Tennessee State Electric Bike Laws

Tennessee State Electric Bike Laws, Definition & Legal Operation

Definition of Electric Bike:

The state of Tennessee (TN) defines electric bikes as a 'motorized bicycle.' Motorized bicycles has two or three wheels, a motor with a maximum output of 750W and an automatic transmission. The motorized bicycle must be designed to have a maximum speed of 30mph on level ground.

Licensing and Registration:

The state of Tennessee does not require license or registration. Riders must be at least 16 years of age to ride without restriction. Riders 14-16 years old may apply for a restricted license to be able to operate a motorized bicycle during daylight hours and within 7 miles from home.

Helmet Law:

Helmets are required for all riders.

Where to Ride:

Electric bicycles are permitted on all road ways and on bicycle recreational paths. Electric bikes are prohibited from riding on sidewalks.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable. EVELO strongly encourages checking with City, County, State and other local agencies for the most recent laws governing the proper, legal use of electric bicycles in your area. Source: Tennessee Department of Transportation Wondering where to go next?