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Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)

Automobile Registration

Reference Number: MTAS-1864
Reviewed Date: 11/30/2022

Revenue Class: Licenses and Permits

Fund: General

Account No.: 32110

Description: Municipalities may require by ordinance an automobile regulatory fee or inspection fee for all vehicles owned or operated by residents who live within its corporate boundaries.

Authorization: T.C.A. § 6-55-501 et seq.; T.C.A. § 7-51-701 et seq.

Requirements or Restrictions: Non-residents cannot be required to pay such fees (T.C.A § 6-55-502(c) and T.C.A. § 7-51-702).

Current Rate: Varies.

Frequency of Payment: Usually annually.

Late Pay Penalty: N/A

Exemptions: Varies.

Collection: Varies. The municipality may enter into an agreement with the county authorizing the county clerk to collect the motor vehicle regulatory fee at the same time the clerk sells a state license.

Use Restrictions: Some municipalities dedicate revenue to streets and highways, but this is not required by T.C.A.