Support the Arts in Tennessee with Specialty License Plates

In Tennessee, we are lucky to have an additional source of funding for the arts when budgets keep getting cut across the country. The extra revenue received from specialty and personalized license plate sales can be the key to survival for many performing arts programs in our state. More than 70% of the money used to fund the 800+ grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission last year was from the sale of these specialty license plates. Consequently, promoting specialty plate sales is one of the most important things all of us can do to ensure funding for the arts in Tennessee!
These plates are available to Tennessee residents who are registering a private passenger motor vehicle. The annual fee is $56.50 and $30.75 of the additional $35 collected is allocated to the Tennessee Arts Commission. The plate can be personalized with 5 characters available for a total fee of $91.50. Download Application

Where does my $35 go?

Ninety percent of revenue from the sale goes directly to the Tennessee Arts Commission. The remainder goes to the state of Tennessee to cover the cost of manufacturing the plate.

Do I have to renew my registration to pre-order a plate?

No, your license plate pre-order does not have to coincide with your regular registration renewal.

What if I just renewed my plate?

Once you receive notice that your plate is ready, you can go immediately to your local County Clerk's office to redeem your plate. If it does not coincide with your annual registration renewal, they will pro-rate your annual renewal fee. Or, if you prefer, the county clerk will hold the plate until it's time to renew your registration.

Can I personalize my plate?

Once the new plates have been produced and are available in the local county clerk's office, you can apply for a personalized plate by completing the application for Tennessee personalized license plates and sending the application along with a $70 fee to the taxpayer and Vehicle Services Division.

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