Operating Vehicles on Public Streets

The NC General Statue G.S. 20-50(a) requires that a vehicle intended to be operated upon any a public street or highway of this State must be registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles.  In addition, G.S. 20-154(8) provides that DMV shall refuse registration or issuance of a certificate of title for a golf cart.

G.S. 20-7(a) requires that every person driving a motor vehicle on a highway must be licensed by the DMV. Under G.S. 20-313, the owner of a motor vehicle who operates or permits the operation of the vehicle without the required financial responsibility in effect is guilty of a misdemeanor. Finally, G.S.20-183.2(a) states that a motor vehicle that is required to be registered is subject to a safety inspection. Failure to display a current inspection sticker is an infraction under G.S. 20-183.8.

In situations in which a golf cart is being operated on a public street or highway (except when it is merely crossing the street or highway), the golf cart must be registered, insured, and inspected, and the operator must possess a valid driver’s license.

In addition to the above regulations, a golf cart that is being operated on a public street or highway must meet certain equipment requirements that are set forth in various statutes, including but not limited to, brakes, brake lights, directional signals, headlights, horn, mirrors, seat belts, speedometer, tag lights, tail lights, and windshield wipers.