Missouri Golf Cart & Low Speed Vehicle Laws

Last updated on September 6th, 2017

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

For more information on the federal laws pertaining to golf carts, please click here.

 

Missouri Golf Cart & Low Speed Vehicle Laws

Guidelines for Golf Carts and PTVs (Personal Transportation Vehicles)

According to Section 304.034, Municipalities may regulate golf cart usage on streets and highways. Essentially, local jurisdictions can allow the use of golf carts on local roads, but they may NOT be operated on state or federal highways unless strictly only crossing them. No golf cart shall cross any highway at an intersection where the highway being crossed has a posted speed limit of more than 45 mph.

If your local jurisdiction allows operation of golf carts on public roadways, the golf cart must be equipped with an adequate braking system and shall meet any other safety requirements imposed by the governing body.

Golf Carts ARE NOT subject to registration and cannot reach speeds of OVER 20 MPH.

 

Guidelines for LSV (Low Speed Vehicle)

  • Reaches speeds of 20 MPH to 25 MPH.
  • Has a vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Headlamps
  • Front and rear turn signals
  • Taillamps
  • Stop lamps
  • Reflex reflectors, red – one on each side and one on the rear
  • Exterior mirror on the driver side and an interior mirror or exterior mirror on passenger side
  • Parking brake
  • Windshield
  • Seatbelt for each designated seat
  • Not be operated on any roadway with a speed limit above 35 mph.

Any person operating a low-speed vehicle (LSV) must have in their possession a valid driver license. An LSV must also be registered and insured with Personal Injury Protection and Property Damage Liability.

State Inspection is NOT required for Low Speed vehicles.

 

HELPFUL LINKS

www.moga.mo.gov – Golf Carts
www.moga.mo.gov – Low Speed Vehicles
www.one.nhtsa.gov

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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