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Tennessee EV Specialty License Plate

FREE

for the first year

Registering for your plate will help promote EVs throughout the state. The proceeds from these specialty license plates will also be used to fund DET’s projects and programs to create a future of renewable energy, encourage economic growth, and protect community health.

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Registrant Count

834

We’re almost to our goal!

Finalized EV Specialty License Plate Design

EV SPECIALTY LICENSE PLATES ARE AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION

Our team has worked with our stakeholders to design a unique license plate in Tennessee to promote electric vehicles. Our design has been approved, and will soon be available for registration through the TN license plate registration portal.

Beyond donning a new, personalized plate on your car, registering for your plate will help promote EVs throughout the state. The proceeds from these specialty license plates will also be used to fund DET’s projects and programs to create a future of renewable energy, encourage economic growth, and protect community health throughout Tennessee.

WERE YOU ONE OF THE FIRST 1,000 TO REGISTER?

Congratulations! The DriveElectricTN team is hard at work to complete the necessary steps for the license plate to be produced. Stay on the lookout for further communication about next steps!

Didn’t sign up in time for the first round? Don’t worry! We’ve found funding for more plates and have re-opened the registration portal for a limited time. Don’t wait — register now to have your specialty license plate registration fee covered for the first year ($35 value)!

Frequently Asked Questions

DriveElectricTN (DET) provides a range of EV initiatives and programming for the state. We have built a local to statewide communication network which has brought Energy Industry leaders to EV Enthusiasts together to meet and create EV momentum in your community. DET is managed by East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Your support, through this plate, is a visible and fiscal method to show your commitment to advancing EV statewide programming.

DET needs to maintain 1,000 Tennessee registration commitments in a limited timeframe. If we don’t meet our 1,000 commitments then the DriveElectricTN (DET) license plate program can’t exist.

The first year of registration for the first 1,000 commitments will be completely free. After the first year, the cost will be $35 per year, the same cost as other specialty license plates in Tennessee. For all additional registrants, the plate will also cost $35 per year.

Yes and No. We are asking that you commit to at least one year for free if you are one of the first 1,000 people to register and easily renew each year through a self-selected recurring annual $35 “plate registration” commitment during the state’s annual vehicle registration process.

Anyone that is currently registered with a TN license plate can register for this specialty plate! And, you don’t have to own an electric vehicle (EV) and/or plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV).

Once we secure 1,000 names, we submit this information to the Tennessee Department of Revenue’s State office no later than May 2022. If we collect 1,000 names earlier than the May timeframe then the plate will become available sooner!

The Tennessee Department of Revenue, a state agency, manages the license plate program. They provide program information, receive the names and payments that we provide and manage the license plate’s print production. When it’s ready to be officially released, we will contact you to pick your plate up at your local county clerk’s office. And the cool part is that it becomes a permanent part of our state’s Specialty License plate program!

Thanks for wanting to help! Our biggest task is getting at least 1,000 people to say “YES.” We are asking everyone to share this information with your network of friends, families and business associates. If you own and/or work for a business, we ask that you see if the company will advertise this program internally.

For a new specialty plate (non-personalized)
DET would receive the $35.00 – the cost of the license plate is $3.30 for a total of $31.70.
The $31.70 would then get split
  • 10% to Highway Fund =$3.17,
  • 40% to Arts Commission = $12.68 and
  • 50% to DET =$15.85.
For a new specialty plate (personalized)
DET would receive the $35.00 – the cost of the license plate is $3.80 for a total of $31.20.
The $31.20 would then get split
  • 10% to Highway Fund =$3.12,
  • 40% to Arts Commission = $12.48 and
  • 50% to DET =$15.60
For a renewal the $35.00 would split
Renewing the plate.
10% to Highway Fund =$3.50,
40% to Arts Commission = $14.00 and
50% to DET =$17.50
Donut charts of the specialty license plate options; for more information go to FAQ section

To learn more about the program, email [email protected].