Showing proof of insurance not required when you register your car in Tennessee

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Contrary to some recent media reports the James Lee Atwood Law (also known as the Insurance Verification Law) has not yet gone into effect in Tennessee.

According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, insurance verification for vehicle registration DOES NOT go into effect now. There are parts of the law that are in effect now, such as increased fines for not showing proof of insurance to a law enforcement official when a person is pulled over for a violation.

County Clerks are not yet required to see or ask for proof of insurance prior to allowing for a vehicle to be registered.

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The Department of Revenue is still in the planning phase of developing a system for insurance verification. The law as it is currently written requires that the system be functional by January 2017.

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