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Annual Renewal Costs
The following information does not pertain to the initial registration of a vehicle. This information is about annual renewal for years subsequent to initial registration. Since initial registration includes onetime fees, sales tax and plate options, an estimate is more complex. Feel free to call (423) 209-6525 for help estimating your registration.
Renewal Costs for four basic plates are included in the “Check List” below.
  1. Emission Testing--$9
    Most vehicles require emission testing at one of four Hamilton County Testing Centers prior to renewing. Click for details of State mandated emissions testing in Hamilton County.
  2. Chattanooga City Sticker--$5
    Only residents of Chattanooga are subject to purchase the city sticker. Stickers may be obtained during the renewal process both online and in person. Click for details regarding city stickers.
  3. Plate Type:
  Renewal Cost
  
Standard Plate $29

Add $2 for a total of $31 if renewing by mail. Add $3 for a total of $32 if renewing by internet
  
Personalized Standard Plate Standard issue plate personalized by choosing up to 7 characters which must be approved by the state.

$65 *

Add $2 for a total of $67 if renewing by mail. Add $3 for a total of $68 if renewing by internet
  
Specialty Plate Tennessee has hundreds of specialty plates ranging from organizations to sports.

$65

Add $2 for a total of $67 if renewing by mail. Add $3 for a total of $68 if renewing by internet
  
Personalized Specialty Plate Any Specialty Plate may be personalized with state approval.

$100*

Add $2 for a total of $102 if renewing by mail. Add $3 for a total of $103 if renewing by internet
* All Personalized plates are processed uniquely from other types of plates. Initial registration requires application to be made to the State for approval, and an initial plate fee is remitted to the State. In subsequent years the renewal cost is as stated and is handled via your local county clerk. Click for information from the State of Tennessee regarding personalized plates.
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