§ 55-12-101 Short title
§ 55-12-102 Chapter definitions
§ 55-12-103 Administration — Enforcement — Rules and regulations — Appeals — Judicial review
§ 55-12-104 Report of accident required — Suspension of registration or operating privileges for failure to report — Restoration — Access to information
§ 55-12-105 Security deposit following accident — Acceptable proof of financial security — Revocation of registration or operating privileges for failure to deposit security — Notice — Appeal
§ 55-12-106 Exceptions to requirement of security and revocation — Additional acceptable proof of financial security
§ 55-12-107 Minimum requirements of insurance policy or bond for security — Acceptable proof of existence of insurance or bond
§ 55-12-108 Duration of suspension or revocation for failure to report accident or deposit security — Restoration — Determination of fault inadmissible in court of law
§ 55-12-109 Report of suspension or revocation of nonresident’s operating privileges — Revocation or suspension of resident’s registration and operating privileges for accidents in other states — Restoration
§ 55-12-110 Proof of damages sustained — Determination of amount of financial security required
§ 55-12-111 Self-insurers
§ 55-12-112 Custody of security — Payment of judgments — Return of deposit
§ 55-12-113 “Conviction” defined
§ 55-12-114 Suspension of all registrations upon suspension or revocation of license — Exception upon filing proof of financial responsibility — Release — Compliance by Tennessee resident moving to or returning from another state
§ 55-12-115 Suspension of sentence for failure to comply with financial responsibility law
§ 55-12-116 Duration of suspension or revocation under § 55-12-114 — Restoration
§ 55-12-117 Duration of nonresident’s suspension or revocation for failure to file proof of financial responsibility following conviction — Restoration
§ 55-12-118 Proof of financial responsibility required on final judgment — Suspension or revocation for failure to file proof — Restoration
§ 55-12-119 Proof of financial responsibility with respect to a motor vehicle or a person not the owner of the vehicle
§ 55-12-120 Certificate of insurance as proof of financial responsibility
§ 55-12-121 Certificate of insurance by nonresident as proof of financial responsibility — Agreement to accept service of process on commissioner
§ 55-12-122 Motor vehicle liability policy — Contents
§ 55-12-123 Notice of cancellation or termination of certified policy
§ 55-12-124 Other auto liability policies not affected
§ 55-12-125 Cancellation of bond or policy — Return of deposit
§ 55-12-126 Minimum duration of proof requirement — Suspension of license or registration for premature cancellation or termination of proof — Hearing — Restoration of license or registration
§ 55-12-127 Surrender of license or registration upon revocation, suspension or cancellation — Enforcement officers — Violations — Penalties
§ 55-12-128 Matters not to be evidence in civil suits
§ 55-12-129 Fees for reinstatement of license and registration — Installment payment plans
§ 55-12-130 Approval of reregistration after revocation — Transfer of registration to avoid law prohibited — Violations — Penalties
§ 55-12-131 Driving while license cancelled, suspended, or revoked — Penalties
§ 55-12-132 Employer filing proof of financial responsibility for employee — Limited license — Fee — Examination
§ 55-12-133 Substitution of proof
§ 55-12-134 Additional proof required — Suspension or revocation of license or registration pending filing of additional proof
§ 55-12-135 False statements — Perjury — Violations of chapter — Penalties — Suspension of license
§ 55-12-136 The Tennessee automobile insurance plan
§ 55-12-137 Duty of insurance company to file written proof of insurance when required — Civil penalty for violation
§ 55-12-138 Certification of understanding of and compliance with financial responsibility law
§ 55-12-139 Compliance with financial responsibility law required — Evidence of compliance — Issuance of citations by police service technicians
§ 55-12-140 Renewal of vehicle registration

