Tennessee License Plate Lookup

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Tennessee License Plate Lookup Options

Motor vehicle registration, title, issuance of license, and registration of license plates in Tennessee State is managed by the Tennessee Department of Revenue. The department offers a range of services, both on field and online. If you’re interested in a Tennessee License Plate Lookup online, use the above form.

Their online services include renewal of vehicle registration, ordering sports plates, personalized plates, and dedicated plates, changes in addresses, and payment of parking tickets. However, on field services offered by the Tennessee Department of Revenue include title issuance and registration, transfer of vehicle ownership, cancellation of new car title, new and pre-owned vehicle registration or replacement of a lost one, and access to registration records. It also deals with the issuance of different kinds of license plates and insurances.

If you want to order a new license plate, you can do that in person by submitting an application and form at the Tennessee Department of Revenue ( DOR )office. A number of options are given for license plate selection including:

  • Antique Auto License Plates
  • Clubs/Organizations License Plates
  • Collegiate License Plates
  • Current Tennessee License Plates
  • Emergency/Safety License Plates
  • Environmental/Conservation License Plates
  • For Children License Plates
  • Fraternity/Sorority License Plates
  • Hospitals License Plates
  • Military/Memorial License Plates
  • Sports License Plates
  • Tennessee Arts Commission License Plates
  • Wildlife/Animal License Plates

From all these categories, a total of 100 different types of license plates are offered to residents to choose from in order to register their vehicles. License plates can be received from the county clerk?s office. Extra charges of $1 will be applicable for the issuance of specialty plates. Make sure you check with your county clerk regarding the availability of specialty plates as not all types of plates are available at each location.

Additionally, if you want to establish a new specialty plate in the name of your organization, it can be done by introducing a bill for the particular plate through your state legislator. Following the acceptance of the bill, the Department of Revenue would need to be contacted to proceed with the remaining process. You will need to provide details including the plate name, organization name, contact name and number, mailing address, and email address. This correspondence will be continued between the contact person and representative of the department and would follow through with the exchange of samples, test plates, and payments.

If you want to look up information regarding any license plate, you will need to contact the Tennessee DOR in person for this matter.

Tennessee License Plate Lookup

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Can I run a Tennessee license plate search?

You sure can, with 3rd party public record websites, like SearchQuarry.com, you can lookup vehicle information with a Tennessee license plate number as well limited owner information as long as you have a valid reason.

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  1. As an HOA board of directors’ member, I get many complaints of vehicles parking on our public streets. Our city codes and our covenants allow only 4 vehicles per single family dwelling….some have as many as seven. I would like to run the tags to determine the registered address of the owner to determine if the vehicle belongs to a household member or a person who rents a room. Do you provide such service?

    thank you

    1. John, we only allow certain reasons, as outlined in our terms of service and according to the PA state privacy laws. You must first read through this to verify if your reason is within the guidelines provided for you in our Tennessee vehicle record resources

  2. I found an old picture of an individual leaning against an old car (40s?) with the license plate of the car in view. We have tried to identify the individual but no luck so far. The license plate # is 55-791. The ’55’ identifies it as a car registered in Smith County, TN at the time.

    Is it possible to ID the car owner from the license plate to possibly identify the person in the picture?


    1. Brian, unfortunately our Tennessee license plate lookup resources only work on vehicles that were manufactured in the last 30 years. You will need to contact your local motor vehicle department to inquire about your question

  3. I know someone who is selling drugs from her home. She has moved from the address I have in my phone book. I know for a fact she smokes marijuana in her car and she is transporting drugs from Columbia to to Nashville and the surrounding areas. She has two children and I worry about their safety. I want to give as much information to the police as possible and I don’t know if the license plate number will help track her down more quickly.

    1. Beth it is unclear how we can assist you with this Tennessee license plate lookup? It sounds like you should leave this matter to the police as it can be potentially very dangerous. Please reach out if we can assist you with a public record search in the future.

    1. Christopher, how exactly can we assist you with your Tennessee license plate lookup? If you are concerned about someone stalking you then you might want to reach out to the police and report this SUV and it’s TN license plate number to them so they can follow up

  4. Can someone help me with vin number D7fh394307 . I have a copy of a Tennessee title with this vin number and title number 28870682 and control number 2883531. The date of issue was 03-11-82 in Hendersonville, Tn. It has Conway Twitty’s name on the title. Can you please verify this for me.
    Thank you, Terry

    1. Our VIN check resources need 17 digits, which is standard on newer vehicles, in order to decode the VIN and give you any Tennessee license plate or vehicle information. That being said, there are other resources you might want to reach out to such as Carfax that can decode older VIN numbers

  5. What is the specific number of digits and or letters in a TN license plate? I just moved from CA and see different kind of plates. Im getting a new car in about a month and wanted a personalized license plate. In california the plates have 7 spaces to personalize a license plate. Is there an option like that here in TN? If so how many spaces on the license plate..?

    Hard to get a hold of the DMV. I call and wait for 40 minutes until they just hang up, so i call over and over again..

    1. In Tennessee you can have up to 7 characters on your personalized license plate. Click here for more information about Tennessee Specialty & Personalized License Plates.

      Tennessee Personalized License Plates

      1. Fill out Tennessee personalized license plate form
      2. Select your top 3 choices for personalized plates
      3. Enter your name, address & current plate number
      4. Pay the $70 annual fee for personalized plates
      5. Processing may take several weeks

    1. Hello Kenneth,

      If you have the Tennessee license plate number or VIN number we can assist you with a license plate lookup. Unfortunately we cannot locate a vehicle by your name. The other option is to contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue ( Motor Vehicle Department ). Please let us know if we can be of additional assistance to you.


      Best Regards,

      The Search Quarry Team

  6. We would love to get a donate life plate for our new car. These plates were not available in the past. I am a survivor of 2 donated organs, one from my wife. Please let us know how to apply for this plate.

    1. Hello Scott,

      We don’t offer these types of services however I did some research for you and found what you are looking for. I have included a link below for you to apply for the “Donate Life” license plate in Tennessee. Please reach out if there are any other Tennessee license plate number questions we can answer for you.


      Best Regards,

      The Search Quarry Team

Author: SQAdmin
Last Updated: November 17, 2020

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