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Tennessee License Plates

Tennessee is now issuing flat plates. Regular passenger plates on the 2001 base remained embossed through the end of the issue. The current base began being issued in January, 2006, and all are flat.

Order of formats for special plates with stacked letters: A/A 0000, 0000 A/A, 0 A/A 000, 00 A/A 00, and 000 A/A 0.

Contrary to the reports that the new format after 999-ZZZ would be 000-AAA using vowels, and another report that it would be 7 characters in the AAA-0000 format, A12-34A is the new format.

The next format after Z99-99Z will be 0A0-0A0 through 9Z9-9Z9.

Stickers

11 - white on black

12 - white on red

13 - white on green

14 - white on blue

15 - black on white

16 - black on white

17 - black on white

Standard Passenger Plates

2006 Series

72A Y86
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Davidson Co.

New bases have "www.tnvacation.com" added to the area right above the County Sticker.

The current low on the new base is 096-BBB from Wilson Co. Dave Hermanson confirms that vowels are not used on the new base. Vincent Perillo reported 327-NFD in Nashville, which is almost certainly a continuation of the plates issued to members of the Nashville Fire Dept. as on the last base. He also reports 992-MPD, which corresponds to the previous issue for the Metro Nashville Police Dept. for their personal vehicles.

Upon reaching 999-ZZZ in 2011, the current format of A12-34A began.

New format low: A00-06A Knox Co. 2013-07-27 Ken Reager

Numbering Sequence: A00-00A, then A00-01A, etc. through A99-99A then A00-00B, A00-01B, etc. The letter Q is not used.

Some Z series plates are now showing up, but we don't know what they are for yet. If anyone finds out, please let us know. Ken Reager and David Wilson have seen Z series plates with TN FLEET stickers, so our best guess for now is that the Z series is for Fleet plates. These plates have been seen from at least 4 different counties.

Z high: Z58-35Z Williamson Co. 2015-09-16 Joshua Fickett

Ricky Rose reports that Tennessee began issuing just one validation sticker in July 2014, and it has the plate number on it, but Dave Hermanson updates that it is for selected counties only and is machine printed with the plate number and if necessary "Local Tax" also noted.

From Dave Hermanson: Additional counties are adopting new machine printed validation stickers along with registration cards. Knox County came on-line around the end of September. Exp. 15 stickers look nearly identical to the earlier serial-numbered style with the plate number centered at the bottom. TN is stacked in small letters on the right side and if local-tax has been paid TP is noted. This change will probably eliminate the additional Local Tax Stickers. Still issuing separate month stickers.

Brett Weisbrot - 14 Aug ’21

2022 Series

 
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Starting January 2022, this is the new general use license plate.

- 30 Nov ’-1

In God We Trust

DSJ 460
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Ricky Rose - 10 Aug ’21

Lease

37A 9AV
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Logan Sewell - 8 Jul ’21

Non-passenger Plates

Antique Auto

4
AA
7754
ANTIQUE AUTO
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Flat

Original series used A/A prefix.

Spotted in Hamilton Co.

Dave Hermanson - 26 May ’21

Apportioned Trailer

N0479HYAPPORTIONED
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Keith Foreman reports an Apportioned Trailer in a new style on a black on deep yellow plate with the state name at top and APPORTIONED on the bottom, no stickers. The plate number was A184907.

Ricky Rose - 15 Jul ’21

Bus

MC
08236
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Embossed

We're taking a guess as to this being a bus plate because it was spotted on a charter bus. Speculation is that M/C could stand for Motor Carrier or Motor Coach. Considering the low number, it could be a new type.

Bill Southwick reports seeing a pair of buses with C/B71227 and C/B71228, so C/B is another Bus type. Church Bus, maybe? Charter Bus?

A175BA reported on a charter bus by Martin Houle. Black on white.

Ken Reager - 6 Apr ’14

Dealer

D005482AUTO DEALER
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Flat

Black on white.

This type is used for Franchised New Car Dealers.

