Tennessee IFTA Information

Tennessee, or more commonly known as “The Volunteer State” is located in the Southeastern United States and currently has a population of about 6 million people. To obtain an IFTA license you must submit an application to the Tennessee Department of Revenue. Tennessee does not currently charge a fee to submit an application or for required decals.


State Requirements IFTA Tennessee Licensing


If your vehicles qualify, you must apply for an IFTA license. Qualified motor vehicles operating in more than one IFTA jurisdiction must obtain a license and IFTA decals that allow them to travel in any member jurisdiction.  A qualified vehicle is one that is designed, maintained, and used to transport persons or property, and meets the following stipulations:

  • Has two axles and a GVW or registered GVW that exceeds 26,000 pounds, or;
  • Is used in combination when the weight of such combination is more than 26,000 pounds GVW or registered GVW, or;
  • Has three axles, regardless of weight.

Tennessee qualifies as your base jurisdiction if you register your vehicles in Tennessee, maintain operational control and records in the state, and accrue mileage here. To obtain an IFTA license, you must submit an IFTA sticker application to the Tennessee Department of Revenue. Tennessee does not currently charge a fee to submit an application or for required decals. If your application for a license is approved, you’ll receive one license and two IFTA decals for each registered vehicle.  A copy of the license must be carried inside the cab, and one IFTA decal must be affixed to each side of the cab’s exterior.

As an IFTA licensee, your quarterly fuel use taxes are due as follows:  


Quarterly IFTA Due Dates

Q1 January – March April 30
Q2 April – June July 31
Q3 July – September October 31
Q4 October – December January 31


Failing to file your fuel tax report or pay your fuel taxes on time may result in a fine of 10% of the total taxes due, or $50, whichever is greater.  Delinquent filing or payments can interfere with renewing your IFTA license and decals.


Renewing Your Tennessee IFTA License


Your IFTA license and decals expire each year on December 31st. You will receive your renewal application 30 days prior to the due date. You should file as early as possible to avoid a delay in renewal, ideally before November 30th. However, if you do not receive your renewal license by the expiry date, Tennessee offers a grace period through February of the following year. Your current IFTA license and decals may remain displayed during the IFTA sticker grace period.  If you are not compliant with all IFTA fuel use taxes, your application will not be approved.

IFTA Tennessee allows you to file for your renewal license electronically and pay online using IFTA Web File if you prepare tax documents yourself, use a computer to prepare filings, and have internet access.


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