February 11, 2023
If you live in Sarasota, FL and want to go golfing, it’s tough to even think about putting on your shoes if you don’t have a way to get there. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get around town that aren’t just walking or biking—like renting a car or using public transportation. But what if we told you there was another option?
That’s right: street legal golf carts! Because the state of Florida has strict laws governing which vehicles can be driven on public roads, it can be tricky to find out whether or not yours qualifies as street legal. Let us help guide you through this process with our guide below that outlines all the information needed for determining whether or not your golf cart qualifies for LSV (Low Speed Vehicle) licensing in just simple steps!
To be street legal, a golf cart must meet the requirements of a low speed vehicle (LSV).
An LSV is allowed on public roads and in some areas that prohibit golf carts. The LSVs are required to have headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights just like cars or trucks. If you want to use your golf cart as an LSV then it needs to pass inspection by an authorized inspection station before you can drive it legally on public roads.
LSV: Low-Speed Vehicle. These are golf carts that have been modified to go faster than 20 mph, but less than 25 mph. You can use an LSV for recreation or transportation on public streets and highways, but you must follow state safety requirements for operation and use.
Golf Cart: A golf cart is defined as any motor vehicle designed for use on a golf course and not capable of exceeding 20 miles per hour (mph) on level ground or 15 mph in turns. This includes off-road vehicles that are used in tournaments sanctioned by the United States Golf Association (USGA), if they meet all federal safety standards applicable to their use on public roads; however, they still must be operated with headlights on during hours of darkness or inclement weather conditions.
Street legal golf carts in Sarasota, FL can be purchased from many dealerships across the state. The best way to find one for sale is by doing some research online or even just asking around at your local golf course. However, once you’ve decided on which model of cart you want and made arrangements for delivery, it’s time to get it registered with the DMV so that you can drive it legally on public roads!
When you purchase one of our carts we can help you through the whole process of having your cart road ready including all documentation necessary to get you on the road in no time! Give us a call or send us a message and we will be happy to explain the whole process to you.
Hopefully, this article has helped you understand the difference between an LSV and a golf cart. The LSV is one of two types of street legal golf carts that can be driven on public roads. It has its own license plate, registration and insurance requirements as well as safety features like headlights and turn signals which are not found on regular golf carts.
We are golf cart experts and always ready to help. Please reach out to us for a free consultation on golf carts options available to you and your family.