A license from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is required to transport & resale any live plant within the state of Tennessee.  This includes any plant with a live root system, including:

  • tomato plants
  • herbs
  • flowers
  • nursery plants (shrubs, trees, etc)

It does not matter if you grew the plant from a seedling acquired from a licensed nursery; every agent/nursery along the way must be inspected and maintain a valid permit.  Fortunately, there are several different licenses available including a small nursery/hobby permit which is quite affordable.


*Regulations are subject to change and it is the responsibility of the vendor to make sure that they remain compliant and up-to-date. During the application process copies of applicable permits will be requested. For further information please visithttp://tn.gov/agriculture/section/ag-licenses.