State of Tennessee


*** NOTICE ***
This page includes a brief summary of provincial/state laws regulating ATV / Off-highway vehicle use current to April 2012. It is not intended as an absolute reference as laws are subject to change without notice and many potential prohibited acts may be covered by other legislation or statutes. It is recommended that you consult with the latest version of state statutes or provincial legislation.
General prohibited acts that may not be covered by specific OHV legislation include trespassing on private property, unlawful use of OHV on public highways, reckless use of off-highway vehicles, operation of off-highway vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, damage to public or private property or damage to natural habitats or protected areas which are all unlawful in every province and state.
Preamble

ATV's and other off-highway vehicles are regulated in the state of Tennessee under Titles 55, 70 of the Tennessee statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

For more information on Tennessee ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Tennessee OHV Act.





Summary of legislation regulating ATV use


Titling required
All residents of Tennessee are required to title their off-highway vehicle.



Registration required

All residents of Tennessee are required to register their off-highway vehicles.

Tennessee does not currently have a non-resident OHV permit available however it is recommended that non-residents possess valid out-of-state registration and display the registration decal on the vehicle.
Helmets required for underage operators and riders
All operators and riders under the age of 18 shall wear DOT approved helmets at all times while riding on public lands.



Muffler and spark arrestor required
All off-highway vehicles operating on public lands are required to have working muffler systems which limit noise emissions and be equipped with U.S. Forest Service approved spark arrestors.



Additional safety equipment required in state parks
All operators and riders in state parks are required to wear a DOT approved helmet, shatter resistant eye protection, protective clothing and adequate footwear.



Operating restrictions in state parks
Four wheel off-highway vehicles are currently prohibited within Tennessee state parks.

Operation of two and three wheel off-highway vehicles is permitted on designated routes and areas only. Operation hours in state parks is between the hours of 9am and 30 minutes before sunset.

Operation on public roadways prohibited
It is unlawful to operation a off-highway vehicle on public roadways or highways except to cross such roadways.




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OHV Registration / Permit
All residents of Tennessee are required to register their off-highway vehicles and display valid registration decals on the vehicle.

Tennessee does not currently issue non-resident OHV permits, however it is recommended that non-residents possess valid out-of-state registration and display valid registration decals on the vehicle.

For More Information
This page represents a general summary of applicable state laws which apply to the operation of an off-highway vehicle. Laws are subject to change and laws other than specific off-highway vehicle related laws may be in place which may directly or indirectly apply to the operation of a off-highway vehicle in certain circumstances. Please consult with your state statutes if you have any questions.

For more information on Tennessee ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Tennessee OHV Act.