|Buying a Vehicle from an Individual?
PDF sample of how to complete a Tennessee Title
Already purchased a vehicle?
Below is titling information if you already purchased a vehicle or are a new Tennessee resident.
of Residency is required by the State of Tennessee Dept. of Revenue.
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For the fees associated with this transaction,
please call (423) 209-6525.
Please bring Photo Driver License or other
acceptable photo I.D.
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forms of I.D. when titling a vehicle, applying for a license plate or
transferring a plate from one vehicle to another. State law requires the
applicant or owner to visit the County Clerk's office. If you can't personally
transact this business a representative may be designated by notarized
Power of Attorney. The Power of Attorney
must identify the vehicle by make, model and identification number. A free
form for this purpose may be obtained at either office location, by calling
423/209-6525 or printing the HTML version from our
If your vehicle is new bring all papers connected
with the purchase. This includes manufacturers statement of origin, or MSO,
new car invoice from dealer, odometer statement, and a security agreement
if financed. If the vehicle was purchased from an individual, please present
a properly signed certificate of title and if the vehicle isn't over ten
years old the odometer statement must be completed on the title where specified.
If the vehicle is financed bring the security agreement. Vehicles purchased
from individuals may require a special affidavit from the seller if the
sales price does not agree with the NADA vehicle value guide. You may refer
to the NADA's
website to determine their value for your vehicle.
If you wish to transfer your present tag
please bring your current tag receipt or tag number.
Larger vehicles weighing more than 16,000
pounds are exempt from the odometer law.
If you bought the vehicle for considerably
less than the retail market value, the seller must sign an
Affidavit of Non-Dealer Transfers of Motor Vehicles and Boats. A form
for this purpose may be picked up at either the Courthouse or Branch office,
or downloaded from the link above. If unable to locate the seller, a notarized
appraisal from a licensed dealer is acceptable, otherwise tax will be based
on the NADA
Transfers from immediate family members may
be eligible for tax exemption. Gifts from non-family members in some cases
may also be tax exempt. However, the State does require a sworn affidavit
on exempt transactions. Forms are available at the Courthouse or the Branch
office in the Bonny Oaks Industrial Park.
The State Air Pollution Division requires an emission test for all vehicles 1975
and newer and with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,500 lbs. or less prior to
registration in Hamilton County. Exceptions: Motorcycles, 100% electric
vehicles, new vehicles registered with an MSO, and antique vehicles (25 years or
older registered as an antique).
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The State does not permit a corporate transfer
without collection of sales tax, even among family members.
Attention motorists purchasing vehicles in
Georgia or Alabama:
Georgia: Georgia does not issue a title on vehicles
with a year model of 1985 or older. Alabama: All 1975 and subsequent year model
vehicles are required to be titled by Alabama residents.
In these cases where a title does not exist
the owner must furnish vehicle registration receipt and notarized bill of
sale; also a lien instrument if there is a lien. If registration is not
at least 90 days old, notarized bill of sale from previous owner of vehicle
must also be submitted.
Also, when visiting the office please consider
donating a dollar to the
Organ Donor Awareness Program.