Golf carts aren’t just for the golf course anymore. Many Clinton, Tennessee residents enjoy using golf carts to drive short distances in their local communities, but is it legal to drive them on the roads? Find out below.
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Can I drive a golf cart on the road in Tennessee?
Technically, driving traditional golf carts on the roads in Tennessee is illegal. However, depending on your city, there are some things that you can do to modify your golf cart to make it street legal. You’ll have to visit your local county clerk’s office for the specific requirements in your city, but, in general, all golf carts will need to add additional safety equipment like headlights, taillights, and a horn among other things.
Once you have modified your golf cart so that it complies with the local low or medium speed vehicle requirements, you will need to obtain and fill out a low-speed vehicle affidavit form, get a title, and register your golf cart.
How old do you need to be to drive a golf cart?
Once your golf cart is registered as a low or medium speed vehicle and is street legal, drivers will need to be 16 years or older and have a valid Class D driver’s license in their possession to drive it. Additional rules apply to low or medium speed vehicles including which roads they can be driven on. Check with your local law enforcement officials before driving so you have a good understanding of what is and is not allowed.
*Note – the information in this blog post is for research purposes only. Laws may change at any time and some cities laws may differ from the information listed above. Please contact your local officials about the specific laws in your town before modifying a golf cart or driving it on city streets.