Golf Cart Rules & Inspections
The Town of Trophy Club understands that the use of alternatives to traditional motor vehicles has been a long-standing practice by the community. Effective August 2016, golf carts are not required to register with the Town of Trophy Club for “in town” operation. The Town of Trophy Club does follow the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Golf Cart Regulations.
If a resident would like to drive their TxDMV approved off-highway vehicle into Roanoke, an inspection and sticker will be required for your golf cart. To acquire a sticker, please schedule an appointment with our Trophy Club Police Department at 682-237-2960.
Low-Speed Vehicles (LSVs), also known as Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs), and golf carts are regulated by state and federal laws. Registered, titled and insured NEVs may be legally driven at a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour (mph) on public roads with a posted speed limit of 45 mph or less unless a city or county ordinance prohibits their operation. The TxDMV does not title or register golf carts. Golf cart owners who received a title before the law changed on September 1, 2009, are not required to return their titles to the TxDMV. For Driver License requirements to operate any of these vehicles, contact your local law enforcement agency.
A vehicle is classified as a golf cart if it:
- Has no less than three wheels
- Has a maximum speed of between 15 to 25 miles per hour (mph)
- Is manufactured primarily for operation on golf courses
Registration & Titles
TxDMV does not register or title golf carts.
Registration is not needed to operate your golf cart on a public road. State law allows for the use of golf carts with a slow-moving vehicle emblem in the following situations:
- In master planned communities with a uniform set of restrictive covenants in place
- On public or private beaches
- During the daytime and no more than two miles from where the owner usually parks the golf cart and for transportation to or from a golf course
- To cross intersections, including a road or street that has a posted speed limit of no more than 35 mph
A city can pass a local ordinance allowing for the use of golf carts on certain roads. The road must be within the boundaries of the city and have a speed limit of 35 mph or lower.
In these cases, per the Town ordinance, the golf cart must be insured and have the following minimum equipment:
- An exterior mirror mounted on the driver’s side of the vehicle and either an exterior mirror mounted on the passenger’s side of the vehicle or an interior mirror (capable of a clear and unobstructed view of at least 200 feet to the rear)
- Horn (audible for a distance of 200 feet in compliance with the Texas Transportation Code, section 547501, as amended)
- Operational headlamps
- Operational parking brake
- Operational tail lamps
- Side reflectors
2 front: amber in color
2 rear: red in color
- Stop lamps
Prohibit Golf Carts
The state, a county, or a city may prohibit golf cart operation on all or part of a public road in the interest of safety.