A disintegrin and metalloproteinase 12 (ADAM12) is known to be involved in chondrocyte proliferation and maturation; however, the mechanisms are not fully understood. In this study, expression and localization of ADAM12 during chondrocyte differentiation were examined in the mouse growth plate by immunohistochemistry. Adam12 expression during ATDC5 chondrogenic differentiation was examined by real-time PCR and compared with the expression pattern of type X collagen. The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas9 system was used to generate Adam12-knockout (KO) ATDC5 cells. Adam12-KO and Adam12 overexpressing cells were used for analyses of ADAM12 expression with or without TGF-β1 stimulation. ADAM12 was identified predominantly in chondrocytes of the proliferative zone in mouse growth plates by immunohistochemistry. Adam12 was upregulated prior to Col10a1 during chondrogenic differentiation in wild-type ATDC5 cells. In Adam12-KO ATDC5 cells, following initiation of chondrogenic differentiation, we observed a reduction in Igf-1 expression along with an upregulation of hypertrophy-associated Runx2, Col10a1, and type X collagen protein expressions. In ATDC5 wild-type cells, stimulation with TGF-β1 upregulated the expressions of Adam12 and Igf-1 and downregulated the expression of Runx2. In contrast, in Adam12-KO ATDC5 cells, these TGF-β1-induced changes were suppressed. Adam12 overexpression resulted in an upregulation of Igf-1 and downregulation of Runx2 expression in ATDC5 cells. The findings suggest that ADAM12 has important role in the regulation of chondrocyte differentiation, potentially by regulation of TGF-β1-dependent signaling and that targeting of ADAM12 may have a role in management of abnormal chondrocyte differentiation.