Cumberland Trail License Plate FAQs

What Will The Plate Look Like?

The current design features Stinging Fork Falls in Rhea County, a favorite Cumberland Trail stop.  The plate artwork will be subject to a review process that includes road testing, to ensure that it meets necessary visibility requirements for law enforcement and safety applications. Because of that, the final artwork on the plate might be adjusted.

When will I receive my plate?

The Cumberland Trail specialty plate is currently in production phase, meaning that State legislators have introduced and passed a bill authorizing the plate. Before the initial run of plates can be printed, the trail and its support organizations must collect 1,00o pre-orders and fees totaling $35,000.  Once payment and names are submitted to the Department of Revenue by the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, it takes approximately four to six months before the plate is produced. After plates are produced, they are mailed to county clerk offices. Letters are also mailed to customers to let them know when their assigned plates will be in their local county clerk’s office and are ready for pickup. To learn more about the specialty plate process, visit the Department of Revenue.

How Much Does the Specialty Plate Cost?

Specialty plates cost an additional $35 above normal plate fees. If you are paying vial PayPal, a modest transaction fee will be added to cover payment processing. The fee is 30 cents per transaction, plus 2.9% of the total payment.

What If It’s Not Time to Renew My Plates?

Once you receive the letter confirming that your plate is ready, you can either go in at renewal time or right away. Just bring your old plate with you.  If you go in immediately, the county clerk will prorate your new plate and your expiration date will change to the month you pick up the new plate.

Where Will the Money Go?

Funds raised by the Cumberland Trail specialty plate will be managed by the Friends of the Cumberland Trail and will directly fund park operations, including maintenance, construction, and interpretive programming.