Ricky Rose - 31 May ’21

Dealer - Used

007887DAUTO DEALER
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Flat

White on red.

This type is used for Used Car Dealers.

Ricky Rose - 21 May ’21

Disabled

4
DP
4878
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Bradley Co.

D/D nnnnn, then nnnnn D/D, then n D/D nnnn, then nn D/D nnn, then nnn D/D nn, now nnnn D/D n.

Ricky Rose - 15 Jun ’21

Emergency

E-80468EMERGENCY
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Flat. Formerly used older style embossed plate after other types had switched to flat. Amateur Radio plates with call signs also have the EMERGENCY legend.

Ricky Rose - 2 Nov ’20

Government Service

2465-GH
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Hamilton Co.

Flat

Format reversed after GZ-9999

Also seen - embossed S5-VC69 in the white on green format

Ricky Rose - 12 Oct ’21

Manufacturer

5DL691MANUFACTURER/TRANSPORTER
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Flat, black on white

DP-4267 spotted in California by Gunther Frostyburger on 2014-05-26.

Jacco Hoekstra - 3 Apr ’21

Motorcycle

299ZZ0
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unknown Co.

Series progressed from 9999ZZ to 0ZB000, now 00ZA00

Handicapped Motorcycle: 3A14 2015--04-21 Ken Reager

Ricky Rose - 13 Aug ’21

Rescue Squad

rs
7007
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Embossed

Eric Sivertsen - 29 Dec ’07

Semi-Trailer

215607T
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U series follows T series.

T series high: T954712 2014-04-13 Gunther Frostyburger

Ricky Rose - 12 Oct ’21

State Government

S4-B148
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Flat, white characters on green background.

Ricky Rose - 21 Mar ’19

State Trooper

9941
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The plate often matches the color of the squad car.

Some cars have the usual white on green State Gov't. plates, so it is possible they are changing back to using those instead of the special State Trooper plates.

Ken Reager - 25 May ’13

Temporary

E931105
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Spotted in Hamilton County.

Dealer name/logo appears in the open area at the left.

Temporary license plates, also known as in Tennessee as "Drive-out Tags", have a whole new look. The ID numbers are much larger in a gray Arial printed fonts, and the expiration dates are smaller, following the identification number.

After reaching the end of the Z prefix series, it appears these have rolled over to the A prefix series.

Brett Weisbrot - 18 Aug ’21

Specialty Plates

Agriculture

096
AG
1
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Ken Reager - 29 Oct ’14

American Eagle Foundation

37
ae
11
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Shane Ford - 24 Apr ’14

Animal Friendly

306
AN
1
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Shane Ford - 24 Sep ’15

Appalachian Trail

AT
9658
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Liam Warner - 18 Aug ’21

Arts Commission - Jazz Cat

00
AC
11
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This is the "Jazz Cat" plate.

- 19 Aug ’20

Arts Commission - Rainbow

99
ar
7
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"Art is...A Rainbow" slogan with rainbow graphic

Ken Reager - 6 Apr ’13

Auburn University

au
8392
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Joshua Fickett - 2 Dec ’15

Firefighter

14227-F
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Flat, now with different font

Ricky Rose - 14 Mar ’21

Florida State Univ.

Fs
0377
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Ken Reager - 1 Aug ’14

Fraternal Order of Police

4149
FP
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Shane Ford - 26 Mar ’14

Helping Schools

0G845
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G has moved from the last position to the second position.

Ken Reager - 6 Mar ’13

Hummingbird

hb
4999
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Joshua Fickett - 4 Dec ’15

Indiana University

iu
1228
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Flat

Shane Ford - 23 Sep ’13

Lady Volunteers Nat’l Champion

lv
E001
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Shane Ford - 2 May ’14

Lipscomb University

lb
0525
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Flat

Shane Ford - 12 Sep ’13

Mason

ml
6951
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Shane Ford - 2 May ’14

Memphis Rock 'N' Soul Museum

LP
6149
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Adam Garstka - 20 Sep ’19

Middle Tennessee State Univ.

mt
5664
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Shane Ford - 6 Jul ’15

Mississippi State University

2162
ms
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Shane Ford - 23 Jun ’15

Nashville Predators

4902
hl
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Shane Ford - 24 Sep ’15

National Parks

1
NP
D04
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Smoky Mtn. National Park, similar to the NC version.

Ken Reager - 23 Feb ’21

Ole Miss

1016
um
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Ken Reager - 6 Apr ’13

Purdue University

0301
PU
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Shane Ford - 13 May ’14

Radnor Lake

7829
rl
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Original series was R/L nnnn.

