Vehicle Code in Tennessee

Tennesse Motor Vehicle Code

For detailed information about the laws governing vehicles, driver's licensing, vehicle registration, and road use, the Tennessee vehicle code can be a useful resource. Whenever you have questions about a traffic ticket you've received or details about special exemptions to licensing and registration procedures, the Tennessee vehicle code can likely provide you with the answers.

The Tennessee motor vehicle code is the exact language of the law and can provide you with details pertaining to your situation. However, it may still be wise to contact the Tennessee Department of Safety (DOS) with any specific questions about your driver's license. If you need legal advice or assistance, you should consider contacting an attorney.

On this page you'll find information about accessing the Tennessee vehicle code, what you can expect to find and some links to other related topics.

Access the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Code

You can access all Tennessee codes using the Tennessee Courts website, including vehicle codes.

Being familiar with, or at least being able to research motor vehicle codes can come in handy should you need to find out about laws relating to the roadways or driving.

LexisNexis may seem a bit tricky to use at first, but they provide complete instructions on how to view all codes as well as search for a particular code.

Unfortunately, due to the way LexisNexis works, we can't provide you with direct links to specific codes; however, we can provide you with the codes to which you should refer.

Title 54: Highways, Bridges, and Ferries

Tennessee Title 54 covers subjects including, but not limited to:

  • Department of Transportation administration, processes and procedures.
  • State highways and public road.
  • Public fords, ferries, and bridge crossings.
  • Private roads.
  • The Tennessee Tollway Authority and toll roads.
  • Scenic roadways and routes.
  • Junkyards and automobile graveyards.
  • Rights-of-way.

Title 55: Motor and Other Vehicles

Tennessee Title 55 covers subjects including, but not limited to:

  • Motor vehicle title and registration laws and procedures.
  • Operation of vehicles: Rules of the road and sharing the road.
  • Financial responsibility of owners and operators.
  • Automobile clubs and associations.
  • Highway safety.
  • Disabled drivers and passengers.
  • Motor vehicle warranties and lemon laws.
  • Uniform Motor Vehicle Records Disclosure Act.

Check Your TN Driver's License Status

Whenever you need or want to check the status of your Tennessee driver's license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver's license is currently valid. Should your TN driver's license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what's on record with the TN Department of Safety (DOS). This report will also show points against your driver's license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.

Remember, too many driving record points can cause the Tennessee Department of Safety to take action against your driving privilege. Along with a driver's license suspension or revocation, you may face reinstatement requirements, driver improvement course requirements, fines, fees, and driving restrictions.

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