Golf Cart Registration

Golf Cart Registration

In Arizona, golf carts are eligible to be registered for highway use. A golf cart is defined by Arizona MVD as:

  • Primarily designed to carry four or fewer persons.
  • Designed to be, and is operated at, speeds of 25 MPH or less.
  • Has at least four wheels in contact with the ground, or,
  • Has an unladen weight of 1800 lbs. or less

A golf cart is exempt from registration when it is used in the operation of a golf course, or incidentally operated or moved on a highway. Typically, a golf cart is only issued a title unless it has been modified (and registered) for highway use.

Golf carts which are modified for highway use, meaning they meet the requirements below, are eligible to be titled and registered. For an initial title transaction, Highway Use Certificate (form # 96-0371) must be completed. Arizona MVD requires the following to qualify:Arizona Golf Cart Title & Registration

  • Must exceed 5 horse power, or
  • Be designed to operate at more than 25 MPH.
  • Must have a piston displacement of more than 50 cubic cm.

Must have the following safety equipment:

  • Head lights.
  • Tail lights.
  • License plate light.
  • Rearview mirror.
  • Reflectors.
  • Horn.
  • Brakes.
  • Stop lights.
  • Windshield (if manufactured or modified for highway use after 6/17/1998)

Additional Requirements:

  • May display a personlized, disability, or personalized disability motorcycle plate.
  • Golf carts are exempt from emissions testing, AQF, and ACQF fees.
  • Must comply with Arizona’s financial responsiblity requirements (Insurance)
  • Must pay applicable title/registration transaction fees.

Golf Carts & OHV Decals

Arizona Off-Road Golf Cart Title & Registration

Golf carts that are not designed to be used off-road are not eligible for an OHV decal. Arizona MVD distinguishes between the two, using the following criteria… Golf carts that are not manufactured or modified primariy for travel over unimproved terrain are not eligible for an OHV decal. Golf carts that have been designed by the manufacturter for travel over unimproved terrain and golf carts that have been modified primarily for travel over unimproved terrain may qualify for an OHV decal.

  • Requires documentation from the manufacturer or modification facility clearly showing the vehicle is designed primarily for travel over unimproved terrain, or has been modified for travel primarily over unimproved terrain.
  • The documentation must include the vehicle’s make, and model year.

If a golf cart is modified primarily for travel over unimproved terrain by the customer, receipts must be submitted for the items purchased that would clearly show the golf cart was modified for use on unimproved terrain. These items may include, but are not limited to:

  • Tires.
  • Axles.
  • Engine.
  • Lift kit.

For more information, or if you have specific questions about titling or registering your golf cart, please contact us. We’ll be more than happy to assist you.