Florida Golf Cart Laws

By Paul S •  Updated: 04/13/23  •  Golf Cart to LSV Guides

When most people are looking for golf carts laws, they are basically trying to figure out whether they can drive their cart on the street to the grocery store or to their friend’s place in the next neighborhood. There is confusing language around golf cart laws in Florida, so let’s make the rules crystal clear. 

A “Golf Cart” without a license plate is a “Golf Cart”

If you’ve seen a plated golf carts on the road, unless you live in an area where this is specifically stated as legal, then what you’re seeing is not actually a golf cart, but an LSV. To operate a golf cart on public roads in Florida, the cart must be converted into an LSV or “Low Speed Vehicle”. In order to be designed as an LSV, the golf cart must also be equipped with certain safety features, including headlights, taillights, turn signals, and a DOT windshield.

LSVs also must be registered and insured just like a regular automobile. The person operating must also have a valid drivers license, just like in a car.

Golf carts cannot be driven on any road, unless specified as OK for golf carts.

Golf carts can be operated on certain public roads with a posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour or less. These roads must be specifically designated as OK for golf carts, typically indicated with a sign. 

You cannot drive a golf cart on most roads in Florida. Certain municipalities have laws that allow golf carts to be driven on the roads, but in general they cannot be driven on MOST roads. Unless they are officially converted into a “low speed vehicle” or “LSV”.

Golf carts can only be operated during the hours of daylight, unless they are equipped with proper lighting. They can also only be operated on designated golf cart paths or on the right-hand side of the road. Golf carts are not allowed to be operated on sidewalks.

It is important to note that local municipalities and counties may have their own specific laws and regulations regarding golf cart usage. It is recommended that you check with your local government to ensure that you are following all applicable laws and regulations.

Paul is the founder of Streetwise Carts and purchased his first golf cart in 2020. He has continued to learn and grow his knowledge of street legal carts, ultimately deciding to share his knowledge through this website. He launched Streetwise Carts in 2022 to make golf cart to LSV conversion information more accessible to everyone.