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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

2022 Series

BSD 0092SHELBY
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Seen in Cordova, TN

Starting January 2022, this is the new general use license plate. The current high and all plates after BRC 9999 are a separate series and no longer feature the web address below the serial.

Evan Couture - 14 Jun ’24

In God We Trust new

101 BNGL
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Plates after 999 BMDD replace the web address at the bottom with "Iin God We Trust" which has been removed from around the flag separator.

Brian Menius - 18 Jun ’24

Lease

480 OEM1HENDERSON
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Available tax-free to employees of Tennessee automobile manufacturers.

This series always employs the letters "OEM" at some position in the serial.

Ricky Rose - 17 May ’24

Non-passenger Plates

Antique Auto

00
AA
333
ANTIQUE AUTO
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Flat

Original series used A/A prefix.

Ricky Rose - 15 Apr ’24

Apportioned

T7845HYAPPORTIONED
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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 - 19 May ’24

Apportioned Bus

C407BAAPPORTIONED
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Commonly found on for-hire entertainer coaches such as those operated by Roberts Brothers, Nite Train, and Diamond Coach of Nashville. Current all-flat series started in 2011.

Creighton Rabs - 14 Sep ’23

Dealer

D019454AUTO DEALER
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Flat

Black on white.

This type is used for Franchised New Car Dealers.

Ricky Rose - 27 Oct ’23

Dealer - Used

026072DAUTO DEALER
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Flat

White on red.

This type is used for Used Car Dealers.

Kyle Wasson - 26 Apr ’24

Disabled

00
DP
306
KNOX
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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.

Evan Couture - 4 May ’24

Disabled (2023)

2
PD
6459
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Alpha sequences are going backwards from P/D to P/C.

Series advanced from 99999P/D to 0P/D0001.

Ricky Rose - 5 May ’24

Disabled (Confined to Wheelchair)

PC
03562
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Seen in Harlem, NY

Brett Weisbrot - 7 Apr ’24

Emergency

E-96373EMERGENCY
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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 - 21 Apr ’24

Government Service

8227-GI
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Flat

Format reversed after GZ-9999

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

Ricky Rose - 8 Jun ’24

Manufacturer

013DL69MANUFACTURER/TRANSPORTER
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Seen in Holliston, MA

Flat, black on white

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

Patient First - 18 Apr ’24

Motorcycle

36723K
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Series progressed from 9999ZZ to 0ZB000, now 00ZA00

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

Ricky Rose - 16 Apr ’24

Music City Bus

MC
08236
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MC = Music City bus. These plates are used on privately-owned, non-apportioned entertainer coaches such as those operated by Russell Coaches of Knoxville. Only observed on the fully-embossed 2001 "Sounds good to me" base.

Ken Reager - 6 Apr ’14

Rescue Squad

RS
8278
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Embossed

Ricky Rose - 24 Oct ’21

Semi-Trailer

554321T
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U series follows T series.

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

Brett Weisbrot - 10 Apr ’24

State Government

S5-H350
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Flat, white characters on green background.

Ricky Rose - 4 Mar ’24

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

E953040
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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 - 6 Apr ’23

Specialty Plates

Agriculture

9
FA
197
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Martin Houle - 9 Mar ’24

American Eagle Foundation

3
EA
999
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Evan Couture - 12 Jun ’23

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

27
AC
28
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Seen in New Buffalo, MI

This is the "Jazz Cat" plate.

Matt Reilly - 11 May ’24

Arts Commission - Rainbow

AT
971
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"Art is...A Rainbow" slogan with rainbow graphic

Martin Houle - 9 Mar ’24

Auburn University

au
8392
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Joshua Fickett - 2 Dec ’15

Firefighter

29823-F
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Flat, now with different font

Ricky Rose - 25 Feb ’24

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

2
HB
600
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Evan Couture - 5 Mar ’23

Indiana University

iu
1228
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Flat

Shane Ford - 23 Sep ’13

Isaiah 117 House

AX
2023
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Proceeds help provide emotional and physical support in a loving home for children awaiting foster placement in Tennessee.

Evan Couture - 13 Oct ’23

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
9995
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Evan Couture - 5 Mar ’23

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

Millennial Debt Foundation

60
AI
25
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Proceeds benefit the Millennial Debt Foundation’s management of educating the public on the need for fiscal stewardship in government.

Ricky Rose - 7 Apr ’24

Mississippi State University

4101
MS
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Brian Menius - 27 Mar ’23

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

1
RL
767
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Original series was R/L nnnn.

Ken Reager - 16 Nov ’23

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.

LicensePlates.cc Staff - 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

E8693V
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Earlier format was E/V 1234

Ry - 16 Mar ’24

Tenn. Assn. of Realtors

TR
5140
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"Celebrating Homeownership" in script at bottom.

Ry - 2 May ’24

Tennessee State University

4999
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Flat

Evan Couture - 9 Oct ’22

Tennessee Tech University

tk
2737
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Ken Reager - 29 Oct ’14

University of Alabama

39
AL
13
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Original series had A/L prefix. Following A/L9999, switched to A/L suffix.

Brian Menius - 27 Mar ’23

University of Arkansas

UA
5099
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Brett Weisbrot - 14 Oct ’23

University of Florida

0
UF
543
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Flat

Martin Houle - 8 Apr ’24

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

9
TG
648
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Flat

Martin Houle - 6 Sep ’23

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

4910
VU
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Flat

Jacco Hoekstra - 21 Jan ’24

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

Youth Villages

YV
5975
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Evan Couture - 1 Jan ’23

Military Veteran Plates

Disabled Veteran

DV
99999
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Flat

Disabled Veteran - Handicapped - D/V 8112

Evan Couture - 28 Jun ’23

Honorably Discharged Veteran

88H17
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Seen in Ontario, Canada

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

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

Tyler Elg - 11 Mar ’24

Military (sticker for branch)

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

National Guard

2086
NG
A
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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

Evan Couture - 16 Oct ’23

Purple Heart/Combat Wounded

08P H73
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Flat

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

Evan Couture - 25 Sep ’22

Vietnam Veteran

3V 333
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Flat

Joseph - 7 Jun ’20

Inactive Series (retired)

1994 Series

930 UKX
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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)

Evan Couture - 4 Mar ’23

2000 Series

TPV 085
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Evan Couture - 4 Mar ’23

2006 Series

56B T13
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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.

Evan Couture - 26 Jul ’22

In God We Trust (2006)

DXX 700
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Evan Couture - 6 May ’23

Lease (2006)

09A 9BB
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Evan Couture - 5 Sep ’22