The Moore County courthouse has temporarily closed the outside doors due to COVID-19. Each office is manned or available by phone.
The County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Trustee and Property Assessor offices will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice. The Chancery and Circuit Court Clerks offices are open the same days and also on Thursday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The Mayor’s office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
General Sessions Court
If anyone has a case in General Sessions Court that was scheduled for March or April you will need to stop by to pick up a continuance form from the Circuit Court Clerk.
As stated in the last update, tag renewals for March, April and May 2020 will be extended until June 15, 2020. If you have purchased a vehicle, keep the signed title with you and/or bill of sale to show ownership, and you will be fine until June 15, 2020.
Driver’s license: This was taken from the Governor’s Executive order # 19
The provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Sections 55-50-311, 55-50-336, and 55-50-337, are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to delay the expiration of all valid Class A, B, C, D, P, and M driver licenses and Class ID photo identification licenses set to expire between March 12, 2020, and May 18, 2020. Class A, B, C, PA, PB, and PC licenses shall instead expire on June 30, 2020. Any other licenses covered by this paragraph shall instead expire six (6) months from the current date the license is set to expire. This provision shall not apply to Class X licenses.
New Residents: Also taken from Executive order #19
The provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 55-50-304(5)(A), are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to allow a person who establishes residency in Tennessee between March 12, 2020, and May 18, 2020, additional time to obtain a Tennessee driver license. Affected residents shall have thirty (30) days after the termination of this Order to obtain a Tennessee driver license.
Boat registration: This statement was given by TWRA
“During this time of quarantine, we do understand the hardship you are experiencing of many county offices offering limited services and/or closing. If you are needing to pay sales tax on your vessel, we are encouraging you to call your county clerk’s office to ensure they are open and that they will be able to assist prior to leaving your home. Be advised that the law states, ‘In order for your vessel to be legal for operation on Tennessee waterways, applicable Tennessee sales tax must be paid and application must be submitted to the TWRA for registration.’”
However, following the Governor’s Executive Order and any further direction given through future Executive Orders, the TN Fish and Wildlife Commission has authorized Agency personnel to temporarily forgive those who aren’t registered because of these closures. As such, it is advised that you keep a photo copy of your bill of sale in your vessel until such time that clerks reopen and taxes may be paid. This will allow you to present proof of ownership to an officer should you be stopped.”
Business tax and sales tax filings and payments are due on time. For most taxpayers, this is April 15, 2020 for business tax and for sales tax, by the 20th of the following month. Businesses in federal disaster area counties affected by the tornadoes can apply to the Tennessee Department of Revenue for an extension that will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
This information is being sent to keep citizens in Moore County informed of their options. Hopefully this will help everyone make the decision to stay away from others and keep down the spread of coronavirus.