Shane Ford - 10 Nov ’15

Sons of Confederate Veterans

1238
cv
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Flat

Shane Ford - 16 Oct ’13

Sportsman

70
SF
11
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Shane Ford - 2 May ’14

St. Jude Children's Hospital

1
SJ
20
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Flat

C/H series has also been used.

S/J prefix was used before suffix.

- 30 Oct ’18

State Guard

TS
0293
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A suffix is for officers, R suffix is for retired, all-numeric is for regular Guard members.

Shane Ford - 19 Sep ’13

State Parks

E0903V
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Earlier format was E/V 1234

Joshua Fickett - 15 Oct ’20

Tenn. Assn. of Realtors

TR
2550
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"Celebrating Homeownership" in script at bottom.

Shane Ford - 23 Jun ’15

Tennessee State University

3691
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Flat

Shane Ford - 10 Nov ’15

Tennessee Tech University

tk
2737
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Ken Reager - 29 Oct ’14

University of Alabama

5118
al
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Original series had A/L prefix. Following A/L9999, switched to A/L suffix.

Shane Ford - 24 Apr ’14

University of Arkansas

ua
3726
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Shane Ford - 24 Apr ’14

University of Florida

uf
7165
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Flat

Shane Ford - 11 Dec ’15

University of Kentucky

0419
uk
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Started with U/K as prefix, then advance to U/K suffix.

Shane Ford - 24 Sep ’13

University of Memphis

4
TG
424
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Flat

Ricky Rose - 27 Jul ’20

University of Tennessee

852
ut
3
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Ken Reager - 6 Apr ’14

University of Tennessee Chatt.

0390
TC
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Shane Ford - 18 Sep ’13

Vanderbilt Children’s Hopsital

vh
5677
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Flat

Shane Ford - 13 May ’14

Vanderbilt University

2551
VU
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Flat

Shane Ford - 24 Sep ’15

Volunteers for Wildlife - Bear

9
WB
080
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Now flat

Shane Ford - 29 Apr ’14

Volunteers for Wildlife - Turkey

3533
WT
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Ken Reager - 27 Mar ’12

Military Plates

Disabled Veteran

DV16342
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Flat

Disabled Veteran - Handicapped - D/V 8112

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 17 Oct ’15

Honorably Discharged Veteran

4869H
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After reaching H9999, "H" now at the 5th position.

Low: H0001 (the lowest possible) 2013-04-11 Ken Reager

Walter Pilley - 18 Sep ’14

Military (sticker for branch)

837M8
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Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 8 Oct ’15

National Guard

ng
1326A
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Flat - New design has blue bird logo on the left side of the plate.

National Guard plates with a letter suffix are for officers. N/G nnnn format is for enlisted.

Enlisted high: N/G 20815 2013-09-20 Shane Ford

Ken Reager - 6 Apr ’13

Purple Heart/Combat Wounded

ph
A0 790
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Flat

The last high we had in the previous format was P/H 15 752 in 2007.

Chris Brown - 24 Aug ’12

Vietnam Veteran

3V 333
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Flat

Joseph - 7 Jun ’20

Inactive Series

1994 Series

861 UKG
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Series ran BBB - ZZZ, then Y, A, E, P, S, and U series in that order, with the letter in the first position only (i.e. no BYY or YYY)

Bruce Bufalini - 28 Oct ’00

2000 Series

TPV 001
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Vincent Perillo - 17 May ’06