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Convenient Motor Vehicle Registration Locations The Putnam County Clerk now offers three convenient locations that handle motor vehicle registration and many renewals can now be processed from the comfort of your easy chair with our convenient Online Renewal Service.
To title and register your new vehicle, you will need to submit to your resident county clerk the following:
•Manufacturer's Statement of Origin
•The new vehicle's invoice
•A copy of your current registration if transferring your license plate
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Business Tax Information In Putnam County, most businesses must obtain a business license.  The exceptions are businesses that pay the Professional Privilege Tax, manufacture products for the disabled, or gross less than $3,000.00 annually.  

After the first 30 days of operation, a new business has an additional 30 days to obtain a license. The fee for a business license is $15.00. Applications can be completed in the County Clerk's office or by mail.   Learn more >>    
So, You Are Getting Married... Congratulations! During the hustle of getting ready for your nuptials we want to make the "business end" of getting ready for your special day easier. Premarital Counseling is recommended.

Cost is $41.00 with premarital counseling or $99.00 without premarital counseling.
Copies of Marriage Certificates may be obtained at the County Clerk's office or by mail for $6.00 each.
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Interested In Becoming a Notary? Becoming a Notary is a big responsibility and a respectable service to want to provide to your community. You must visit our main office to complete the application process.  

A Notary is a county public official whose powers and duties are defined by statute. Basically, a Notary has the power to administer oaths and take depositions, affidavits and acknowledgments. A Notary's powers and duties can be exercised in all counties in the State of Tennessee.
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traffic" Customers need to renew in their own county", (as statute requires T.C.A. 55-4-105e)

New Vehicle: Purchaser needs to have in their posession (MSO) Manufacturer Statement Origin, completed by dealer and purchaser. Also, need bill of sale stating tax collected and lien holder (if any). If vehicle is purchased out of state and sales tax is lower than TN, then the difference will be collected at time of registration.

Used: Purchaser should have title in their possession with the buyer and seller's signature. Odometer is required for vehicles ten years or newer. Tax will be collected at time of registration unless dealer collected tax. Selling price of vehicle has to be 75% of book value. Low selling price will delay process of issuing title. Form SF1301201 can be used for low selling price of gift. Do not purchase vehicle if seller's signature does not match the name on the front of the title. If lien appears on front of title, make sure it has been relased before purchase. If lien needs to be noted on either new or used, make sure full name and address is properly noted.

Moving to Tennessee: Owner needs title from previous state, or if still paying on vehicle, we need current registration and full name and address of lien holder. Cost of transferring out of state title and to obtain plate and registration is $38.00.

Replacement of Lost Tennessee Title: Tennessee title is the only title that may be replaced. No out of state titles. To obtain a replacement title, SF0968 has to be completed and signed by registered owner. If owner chooses, he/she can choose to complete SF0968 (POA), which enables someone other than registered owner to obtain replacement title. Replacement title: $13.00.

Noting of Lien: Must be Tennessee title. In order to note lien, form SF0943 has to be completed and signed by registered owner. Must have TN title and a security agreement between the lender and borrower. Noting of lien: $13.00

Multiple Owners: Only one signaure is required on title if registered to two or more and is joined by "OR". If joined by "AND", both signaures are required.

Selling of Vehicle: Registered owner of vehicle signs his/her name as signature of seller. Individual obtaining ownership of vehicle signs their name as buyer with complete address. Seller should never sign off of title without completing buyer potion; this is known as an open title. This could result into penalties to seller.

Handicap: Handicap individual must have form SF0953 completed by physician to obtain plates or placard. If purhcasing plate, individual has to be a registered handicap person. Handicap license plates: $24.00. If permanently confined to wheel chair, license plate is free. If handicap individual obtains plates, the placard is free. If no plate is purchased, placard is $21.50, renewable every two years for $3.

Renewals: The price for regular plates is $24/year. The price for regular personalized or cultural plates is $60/year. The price for personalized cultural or specialty plates is $95/year.

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Organ Donor

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Hunting - Fishing

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Specialty Tags

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