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Low, Medium-speed and Off-road Vehicles

Low and medium-speed vehicles can be titled and registered in Tennessee for use on roads meeting certain speed restrictions. Operators must have a Class D driver license in their possession.

Qualifying four-wheeled electric or gasoline vehicles include:

  • non-traditional golf carts designed and manufactured for on-road use or modified to meet statutory requirements and safety standards; and
  • neighborhood electric vehicles.

Low-speed vehicles:

  • have top speeds between 20 and 25 miles per hour;
  • are permitted on roads with speed limits less than 35 mph, but they may cross streets exceeding this limit; and
  • require a Low-Speed Vehicle Affidavit along with the application for title and registration.

Medium-speed vehicles:

  • have top speeds between 30 and 35 mph;
  • are permitted on roads with speed limits of 40 mph or less, but they may cross streets exceeding this limit; and
  • require a Medium-Speed Vehicle Affidavit along with the application for title and registration.

Off-Road vehicles: 

Off-road vehicles do not need to be registered in Tennessee since they cannot be operated on roadways and highways. Owners, however, may apply for a certificate of title under certain circumstances.