HOV Smart Pass
On January 1, 2009, the Department of Revenue began accepting applications for the Smart Pass program, which allows hybrid vehicles to drive in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes without satisfying the two-passenger minimum. Registered owners of qualifying hybrid vehicles can download an application to receive a small decal for their vehicle that allows them to drive in HOV lanes without additional passengers.
The State will continue to extend the eligibility for Smart Pass to include more recent models of vehicles on the EPA’s list (click here to view the list). For example, the 2011-2013 models of the Prius and other hybrids are also eligible for the pass. Similarly, new hybrids, such as the Ford C-Max, plug-in electric hybrids, such as the Chevrolet Volt, and all electric vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf, would be eligible.
- Mail the application to:
Department of Revenue
Vehicle Services Division
44 Vantage Way, Suite 160
Nashville, TN 37243-8050
- Fax the application to (615) 253-8650
- View a list of qualifying hybrids here
- Locations of HOV lanes
For more information about HOV lanes and restrictions in Tennessee, visit the Smart Commute page on the TDOT website.
Questions? Call (615) 741-3101 or (888) 871-3171