Florida State Golf Cart Laws

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Florida law 316.003(68) defines a golf cart as "[a] motor vehicle designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes." You do not need a drivers license to operate a golf cart in Florida, nor does the state require you register the vehicle or obtain a license plate. Be sure to check the laws in your local area, as they may be stricter than the state laws.

Generally

  • You may use a golf cart only between the hours of sunrise and sunset, unless it is equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and a windshield. A golf cart driver must be at least age 14.

Equipment

  • According to Florida law section 316.212(6), a golf cart must have "efficient brakes, reliable steering apparatus, safe tires, a rear view mirror, and red reflectorized warning devices in both the front and rear."

Operation

  • You may drive a golf cart on a county road, city street, or state highway only if a county, municipality, or the Department of Transportation has designated it for use by golf carts.

Specific Locations

  • If the Division of Recreation and Parks authorizes it, you may use golf carts on roads in a state park only if the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less. Unless specifically prohibited, golf carts may be used in a self-contained retirement community. Residents of mobile parks and their guests may use golf carts to cross a street or highway "where a single mobile home park is located on both sides of the street or highway and is divided by that street or highway."

Government Use

  • Municipalities generally may use golf carts on any state, county, or municipal roads within the corporate city limits with a speed limit of 30 miles per hour or less. A municipal employees must operate the cart and it must be for municipal purposes. State employees, state park volunteers, and state park visitors may use golf carts on any public road within the boundaries of a state park.

Law Enforcement Use

  • Law enforcement agencies can operate golf carts on any street, road, or highway while carrying out official duties. The golf cart must be marked as a law enforcement vehicle.

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