Can I drive a golf cart on the road?

Low Speed Vehicles ex. Golf Cart

Can I drive a golf cart on the road?


However, there are Federal / State regulations to operate a golf cart (LSV).  Here are some bullet points to at least address the basic questions we have been receiving:

Important note: Municipalities can impose a LSV ban on ALL roadways within their jurisdiction.

  • You may not drive LSVs on roadways with speed limits that exceed 25 mph. Roadway does include the shoulder.
  • A LSV is a four-wheeled vehicle with an attainable speed of more than 20 miles per hour, but no more than 25 miles per hour on a paved surface. It cannot be powered by gas or diesel fuel and must comply with federal safety standards as noted in 49 CFR 571.500.
  • Child restraints in LSVs must meet the same standards as those used in passenger vehicles.
  • You must have a valid driver’s license to operate a LSV.
  • A LSV may be registered in the name of an individual, business or government entity, but may not be used as a commercial vehicle.
  • You are subject to the same violations as other vehicles.
  • All LSVs shall have a safety information decal provided by the manufacturer on the rear of the vehicle.
  • If you have only one license plate, you must put it on the rear of the vehicle.
  • LSVs must meet Federal and State requirements. (Make sure you read these, also contains the FULL TEXT from the NJ MVC on the use of Low Speed Vehicles.)


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