Golf Cart Registration

Dear Resident:

This package provides the information you will need to register your golf cart for use on selected City streets.  The registration package consists of a registration and inspection form and information on the rules and regulations governing golf cart use on public roads.  In order to register your golf cart you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the golf cart registration and sign where indicated.
  2. Note that proof of insurance is required and you will need to contact your insurance agent to obtain coverage.
  3. Have a Police Department Community Service Officer inspect your golf cart and complete the form.  Call 322-3030 to make an appointment for an inspection.
  4. The City requires that you read and understand the Golf Cart Rules and Regulations.  The information is available at the Police Department and City Hall or may be viewed on line at the City’s web site at
  5. A $30 annual registration fee (or prorated at $2.50 per month) is required.  Once paid, you will be issued a decal to place on your windshield to indicate your cart has been approved for use on local streets.
  6. The registration is valid for one calendar year with an annual renewal beginning and due in January of each year.  If you move, you will need to notify the Police Department of your address change.


Please remember that using golf carts on City streets is a privilege, not a right. The City reserves the right to revoke any and all golf cart registrations as deemed necessary. The City Council also reserves the right to cancel this program at any time.


The City of South Daytona has approved a program allowing the use of golf carts on selected City streets (please see listing below of prohibited streets). We ask for your assistance in making this program a continued success. Please obey all traffic laws. Please do not allow unauthorized individuals to operate your golf cart. Please respect other motorists by traveling as far to the right on the roadway as is safely possible and protect pedestrians by not driving on sidewalks. Driving on the sidewalk on Big Tree Road is permitted; however, pedestrians have the right of way. REMEMBER – golf carts must yield to pedestrians. When driving on sidewalks, golf carts must not exceed the speed of 15 MPH.

Registration and Inspection: A golf cart is defined under Florida Law as “A motor vehicle designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes.” To use a golf cart on City streets, the golf cart must be registered with the City and have some specific equipment. There will be a $30.00 annual registration fee and you will be required to have your golf cart inspected annually by the City. Only properly equipped golf carts will be registered and permitted to be driven on City streets.

Equipment Requirements: A golf cart must be equipped with efficient brakes, brake lights, reliable steering, safe tires, rearview mirror, two headlights, red reflectorized warning devices in both the front and rear, front and rear turn signals, and a windshield.

Basic Rules for Operation: Golf carts and operators are required to obey the following rules. Failure to comply with City or State law may result in the issuance of a city citation and/or the revocation of the golf cart registration and permission to drive on City streets:

  • Golf cart operators must have a valid driver’s license, or be at least 14 years of age and be accompanied by a licensed driver in the front seat.
  • Golf carts must have a valid City of South Daytona registration decal displayed in plain view.
  • Golf carts must be covered with liability and property damage insurance as minimum coverage.
  • Golf carts may be used on public areas, parks and streets within the city limits, except where prohibited.
  • Golf carts must be operated as close to the right hand shoulder of the road as is safely possible.
  • The driver and passengers must be properly seated at all times when the golf cart is in motion.. Do not exceed the number of passengers for which the golf cart is designed. Please understand and follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions.
  • Golf cart operators are required to follow all standard motor vehicle laws and city ordinances.
  • When not in use golf carts must be properly parked in driveways, garages and designated parking spaces.
  • A golf cart may be operated between sunrise and 12:00 midnight.

Golf cart crossings are allowed at official traffic controlled intersections. The FEC railroad may be crossed at Big Tree Road and at Ridge Boulevard. Golf carts may be operated within Big Tree Shopping Center and Sunshine Park. Golf carts may not be operated on the following streets:

Prohibited Roads:

Beville Road
Reed Canal Road
Nova Road
Big Tree Road
Ridgewood Avenue (U. S. 1)

Penalties: City law enforcement officers and community service officers shall have the authority to issue citations for violations of this chapter on approved citation forms. The citation shall describe the nature of the golf cart violation, the location of the incident(s), indicate the amount of the fine, that the violator has the option to contest the violation with the city’s special master and give notice to the violator that the fine must be paid within ten (10) days. The fine amount shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00) if paid within ten (10) days. If not paid within ten (10) days of issuance, a late fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) will be added. If the violator refuses to execute the citation, fails to pay the fine within twenty (20) days of issuance or if requested by the violator, the case will be referred to the special master.

Further, any permit issued is subject to administrative revocation by the city for noncompliance with any local, state, or federal law or regulation germane to the operation of golf carts. The chief of police or designee shall issue a letter of revocation to the permittee and the golf cart permit shall be returned to the issuing authority of the city.