Michigan Utv Street Legal Laws
Imagine driving your UTV on trails and back roads from the Upper Peninsula to Wisconsin, on a family trip from Detroit to Chicago, or at sunrise along the shores of Lake Erie without a truck or trailer holding you back. Or tow your side-by-side to the Appalachians, leave your towing gear at the hotel, and drive your UTV wherever you want with its legal street registration. The possibilities are endless. It then appears that if your UTV is street legal when registering out of state, you don`t need to wear a helmet either. On the other hand, occupants of ORVs who do not have a traffic permit must wear a helmet in the limited circumstances in which they can use public roads, and we could imagine that local law enforcement might expect the same from a street-approved UTV registered outside the state. Unfortunately, the law does not specifically address this situation, so for this reason and for safety reasons, we recommend wearing a helmet when driving a UTV on public roads. Anything commonly referred to as UTV should be road legal in Michigan using this procedure. At the end of this process, your UTV will be street legal in Michigan and beyond. He can now drive legally on any road a car can, and thanks to reciprocal registration agreements between states, he can even cross state borders. Of course. As noted by the Michigan Municipal League, golf carts are limited to maximum speeds of 15 miles per hour, and ATVs/UTVs are not allowed to exceed 25 miles per hour, though localities are allowed to set lower speed limits if necessary. In addition, golf carts are prohibited from travelling on roads with speed limits greater than 30 miles per hour. Finally, as with any motor vehicle, driving a golf cart under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in Michigan and carries heavy penalties.
Many elements of the Michigan PHEV guidelines are beyond the scope of this guide. Fortunately, the Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Handbook (PDF) is the most comprehensive and organized resource we found when researching all 50 states plus Washington, DC, and 5 U.S. territories for this guide. It covers registration, restrictions, laws, and safety practices for off-road vehicles and is a must for anyone looking to drive off-road in Michigan. It all depends on the routes you request. As we mentioned in a recent article on moped laws, many types of vehicles – golf carts, mopeds, horse-drawn carts, bicycles, etc. – are prohibited on highways. They simply cannot reach the legal minimum speed of 40 miles per hour and would be real road hazards on the highway. However, golf carts are legal on some other Michigan roads under certain circumstances.
The Michigan Municipal League has issued guidelines outlining steps small towns must take to legally allow golf carts on the roads. At the time of writing, the laws only apply to municipalities with fewer than 30,000 inhabitants. And in all cases, golf cart drivers must be licensed drivers over the age of 16, while ATV drivers must be licensed and at least 18 years old (unless certain Michigan DNR conditions are met). For more information, check out this helpful article from the Lake County Sheriff, or read the full text of the state`s official golf cart law (in all its legal language) here. Vehicles assembled in Michigan can be driven like regular cars and trucks without the usual restrictions often associated with legal ORV registrations on the road. There are no distance restrictions, hours of operation or approved route lists to follow, and helmets are not required. Michigan offers the rare opportunity to make a UTV fully legal on the street, period. Let`s look at both options and review the laws that every legal UTV driver on the street in Michigan should be aware of. Lake County Star: “Sheriff`s Corner: A Review of ORV Rules and Laws” We`re glad you`re taking to the streets no matter how you do it, but if you`re interested in registering out of state, but the DMV`s thought keeps you up at night, our team of experts can register your UTV as a roadside approval on your behalf, while closing all browser tabs you have open on mounted vehicles. To operate as an ORV in Michigan, you must obtain an off-road vehicle permit from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and affix the appropriate sticker to the back of your UTV. For state-managed trails and some ORV areas, an additional trail permit is required.
These requirements also apply to non-residents and UTVs registered as permitted on the road in other states. Since not all LSVs are created equal, let`s take golf carts as a good example. Specifically, Michigan vehicle code 257.657a requires a golf cart to have the following compliant equipment to be considered legal on the road: As with almost every question in the legal world, we must answer with our typical slogan: “It depends”. Before we get into the details of whether you can legally drive your UTV, ATV or golf cart on Michigan`s back roads, let`s first define these vehicles so we`re all on the same page. Michigan Status 234.81133 (ORV equipment, helmets, legal operation, etc.) Golf carts are becoming increasingly difficult to define clearly, as these vehicles (which were once prohibited from carrying pads and equipment on links) are more commonly used as a means of daily transportation in resort-style areas sometimes referred to as “golf cart communities.” There`s even a safety group dedicated exclusively to golf carts – the National Golf Cart Association, which also calls them LSV (Low Speed Vehicles).