Specialty License Plate
There's a new way to support Smoky Mountain Service Dogs and let fellow motorists know you’re doing so!
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs is pre-selling custom license plates to Tennessee residents with registered vehicles. The plate costs $35.00 but $15.37 of the cost benefits the organization directly.
The state requires a minimum of 1,000 pre-orders to start production of the new plate. After all orders are received, it will take four to six months for plates to arrive at local county clerk offices.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I receive my plate?
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs organization is required by the Tennessee Department of Revenue to pre-order 1,000 plates before they are officially put into production. Once the plates go into production, the department estimates it will take up to 3 months before the plates arrive at local county clerk offices across Tennessee. The Department of Revenue will notify you when your plate is ready for pickup at your local county clerk's office.
My plate isn't expired yet; may I still pre-order a plate?
Yes! You may pre-order a new plate at any time before your current plate expires. Your renewal will be due one year from the date you pick up your plate at your local county clerk's office.
What happens if my current plate registration expires before my new plate arrives?
You should renew your plate registration with your local county clerk before your registration expires just like you have in the past. When your new plate arrives at your county clerk's office, you may switch to your new plate at that time. The fee to renew your registration and switch to your new plate will be prorated depending on how many months you have remaining on your registration, and your new renewal date will be effective for one year from the date of upgrade to your new plate.
Can I order a specific numbered plate?
No. All plates on the pre-order are sold in numerical sequence.
May I personalize my plate?
Upon the initial pre-order, you may not personalize your plate. However, once the initial order of plates has been turned into the Department of Revenue, you may go to the following link, complete a personalized application and send in your remittance along with the application to the address indicated on the form.
I live outside of Tennessee, may I still pre-order a plate?
You may pre-order a plate if you have a vehicle registered in the state of Tennessee. However, you may not pre-order a plate if you live outside of Tennessee, and your vehicle is not registered in Tennessee.
May I pre-order more than one plate if I have multiple vehicles registered in Tennessee?
Of course! You may pre-order multiple plates.
What does the $35 purchase of this plate benefit?
$15.375 of every plate purchased is given to Smoky Mountain Service Dogs organization. This continues to provide training, food and veterinary costs for the service dogs at no cost to the veteran. For more information about Smoky Mountain Service Dogs please visit www.smokymountainservicedogs.org
Are there any scenarios in which I may receive a refund?
No. If the 1,000 pre orders is not met by the deadline, then the $35.00 will be considered a contribution to the organization. **If a refund is desired, you will be responsible to contact us directly. More information will be available on our Facebook page.
May I pre-order a handicapped/disabled driver version of this plate?
For any drivers who are approved and have documentation for handicapped plates, your local county clerk will provide you with a sticker to place in the bottom corner of the plate that will provide the appropriate notice and has the exact function of the formerly issued handicapped/disabled driver plates.
How can I order a plate if I don't get one today?
There is a link on our Smoky Mountain Service Dogs webpage to download the form. The form, along with a check for $35.00 can be mailed to the address listed on the form.
All initial purchases must be made by check, money order or cash.
May I pre-order a plate with an alternate payment method?
No. A debit or credit card is required to order a plate on the DMV webpage for renewal after the plate is in production.
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