How to Make Your Golf Cart Street Legal: A Checklist

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So, you’ve got a golf cart, and it’s great for a round on the links. But what if you want to take it beyond the fairways and into the streets? As urban areas become more congested, many people are looking for alternative modes of transportation. Golf carts, with their compact size and relatively low speed, can be a convenient option. However, driving a golf cart on public roads often requires meeting specific legal requirements. This blog aims to provide a comprehensive checklist to help you make your golf cart street-legal.

Research Local Laws

First and foremost, laws about golf carts on the road vary from state to state and even city to city. Therefore, you’ll need to consult your local DMV or a legal expert to understand your area’s specific requirements.

Basic Requirements

VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

If your golf cart doesn’t have a VIN, you’ll need to apply for one through your local motor vehicle department.


Most jurisdictions require golf carts to have a minimum and maximum speed to be considered street legal. Typically, your cart should be able to reach speeds of at least 20 mph but not more than 25 mph.

Signal Lights

Turn signals are generally mandatory for all street-legal vehicles.

Headlights & Taillights

Your cart will need both headlights and taillights that are operational between sunset and sunrise.


You’ll need at least one rearview mirror and often driver and passenger side mirrors.

Seat Belts

Seat belts are typically required for each seat in the cart.


Your cart must have efficient brakes, and some areas may require a parking brake.


A DOT-approved windshield made of safety glass is usually necessary.


Your golf cart will probably need DOT-approved tires that are suitable for street use.

Additional Safety Measures


A working horn audible from a distance of 200 feet is generally required.


Most states demand reflectors on both the front and rear of the vehicle.


Just like with cars, you’ll need at least basic liability insurance for your golf cart.

License Plate

In some jurisdictions, you may also be required to have a license plate for your golf cart.


After you’ve installed all the necessary equipment, your golf cart will likely need to pass an inspection to be certified as street-legal.

Registration and Title

Last but not least, you’ll need to register your golf cart and get a title, similar to what you would do for a car.


Making your golf cart street-legal is not an overnight process, but it’s manageable with a bit of time, patience, and some technical know-how. It’s crucial to abide by your local laws to avoid fines or legal complications. After meeting all the legal requirements, you’ll be ready to hit the road (legally) in your newly upgraded golf cart.

Happy cruising!

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