Does Tennessee require an inspection for vehicle registration? Tennessee

The DOR does not require an inspection prior to car registration or registration renewal. Unlike other states that mandate annual safety inspections, Tennessee places the responsibility on you, the driver, for maintaining a safe vehicle – changing worn tires, replacing brake pads, fixing busted headlights, taillights, brake lights, and directional lights.

Pass Emissions Testing to Register Car in TN

The state does, however, require passing a smog inspection prior to vehicle registration, but only for residents in the following counties: Davidson (Nashville area), Hamilton, Rutherford, Shelby (Memphis area), Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson. A smog check, which costs $10, must take place at a state-approved emissions inspection station.

You are allowed to test up to 90 days in advance of your car registration's expiration date. The DOR strongly recommends testing early so as to avoid the usual end-of-the-month lines that are common with all emissions inspection stations.

After passing the smog test, you can then register with your County Clerk. Be sure, when registering, to provide emissions test documentation, along with proper identification and payment for registration fee.

For emissions testing questions, call (866) 329-9632. Or, for help in finding an emissions inspection station near you, dial (877) 477-0800.

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