Science Journal, nurse practitioner (APRN), or physician's assistant (PA).
- The applicant must be listed as the owner/co-owner or lessee of the vehicle.
- The "Deaf/Hard of Hearing" designation must be made through the office of the county clerk in the county of the applicant's residence.
- This designation can be found under the OWNER/LESSEE tab to the right of the "Name Code" box on TNCLERK.