How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Tennessee

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You will receive a renewal notice, by mail, before their vehicle’s registration expires. Renewals are handled by individual counties but overseen by Tennessee’s Department of Revenue (DOR).

The notice explains the vehicle’s status and outlines what’s needed to complete a renewal process. If the notice did not arrive, a license plate number or VIN will suffice during the renewal process. Else, contact your local TN DMV office if you have further inquiries about your vehicle’s status.

You can renew in Tennessee:

  • Online
  • In-Person
  • Mail

Tennessee tag renewal varies by county and your vehicle’s status. The following sections share how the registration renewal is done through online, in-person, and mail-in methods.

Tennessee Car or Truck Registration Renewal: Step-by-Step

A vehicle inspection is required before renewing for those living in Davidson, Hamilton, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties. This inspection must take place within 90-days of your planned renewal. Visit an inspection station with your registration or title, pay the fee, and keep this document until you’re ready to complete the renewal.


Tennessee auto insurance isn’t a requirement when renewing. Yet, you’ll need insurance if you plan to drive on state roads and highways. Keep this in mind if you intend using your vehicle – don’t make the mistake of showing up to the DMV without it else risk a suspended license!

Here are the different ways to complete a TN vehicle registration renewal:

Renewing Online

Online renewal provides the easiest option, available through the DOR site:

  1. Check if your county allows online renewals
  2. Enter your license plate number
  3. Complete the online form
  4. Pay the renewal fees

Renewing In-Person

  1. Collect your information
    1. Renewal notice
    2. Vehicle documents
  2. Visit your nearest TN DMV
  3. Submit and file your paperwork
  4. Pay the fees and taxes

Renewing by Mail

The mail-in renewal is the same process as renewing at a local DMV. You’ll submit your vehicle and personal information and pay the fees/taxes. You should receive your new tags not too long after.

Congratulations, You’re Done!

You’ve successfully completed your registration renewal. Note the registration expiration date on your forms and plan to redo this process in the coming years. Stay safe on the roads!