If you're a golfer, chances are you've wondered at one point or another whether golf carts have titles. After all, you see them driving around all over the place, but you never see anyone stopped by the police for driving on public roads. So what's the deal? Do golf carts have titles or not?
Titles or Not...
Most golf carts don't have titles because they are not allowed to be driven on public roads. Golf carts can only be driven on golf courses or allowable roads in the golf course community and within 1 mile of the course. Your allowed two people in the golf cart (driver included) with your golf gear. Your maximum speed should be 15 mph.
However, golf carts do have serial numbers. When you purchase a golf cart you receive a receipt or bill of sale documenting the purchase price and your proof of ownership.
If you convert your golf cart into a low-speed vehicle, then you will need a proper title. An LSV, or low-speed vehicle, is a motor vehicle that has been adapted for more restricted use on public roads.
LSVs are street-legal vehicles with a maximum speed of 20-25 mph, so you'll only be able to take them onto roadways with equivalent maximum limits.
How do you Convert your Golf Cart into an LSV?
So you want to convert your golf cart into an LSV? Let's take a look at what you need to know in order to make the switch. We'll cover what an LSV is, and what requirements you'll need to meet. Let's get started!
LSVs or NEVs
Los speed vehicles are also called Neighborhood Electic Vehicles. LSVs or NEVs are 4-wheeled vehicles that have a top speed of 20 to 25 mph and weigh no more than 3,000 pounds.
To convert your golf cart into an LSV, you'll need to add certain safety features, such as:
- Seat belts (2-4) for all passengers
- Turn signals (blinking)
- Brake lights
- Headlights and tail lights
- Golf Cart Mirrors - Rearview mirrors, side mirrors (driver and passenger)
- Vehicle horn
- Windshield and or windshield wipers (state specific)
Although states allow LSVs, there are around 15 states that have specific regulations. So it is important to consult with your state's local DMV for specific requirements.
Most states allow you to take your LSV on roads with speeds of 35 mph or less. Federal restrictions limit dealers from selling golf carts that exceed the 25 mph speed limit.
But what about those supercharged golf carts you've seen flying around the golf community? They have to be going faster than 25 mph. You can certainly modify your golf cart and bump those speeds up to 35 mph but you will have to abide by additional safety requirements.
Once your golf cart has been converted into an LSV, you can apply for a title. You'll be able to take it out on the open road...just make sure to stay under 25 mph! And don't forget, now that you're on the open road you'll need your driver's license, registration, and insurance. Again you'll need to consult with your local DMV.
So there you have it! Now you know everything there is to know about golf cart titles (or lack thereof). So next time you're out on the course and see someone driving a golf cart down the street, you can rest assured knowing that they're not breaking any laws...unless they're going over 25 mph, of course.
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