Extensions Granted by Governor’s Executive Order

May 1st, 2020

Important Information Regarding Changes Resulting from Covid-19

 Vehicle Title and Registration

  • Please visit for more information on the reopening of emission testing centers in Davidson County.
  • Vehicles with an expiration date of March, April, or May 2020 will NOT be required to have an emissions test if renewed prior to 6/15/2020.  Any renewal, regardless of expiration date, processed after 6/15/2020 will be required to obtain an emissions test.
  • Effective 6/1/2020 All registrations that expire June 30, 2020 and thereafter (July, August, September, etc.) are required to have an emissions test.
  • If your registration expires in March, April or May, you have until JUNE 15, 2020 to drive legally. This includes temporary operating permits, dealer drive out tags, and motor carrier temporary permits expiring between March 12 and May 31, 2020.
    • If you have purchased a vehicle from an individual, a notarized bill of sale or the properly re-assigned title should be kept in the automobile while driving. Either of these will serve as a temporary registration and proof of ownership until June 15, 2020.
    • If you have purchased a vehicle from a dealership, you should have been issued a Temporary Tag, which is extended to June 15, 2020. If you were not issued one, or purchased from an out of state dealer, a copy of the Bill of Sale can be used to serve as proof of ownership.
    • If you are new to state, even if your tag is expired, you will also be afforded the June 15 extension.
    • Temporary Operating Permits (commonly referred to as temp tags or drive out tags) will not be issued at this time.

Marriage Licenses

Marriage license applications must be submitted online and a confirmation email received, before visiting the office. Government issued ID and proof of social security number are required.

If you have purchased a Marriage License and it was set to expire between March 12, 2020 and May 31, 2020, the expiration date has been extended until June 30, 2020.


Notary Commissions

The terms of office of notaries public and online notaries public set to expire between March 12 and May 18, 2020 will instead expire on July 15, 2020.

We strongly encourage Notary Public applicants to mail applications along with payment to Davidson County Clerk’s Office, PO Box 196333, Nashville, TN 37219-6333.


Business Licenses

The date for filing Business Tax Returns has been extended to June 15, 2020 by the Tennessee Department of Revenue. This means that business licenses issued during 2019 will not expire until July 15, 2020.

Driver License Information

Aug 28th, 2019

    • The County Clerk’s Office does not issue driver licenses.
    • A self-service kiosk, located in our main office, is available for customers with an existing TN driver license or TN ID.
    • The kiosk is limited to replacing or renewing your class D or class M license.
    • The kiosk will take your new photo and only accepts debit and credit cards as payment.
    • You will be issued a valid but temporary, paper license and receipt. The TN Dept. of Safety will then mail your new plastic license or I.D.
    • For new to state, REAL ID, CDL (Commercial Driver License), Skills Test, Handgun Permit, and Driving Records (MVR) visit the TN Department of Safety website.
South Satellite Office to Convert to Full Motor Vehicle Title & Registration Services

Jan 18th, 2019

Effective January 2019, the Davidson County Clerk’s Office will convert the South branch, housed in the South Police Precinct, to a full title & registration service location. Previously, the South Branch Express Location only issued Vehicle Registration Renewals and Disabled Placards. The South Police Precinct is located at 5101 Harding Place and the hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.