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 55 > Chapter 12

  • Bicycle: means every device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having two (2) tandem wheels, either of which is more than twenty inches (20²) in diameter. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Bond: means irrevocable bond executed by a corporate surety company licensed to do business as a corporate surety company in this state, with penalties of like amounts as those pertaining to an insurance policy or the amount of damages suffered, whichever is less, the bond to guarantee the payment of any final judgment which might thereafter be rendered against the bonded party resulting from the accident up to and including the total amount of the bond, except the bond may specify a limited payment to those persons who have at the time of its execution filed claims with the commissioner, and shall contain a clause therein that it shall remain in force for one (1) year from the date of the accident or until final determination of any court action brought as a result of the accident, whichever may be the longer period of time. See Tennessee Code 55-12-102
  • Chauffeur: means every person who is employed by another for the principal purpose of driving a motor vehicle and every person who drives a school bus transporting school children or any motor vehicle when in use for the transportation of persons or property for compensation. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Code: includes the Tennessee Code and all amendments and revisions to the code and all additions and supplements to the code. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of safety, unless otherwise indicated or unless the context otherwise requires. See Tennessee Code 55-12-102
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of revenue. See Tennessee Code 55-1-111
  • Department: means the department of revenue. See Tennessee Code 55-1-111
  • Driver: means every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Highway: means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way when any part thereto is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Judgment: means any judgment that shall have become final by expiration without appeal of the time within which an appeal might have been perfected, or by final affirmation on appeal, rendered by a court of competent jurisdiction of any state or of the United States, upon a cause of action arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of any motor vehicle, for damages, including damages for care and loss of services, because of bodily injury to or death of any person, or for damages because of injury to or destruction of property, including the loss of use thereof. See Tennessee Code 55-12-102
  • License: means any license, temporary instruction permit, or temporary license issued under the laws of this state, or any other state, pertaining to the licensing of persons to operate motor vehicles within this state. See Tennessee Code 55-12-102
  • Month: means a calendar month. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Motor vehicle: means every vehicle, including a low speed vehicle or a medium-speed vehicle that is self-propelled, excluding motorized bicycles, and every vehicle, including a low speed vehicle or a medium speed vehicle that is propelled by electric power obtained from overhead trolley wires, but not operated upon rails. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Motor vehicle: means every self-propelled vehicle that is designed for use upon the highway, including trailers and semitrailers designed for use with motor vehicles, and every vehicle that is propelled by electric power obtained from overhead wires but not operated upon rails, except traction engines, road rollers and farm tractors. See Tennessee Code 55-12-102
  • Motor vehicle liability policy: means an "owner's policy" or "operator's policy" of liability insurance, certified as provided in §. See Tennessee Code 55-12-102
  • Motorized bicycle: means a vehicle with two (2) or three (3) wheels, an automatic transmission, and a motor with a cylinder capacity not exceeding fifty cubic centimeters (50cc) which produces no more than two (2) brake horsepower and is capable of propelling the vehicle at a maximum design speed of no more than thirty miles per hour (30 mph) on level ground. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Nonresident: means every person who is not a resident of this state. See Tennessee Code 55-12-102
  • Nonresident operating privileges: means the privilege conferred upon a nonresident by the laws of this state pertaining to the operation of a motor vehicle, or the use of a motor vehicle owned by the nonresident, in this state. See Tennessee Code 55-12-102
  • Oath: includes affirmation. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Operator: means every person, other than a chauffeur, who drives or is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle upon a highway or who is exercising control over or steering a vehicle being towed by a motor vehicle. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Operator: means every person who is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle whether or not licensed as an operator or chauffeur under the laws of this state. See Tennessee Code 55-12-102
  • Owner: means a person who holds the legal title of a vehicle, or in the event a vehicle is the subject of an agreement for the conditional sale or lease thereof, with the right of purchase upon performance of the conditions stated in the agreement and with an immediate right of possession vested in the conditional vendee or lessee, or in the event a mortgagor of a vehicle is entitled to possession, then the conditional vendee or lessee or mortgagor shall be deemed the owner for the purpose of this chapter and chapter 10, parts 1-5 of this title. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Owner: means a person who holds the legal title of a motor vehicle, or in the event a motor vehicle is the subject of an agreement for the conditional sale or lease thereof with the right of purchase upon performance of the conditions stated in the agreement and with an immediate right of possession vested in the conditional vendee or lessee, or in the event a mortgagor of a vehicle is entitled to possession, then the conditional vendee, lessee or mortgagor shall be deemed the owner for the purpose of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 55-12-102
  • Person: means every natural person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action, and evidences of debt. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • proof of financial security: means :

    (A) (i) If required after December 31, 1983, but prior to January 1, 1987, such proof means:

    (a) A written proof of liability insurance coverage provided by a single-limit policy within a limit of not less than forty thousand dollars ($40,000) applicable to one (1) accident. See Tennessee Code 55-12-102

  • Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Registration: means a registration certificate or certificates and registration plates issued under the laws of this state pertaining to the registration of motor vehicles. See Tennessee Code 55-12-102
  • Road: includes public bridges and may be held equivalent to the words "county way" "county road" or "state road". See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • signed: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed, or any other symbol or methodology executed or adopted by a party with intention to authenticate a writing or record, regardless of being witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • State: means any state, territory or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, or any province of the Dominion of Canada. See Tennessee Code 55-12-102
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Traffic: means pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, streetcars and other conveyances either singly or together while using any highway for purposes of travel. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Vehicle: means every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105