County offices to reopen next week

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Bedford County fee offices have continued to operate during the safer-at-home order, but closed their doors to walk-in traffic, requiring citizens to call and make an appointment for services requiring in-person contact or transfer of paperwork.

County Clerk Donna Thomas will re-open her office to walk-in traffic Monday, May 11. The number of customers allowed in the office at one time will be limited and social distancing will be required. In order to avoid the long line, Thomas urges citizens to continue to renew vehicle license tags in one of the following ways:

•Online at

•By phone at (931) 684-1921

•By mail at Bedford County Clerk, 100 Public Square West, Suite 104, Shelbyville, TN 37160.

Those whose registration expired in March or April have until June 15, 2020 to renew. This includes temporary operating permits, dealer drive out tags, and motor carrier temporary permits expiring in March or April. Citizens can still renew vehicle registration online, by phone, or by mail. Those who have purchased a vehicle from an individual should keep a notarized bill of sale or the properly re-assigned title in the vehicle while driving. Either of these will serve as a temporary registration and proof of ownership until June 15, 2020.

Newcomers to Tennessee, even with expired tags, will still be eligible to take advantage of the June 15 extension.

All requirements for vehicle insurance remain in force.

Bedford County Trustee Tonya Davis, who shares the first floor of Bedford County Courthouse Annex with the county clerk’s office, will also re-open for walk-in traffic May 11.