Tennessee ATV Registration & OHV Permits

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If you plan to enjoy Tennessee’s off-road riding areas and trails, you’ll want to know the OHV permit requirements and ATV/UTV laws you’ll need to follow. 

This page will provide you with the details on OHV stickers and ATV registration for Tennessee residents and out-of-state visitors. 

For more information and other details regarding ATVs, UTVs, and other off-road vehicles and recreation areas, please visit: https://www.tn.gov/revenue/title-and-registration/vehicle-registration/off-highway-vehicles.html 

Tennessee ATV Registration Requirements & ORV Stickers

Tennessee requires ATVs to be titled. 

To title your ATV, you’ll need to submit the following to you local County Clerk’s office:

  • Proof of ownership of the ATV (MCO or previous title). 
  • Payment for your title fees. 

Once your application has been processed, you’ll receive a Tennessee Department of Revenue (TDR) sticker that you’ll need to place in a clearly visible location on the ATV.

TDR title stickers are required to ride on federal and state-owned public lands. 

These ATV stickers do not need to be renewed and are non-transferable. When an ATV is sold, the new owner will need to apply for a new TDR sticker.  

ATV & Off-Road Vehicle Laws in Tennessee

Be sure to check the rules, regulations and fees for the Tennessee off-road trails you plan on riding. Local laws and regulations may vary. 

All riders are required to wear a DOT-approved helmet. 

Regardless of whether a particular state or trail requires it, ATV/UTV and dirt bike riders and passengers should always wear the proper safety equipment and helmets while riding. 

Never operate an off-road vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

Failing to obey the off-road vehicle laws of Tennessee and the local jurisdiction may result in tickets, fines, and penalties. 

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