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For New Residents Titling a Vehicle in Tennessee for the First Time

Below is a checklist for registering a vehicle for the first time in Hamilton County, Tennessee. If you have questions regarding your situation please call (423) 209-6525.

Applicant(s) must visit the Clerk’s office at the downtown Courthouse or the branch office off of Bonny Oaks Drive. Click for driving directions.

Please bring the following:

1) Personal photo ID. Click for list of acceptable identification.
2) Two proofs of local residence. Click for qualifying proofs of residence.

3) Proof of compliance with state mandated emission test. Click for FAQs.

Air Pollution Board Emission Testing Update

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced today that emissions testing in several Tennessee counties can end on January 14, 2022 now that the Environmental Protection Agency has approved a revision to the state’s air quality plan.

EPA’s final rule, which was published in the federal register on August 17, 2021, means vehicle testing will end in January of 2022 in five Tennessee counties – Hamilton, Sumner, Rutherford, Wilson, and Williamson. Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County has chosen to continue its testing program.

The EPA determined that the removal of vehicle emissions testing in Tennessee is consistent with the federal Clean Air Act and all applicable regulations. The rule becomes effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, on September 16, 2021. Tennessee law says the elimination of emissions testing shall be effective 120 days following the effective date of EPA’s final rule, meaning the elimination date falls in January 2022.


Given the end-of-month requirement for vehicle testing and registration, vehicle registration renewals for the month of January 2022 will NOT require testing AFTER January 13.

Persons registering their vehicles before January 14, 2021 will still be required to get the emissions test.

Tennessee’s law provides an option for local agencies with their own vehicle emissions testing programs to continue them. Davidson County opted to continue its existing program.

Those who have questions regarding the elimination of the vehicle emissions testing program may visit the TDEC Vehicle Emissions website at this link.

Direct all questions about testing to TDEC Vehicle Testing Information Hotline:


Frequently Asked Questions regarding the End of Emission Testing

4) Original title if the vehicle is paid in full and is not being held by a lienholder. If you are making payments on the vehicle, the original current out of state registration is required along with the complete name and mailing address of the lienholder

5) Required applicant(s) if the title was issued in more than one name. Who is required?
  1. If the names are connected with “and” both owners must appear. If only one person is able to appear, a power of attorney form must be executed designating the other owner to sign both names. Click for form.
  2. If names are connected by "or" only one of the named individuals need appear. 

6) If vehicle is being leased, you will need the following:
  1. Original notarized power-of-attorney mailed from lessor. A faxed copy is not acceptable. Click for form.  In place of an original power-of-attorney from the lessor, the Dept. of Revenue will accept a lessee authorization form completed by the lessor faxed to the office Click for form.
  2. Lessor’s Tennessee sales tax leasing number.
  3. Out of State registration in lessor’s name or faxed copy of the front of the title sent directly from the lessor to our office. Fax number (423) 209-6526
  4. If vehicle is leased to more than one person, both parties will need to visit the motor vehicle office.

For the fees associated with this transaction, please call (423) 209-6525.

When visiting the office please consider donating a dollar to the County Clerk’s Organ Donor Awareness Program.

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