The legal age for purchasing and/or consuming alcohol beverages is 21. Even grandmas will likely be asked to show their IDs. Also, good to know:
- Sunday sales of beer and wine on Sunday from a grocery, drugstore, convenience market or other retail store is limited to 10am-11pm. It can be bought 6am-midnight any other day. No retail sales on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Liquor for retail purchase is only available at liquor stores. (No groceries, convenience stores, etc.)
- Retail sale of alcoholic drinks is allowed 8am-3am Monday-Saturday; on Sunday, the start time is 10am. That includes bars.
- The driver of a vehicle is not permitted to have an open container of an alcohol beverage. Passengers may partake.
Get a driver’s license.
The simple answer is 16 years old for most people. If you’re relocating from another city, you have 30 days to get a Tennessee Driver’s License.
- Learner’s Permit: Age 15. Must be accompanied by an adult 21 years old or older.
- Intermediate Restricted License: Age 16, following use of a Learner’s Permit for 180 days. Can operate a vehicle alone from 6 am- 11 pm. For motorcycle licenses, the age is also 16.
- Intermediate Unrestricted License: Age 17.
- Full License: Issued at age 18, upon completion of high school or a GED program–whichever comes first.
- Family Hardship License: Under certain circumstances, licenses can be issued at age 14.
- Those who can demonstrate a family hardship can apply for a license at age 14.
- Likewise, it is possible to get a motorcycle license at 15.
- Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using a cellphone while driving.
Check out my quick overview covering what it takes to get a driver’s license, license plate and vehicle tags.
Rent a car.
For most rental companies, 21 is the minimum age (although some say 25). Several companies will rent to 18-20 year-olds for an added fee. Military personnel 18-20 year-old may be exempt from the surcharge.
Operate a boat.
Hey, we love our lakes so this isn’t such a weird category. The answer is 12 years old if someone 18 or older is on board and ready to take control if needed.
Get a hunting or fishing license.
Junior hunters age 10 and up need a license but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older. For fishing, the magic number is 13. Get more details from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Stay out late.
The current curfew for teenagers under the age of 18 is 11pm EXCEPT it extends to midnight June 1- August 31 and on Fridays and Saturdays. (NOTE: Legislation is being considered to create a year-round curfew of 11 pm.)