Registration Renewal

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Emissions Test

Vehicles must be tested every year with some exceptions.  Emissions testing is performed by Opus Inspection, a for profit corporation not affiliated with the County Clerk’s Office.

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Take your vehicle along with the renewal notice you may have received in the mail from the Tennessee Department of Revenue, to one of the vehicle emissions testing stations.  If you did not receive a renewal notice in the mail, you may still continue on to the Emissions testing center.   You do not need a renewal slip to have your vehicle tested.

For information regarding failed emissions tests, emissions exemptions, and emissions requirements for vehicles out of county or out of state, visit our Emissions Testing page.


How to Renew

After you have satisfied the emissions test requirement you may renew online, at a kiosk, through the mail, or in person.  Mailed decals arrive in about one week.

The Tennessee Department of Revenue sends out renewal notices as a courtesy, you are still obligated to renew your registration by your vehicle’s expiration date. You may renew up to 90 days of your expiration date.


Private PassengerVehicles Specialty Plates, Personalized, College, etc.
Item Cost Item Cost
Metro’s Vehicle Regulatory Fee $55.00 Metro’s Vehicle Regulatory Fee $55.00
Registration 29.00 Registration (typically $39) See State Form or call our office
Postage & Handling 2.00* Postage & Handling 2.00*
TOTAL 86.00 County Fee 1.00
Commercial Vehicles Motorcycles
Item Cost Item Cost
Metro’s Vehicle Regulatory Fee $66.00 Metro’s Vehicle Regulatory Fee $55.00
Registration See State Form Registration 22.00
Postage & Handling 2.00* Postage & Handling 2.00*
TOTAL 79.00

* Add an additional $3 to the Postage & Handling fee when a new license plate will be mailed.



Please take the passed emissions test slip, and either the renewal notice or a copy of your current registration to one of our locations. If you have misplaced your renewal notice or your emissions testing slip you may still renew in person. You do not need your renewal notice or testing slip to renew. Renewals are processed at all locations, however if you wish to purchase a Specialty/Personalized License Plates, it must be picked up at our main office, 700 2nd Ave South, Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37210.


To register by mail, send us your emissions inspection certificate or a signed inspection exemption form, your renewal notice, (if you did not receive a renewal notice in the mail, you may send a copy of your title or a copy of your previous registration), and your payment for the correct registration amount (Renewal Amount). You may only pay by check, please do not send cash or a credit card number. Checks should be made payable to Davidson County Clerk  and should include your current TN Driver License number and daytime phone number. Checks are accepted on Tennessee banks only.

If you are renewing a specialty license plate you will need to visit the State website here, to determine if you are required to submit a copy of your membership credentials to our office for eligibility verification.

You should mail in your renewal at least 5-10 business days prior to your vehicle’s  registration expiration date.

Send to:
Davidson County Clerk
P.O. Box 196333
Nashville, TN 37219-6333


License Plates / “Tags”

A few of the Specialty/Personalized and/or Military license plates are being re-issued this year and must be picked up at  our main office, 700 2nd Avenue South. It is not possible to keep every (type of) Specialty, Personalized and/or Military license plate at our satellite offices. If you have a Specialty, Personalized and/or Military license plate, or wish to purchase one, please call 615-862-6251 to confirm that your requested license plate is available at the location where you plan to renew.



Customers will receive only one decal which indicates you have paid both state and local fees. The word “Purchased” should appear in the “County Sticker No.” location on your new registration form.  If receiving a military exemption from the tax, the home of record state will appear in that same location.

Decal Placement

The decal should be affixed to your license plate in the upper right hand corner and any old decals should be removed.