Beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2023, the license plate fees will be changing. The State passed a law allowing the fee change in April. We are still in the process of figuring out which plates in the Class A and Class B categories will receive the waiver. We are currently awaiting answers to questions that we have asked the state department regarding which plates this will affect. As of right now, we know that it will be for the standard plates and the standard motorcycle plates. You will still have to pay the current $15 wheel tax and issuance fee on those plates. From what we understand, the standard plate renewal fee will be $20.25 and $5.25 for the standard motorcycle plates. At times, your wait may be a little long than usual, at least for the month of July. Please be patient with us as we are trying to figure this out as well. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but when things like this change, it takes a little time to adjust.
Below is the statement released by the State of Tennessee Department of Revenue concerning the fee change:
“Vehicle Registration Fees – State Portion of Vehicle Registration Fees Waived Public Chapter 1143 (2022), effective July 1, 2022, waives the state registration fees for Class A and Class B motor vehicles upon the renewal of the motor vehicle’s registration if the renewal occurs after July 1, 2022 and before June 30, 2023. Plates expiring before or after this period will be subject to the ordinary registration fee. Class A includes motorcycles and autocycles and Class B includes passenger motor vehicles and motor homes. The state portion of the fee that is waived under this law is ordinarily $16.75 for Class A and $23.75 for Class B. Additional Fees Not Waived Other specific fees that are earmarked for safety and system improvement purposes, as well as the additional electric vehicle registration fee and county fees are not waived. For More Information Visit www.tn.gov/revenue. Click on Revenue Help to search for answers or to submit an information request to one of our agents. References Pub. Ch. 1143 (2022), Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-4- 101(a)(1), 55-4- 111(a)(1). “
Thank you in advance for your patience. – Clifa Norris, Smith Co. Clerk