LSV Key Information
What is an LSV?
Short Answer: An LSV is a Low-Speed Vehicle. In other words, it is a street legal cart, utility, or transportation vehicle.
Long Answer: Any cart that is classified as an LSV—sometimes referred to as an NEV—is street legal. It can be driven on any road with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less and can go no faster than 25 mph. They must be capable of reaching a speed of 20 mph within 1 mile, have a 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), weigh less than 3,000 pounds, and have 4 wheels. These vehicles must be certified to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and require a valid license, registration, and insurance. They are equipped with a wide range of safety features including: seatbelts, an AS-1 or AS-5 glazed safety glass, a front windshield wiper, a horn, headlights, taillights, front and rear turn signals, brake lights, side and rear reflectors, a side and rear-view mirror, a parking brake, 4 wheel brakes and road rated tires.
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Can any cart be made into an LSV?
Short Answer: No.
Long Answer: Normal carts are simply not built to be driven on public roads. Even if you modify one to go a decent speed, it will not have the safety features or stopping distance to be anywhere near safe. You can NOT register a golf cart with the DMV, and anyone that tries to tell you otherwise is wrong. There is no way to make a golf cart street legal because there is no way to make driving a golf cart on the street safe.