Montana Golf Cart & Low Speed Vehicle Laws

Last updated on January 29th, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: Golf Cart Laws may vary from City to City, so please be sure to check with your local municipality in regards to the laws in your area. We are in the process of gathering laws by municipality for you, however, this is a huge undertaking and does take time. Thank you.

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

Is this state Medium Speed Vehicle friendly? Yes, they may be driven on roads with posted speed limits of 45MPH or less.

Is License and Registration a Requirement? For Golf Carts, No. For Low Speed Vehicles, Yes.

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.

 

Montana Golf Cart & Low Speed Vehicle Laws

Guidelines for Golf Carts and PTVs (Personal Transportation Vehicles)

Registration
Not required except as provided in 61-3-321.

A person may not operate a golf cart on a public street or highway open to the public unless the operation is specifically authorized by ordinance or regulation passed by the local governing body of the county, city, or town for a public street or highway under its jurisdiction.

A person operating a golf cart must have a valid driver’s license.

Required for Operating a Golf Cart: 

  • at least one and not more than two headlamps
  • at least one taillamp
  • at least one reflector
  • stop lamps
  • a horn
  • a mirror that reflects to the driver a view of the highway

Except as provided in 61-3-321, a golf cart is exempt from titling, registration, and mandatory liability insurance requirements under this title.

Guidelines for LSV (Low Speed Vehicle)

Low-Speed Vehicles are for use on roads with speed limits of 25MPH or less and must be registered with valid license plates. A driver’s license is also required.

You must have a low-speed restricted driver’s license to operate a low-speed EV.

The following is required for LSVs:

  • 4 wheels
  • Electrically powered
  • 20 mph – 40 mph
  • Headlamps
  • Turn Signals
  • Tail lamps
  • Stop lamps
  • Reflectors – one red on each side to the rear
  • Mirrors – Must have a mirror on the drivers side of the vehicle and at least one additional mirror located on either the passengers side or in the center of the vehicle (a rearview mirror) that must reflect a distance of at least 200 feet
  • Parking Brake
  • Windshield
  • VIN
  • Seat belts

Guidelines for MSV (Medium Speed Vehicle)

By Montana definition, a medium-speed electric vehicle (EV) is one that:

By Montana law, you must:

  • Operate medium-speed electric vehicles only on highways with posted speed limits up to 45 mph.
  • Treat medium-speed electric vehicles as light-duty vehicles for the purposes of titling and registration.

 

HELPFUL LINKS

iltva.org
leg.mt.gov
www.one.nhtsa.gov

INDUSTRY NEWS

GOLF DATATECH RELEASES 2020 U.S. GOLF RETAIL PERFORMANCE REPORT AND ANNUAL ROUNDS PLAYED DATA;...

Rounds Growth is Largest Full Year Increase in the History of Golf Datatech’s Data; Golf Equipment Sales Eclipsed $2.81 Billion at Green Grass Golf Shops...

INC. MAGAZINE REVEALS ANNUAL LIST OF AMERICA’S FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES—THE INC. 5000

NEW YORK, NY (August 17, 2021) — Inc. magazine today revealed that Bintelli LLC is No. 4,581on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most...

NEW COMPACT SPEAKERS ELEVATE THE SOUNDSTAGE

The new Milennia MIL-S3501 3-1/2” Full-range Speakers from Prospec Electronics are the ideal small-sized solution for powerful, immersive sound. With a mere 4” outer...

Stenten’s mourns the loss of Marilyn Stenten

North Port, FL (August 16, 2021) — It is with great sorrow that I have to tell you of the passing of my mother,...

NEWS: MID-YEAR REPORT – GOLF INDUSTRY STILL BOOMING

(July 25, 2021) — Golf enjoyed a stunning surge in popularity in the second half of 2020, as new players joined golf regulars to...

ADVANCED EV LAUNCHES FULL ELECTRIC VEHICLE LINEUP EV1 | ADVENT | ADVANCED HD

IRVING, TX (August 2, 2021) — Advanced EV, a Texas based electric vehicle manufacturer, is no longer producing just personal transportation vehicles (PTVs), but...

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.

Recent News & Helpful Articles

how Much should I pay for a golf cart

How Much is a Golf Cart? 2021 Golf Cart Prices Guide

Overall, Golf Cart prices can range anywhere between $1,000 for a Used Golf Cart and...

Cape Coral Florida is considering new city ordinances for golf cars

According to WinkNews.com, the Cape Coral City Council is considering a ban to community members...
Golf Cart Shipping

Tips and Advice for Shipping your Golf Cart

How to Get Your Golf Cart Across the Country Without Having to Leave Your House ...
Golf Cart Dealer

Golf Cart Repair Near Me | Find a Local Golf Car Dealer

As a golf cart owner, you want your golf cart in tip-top condition. To achieve...
Club Car Precedent Review

Club Car Precedent 48V Intermittent Problem

Club Car Precedent 48v Intermittent Problem Question: I have a 2012 Club Car Precedent 48v electric...