Arkansas Golf Cart & Low Speed Vehicle Laws

Last updated on September 17th, 2017

This is an in-depth guide to Arkansas Golf Cart & Low-Speed Vehicle Laws. We’ve created this guide to help you, the consumer, in determining Arkansas’s laws.

Is this state Medium Speed Vehicle friendly? No State Law is Currently in Place.

Is License and Registration a Requirement? For LSVs, yes. For Golf Carts, no.

General Federal Law for Golf Carts:

Under current NHTSA interpretations and regulations, so long as golf cars and other similar vehicles are incapable of exceeding 20 miles per hour, they are subject to only state and local requirements regarding safety equipment. However, if these vehicles are originally manufactured so that they can go faster than 20 miles per hour, they are treated as motor vehicles under Federal law.

The standard requires low-speed vehicles to be equipped with headlamps, stop lamps, turn signal lamps, taillamps, reflex reflectors, parking brakes, rearview mirrors, windshields, seat belts, and vehicle identification numbers.

Find out more information on federal laws pertaining to golf carts and low speed vehicles here.

 

Arkansas Golf Cart & Low Speed Vehicle Laws

Guidelines for Golf Carts and PTVs (Personal Transportation Vehicles)

The state of Arkansas has given local jurisdiction the authority to allow or not allow the use of golf carts on local public roads as long as they are not also designated as federal or state highways or county roads.

No motor vehicle registration or license necessary to operate the golf cart on the public street if your local jurisdiction allows the use of golf carts on public roadways.

 

Guidelines for LSV (Low Speed Vehicle)

  • Has four wheels.
  • Within one mile can reach a speed of more than 20 miles per hour (mph) but not more than 25 mph on a paved level surface.
  • Has a 17-digit conforming vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Must be certified to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to be registered and operated on public streets, roads, or highways.
  • allowed operation on roads in which a low speed vehicle would not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic

LSVs may look like a golf-cart to the casual observer, but is actually a motor vehicle requiring a valid driver license, registration, and insurance.

 

HELPFUL LINKS

www.arkleg.state.ar.us – Golf Carts
www.arkleg.state.ar.us – More on Golf Carts
www.iihs.org – Low Speed Vehicles

Disclaimer
Although each of these state guides gives a thorough approach to the golf cart laws in your state, it is recommended that you perform the research on your own and reach out to your local municipality.

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