Tennessee County Codes

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Tennessee plates from 1939 through 1987 (excluding 1966-70) started with a numeric county code, which was assigned by the population of the county. Codes stayed constant from 1939 through 1965, then were re-assigned according to population shifts when the 1971, 1977 and 1984 baseplates were released. For example, Montgomery county was the 10th most populous in 1971, so county code #10 on the 1971-76 plate indicates Montgomery. #10 on the 1977-83 base, however, indicates Anderson county, which was 10th most populous in 1977.

The table below shows the county code numbers for the 1971, 77 and 84 baseplates. Counties are listed in order of their 1984 population standings.

Initial distribution blocks for the 1966, 1989 and 1995 bases are known as well, but since these plates all carried county stickers at the bottom of the plates, identification of the plates by the serial is not necessary.

County1971-761977-831984-1988
Shelby111
Davidson222
Knox333
Hamilton444
Sullivan555
Washington666
Sumner18127
Rutherford11118
Montgomery1099
Blount9810
Madison7711
Bradley171312
Anderson81013
Williamson322314
Wilson282015
Greene131516
Maury141617
Carter151718
Gibson121419
Hamblen201920
Roane161821
Putnam232122
Hawkins212423
McMinn192224
Sevier343125
Coffee242526
Robertson292827
Campbell273528
Dyer222629
Lawrence262930
Tipton253231
Weakley353032
Obion302733
Warren433434
Franklin313335
Jefferson483936
Dickson524737
Cocke403738
Monroe414339
Cumberland504840
Henry454241
Loudon374142
Carroll383643
Bedford423844
Lincoln364045
Fayette334446
Giles444647
Clairborne515248
Lauderdale465049
Marion494950
 
County1971-761977-831984-1988
Rhea575751
Hardeman474552
McNairy535353
Hardin545454
Cheatham786655
Henderson565656
Haywood395157
Marshall555558
White585859
Scott596160
Overton616061
Grainger656362
Morgan636463
Unicoi605964
Humphreys726565
Macon667066
Hickman707267
Crockett626268
Smith686869
Benton757170
Fentress646771
Wayne696972
Grundy717673
Johnson747474
Polk677375
DeKalb737576
Chester777777
Union817978
Decatur827879
Cannon808080
Lewis878581
Bledsoe848382
Jackson798183
Stewart838484
Sequatchie888885
Clay868786
Lake768287
Meigs909188
Hancock858689
Houston928990
Trousdale919291
Perry899092
Van Buren949493
Moore959594
Pickett939395

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