Golf Cart Use on Public City Streets
City of Ocean Springs Ordinance Chapter 14, Article V, sets forth the requirements and parameters for the operation of golf carts on public streets within the City limits. These rules apply and must be followed
- Every golf cart to be operated on an Ocean Springs public street must be inspected and registered with the City of Ocean Springs, at City Hall. The annual cost is $51.00 ($50.00 for registration and inspection plus a $1.00 records fee). Both registration and inspection must be renewed every year in January. Once your golf cart is inspected and registered, City Hall will provide a new decal which must be displayed on the left rear fender of the vehicle at all times.
- Golf cart registration is non-transferable.
- A valid Driver’s License and proof of current golf cart liability insurance is required at the time of inspection and registration, as well as during operation of the golf cart.
- Driver’s License and Permit laws apply. Unlicensed drivers are NOT permitted to operate a golf cart on public streets.
- The City allows only golf carts to be registered and operated per this ordinance. The City does not allow registration and operation of Honda Pioneer, Polaris RZR, Can-Am, Maverick, Arctic Cat, Big Horn, Bobcat, John Deere Gator, Kawasaki Mule, Yamaha, Rhino, or any similar vehicles on public streets.
- To be operated on a public street, a golf cart must have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), seat belts for all seats, a parking brake, headlights, taillights, brake lights, front and rear turn signals, a windshield, side and rear reflectors, and an interior rearview mirror.
- Golf carts may be operated ONLY on streets with a speed limit of 30 mph or lower, except when crossing a road with a higher speed limit. Golf carts may NOT travel on Highway 90 or Highway 609 except when crossing the road.
- Ocean Springs Police Department highly recommends that golf carts cross higher-speed roads only at lighted traffic signal intersections. Golf carts must use the shortest possible distance to cross these roads; for example, not diagonally.
- On 4-lane roads, the golf cart must use the right lane.
- Traffic and parking laws do apply. Citations, towing, arrest, and other legal enforcement may apply. This includes seat belt use by all occupants, including child safety seats. This also includes the prohibition on underglow lights.
- YES, golf cart operators can be arrested for DUI.
- Road closures do apply to golf carts. Do not enter areas that are closed to traffic for events, weather, emergency, or any other reason. This includes, but is not limited to, Cruisin’ the Coast and the Peter Anderson Festival.
Areas Where Golf Carts Are NOT Allowed
- Can I drive my cart on HWY 90?
No golf carts are not allowed to be driven on HWY 90 but can cross at 3 intersections: Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue/Vermont Avenue, Holcomb Boulevard, and Guilford Road. These intersections are marked on our map.
- Can children ride on a golf cart?
Yes. Children can ride on a golf cart. They need to be properly strapped in a 5-point harness car seat just like in a vehicle.
- Can I get a DUI on a golf cart?
Yes. You can be charged with DUI on a golf cart. While driving the cart, you are required to follow all the traffic laws just as if you were in a regular vehicle.
- Can I register a utv?
No. You cannot register an utv. The city only allows “golf carts” to be registered. Honda Pioneer, Polaris RZR, can am Maverick, arctic cat, big horn, bobcat, john deer gator, Kawasaki Mule, and Yamaha Rhino are not allowed to be registered.
- How much does it cost to register my cart?
The fee to register a golf cart is $20 a year. This yearly registration expires on January 1st and will need to be renewed yearly if you plan to drive this on the city roads.
- Can children drive golf carts?
No. Children are not allowed to drive golf carts on city streets. You must have a valid driver’s license/driver's permit to operate golf carts on public property.
- I live in the East end of town can I drive my golf cart to the downtown area?
As of right now, the only way for you to drive your golf cart downtown is to trailer it to the downtown area.