DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES
To: Tax Collectors and License Plate Agents
From: Carl A. Ford, Director
Advisory Number: T05-14
This advisory is to address
Section 320.105, Florida Statutes, provides that golf carts and utility vehicles, as defined in s. 320.01, when operated in accordance with s. 316.212 or s. 316.2126, are exempt from registration or display of a license plate.
(1) Golf carts and utility vehicles must comply with the operational and safety requirements in ss. 316.212 and 316.2125, and any other restrictive ordinances enacted by the local governmental entity pursuant to s. 316.212(7), and shall only be operated by municipal employees for municipal purposes, including, but not limited to, police patrol, traffic enforcement, and inspection of public facilities.
(2) In addition to the safety equipment required in s. 316.212(5) and any other restrictive safety equipment required by the local governmental entity pursuant to s. 316.212(7), such golf carts and utility vehicles must be equipped with sufficient lighting and turn signal equipment.
(3) Golf carts and utility vehicles may only be operated on state roads that have posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour or less.
(4) A municipal employee operating a golf cart or utility vehicle pursuant to this section must possess a valid driver's license as required by s. 322.03.
Section 320.01(22), Florida Statutes, defines "Golf cart" as a motor vehicle that is designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and that is not capable of exceeding speeds of 20 miles per hour.
Golf carts are not allowed to be titled or registered.
(1) A low-speed vehicle may be operated only on streets where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less. This does not prohibit a low-speed vehicle from crossing a road or street at an intersection where the road or street has a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour.
(2) A low-speed vehicle must be equipped with headlamps, stop lamps, turn signal lamps, taillamps, reflex reflectors, parking brakes, rearview mirrors, windshields, seat belts, and vehicle identification numbers.
(3) A low-speed vehicle must be registered and insured in accordance with s. 320.02.
(4) Any person operating a low-speed vehicle must have in his or her possession a valid driver's license.
(5) A county or municipality may prohibit the operation of low-speed vehicles on any road under its jurisdiction if the governing body of the county or municipality determines that such prohibition is necessary in the interest of safety.
(6) The Department of Transportation may prohibit the operation of low-speed vehicles on any road under its jurisdiction if it determines that such prohibition is necessary in the interest of safety.
Section 320.01 (42), Florida Statutes, defines "Low-speed vehicle" as any four-wheeled electric vehicle whose top speed is greater than 20 miles per hour but not greater than 25 miles per hour, including neighborhood electric vehicles. Low-speed vehicles must comply with the safety standards in 49 C.F.R. s. 571.500 and s. 316.2122. Any retailer who sells low-speed vehicles must have a dealer's license.
currently has only two options for the body type of an LSV (2P or 4P). However, we have received telephone calls from
several counties stating they are receiving
DMV Procedure TL-63, Low-speed vehicles, has been created to address requirements and information concerning low-speed vehicles. The procedure is located at:
NHTSA allows for a golf cart to be converted to a low-speed vehicle. Once the vehicle has been converted, the customer must submit the following to a DMV Regional Office:
Proof of ownership for the golf cart (
A statement of builder (form HSMV 84490)
The original bills of sale for all parts (used to convert the golf cart)
An application for title (form HSMV 82040)
compliance examiner will review the paperwork and inspect the vehicle. If the vehicle passes inspection and the documentation
is in order, an
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact your Tax Collector Help Desk.