Golf cart registration begins in Hattiesburg

City of Hattiesburg Communications Department

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) — Owners of low-speed vehicles, such as golf carts, who want to use the roads in the city of Hattiesburg began signing up to do so on Thursday.

Hattiesburg officials said enrollment was steady Thursday.

“Our assistant clerks registered several today and answered many calls and questions about the prescription, what it takes to register a golf cart and more,” said Samantha McCain, director of communications for the city of Hattiesburg.

“We encourage all residents who plan to drive a golf cart or low-speed vehicle on permitted city streets to visit //hattiesburgms.com/cityclerk to download the app and learn more about the ordinance and its requirements.

City Council recently passed an ordinance allowing golf carts to be used on the streets of Hattiesburg, subject to certain restrictions, including:

  • Can only be used on public roads/streets with an established speed limit of 30 miles per hour or less
  • Remain prohibited on Mississippi Department of Transportation highways and freeways
  • May be prohibited in high traffic streets, government authority recommendations, street design and other factors that interfere with public safety.

A list of these streets and an interactive map can be found at hattiesburgms.com/cityclerk/golfcarts.

To check in golf carts/low-speed vehicles, bring the following to the second floor of Hattiesburg City Hall, including:

  • A driving license
  • Proof of insurance/financial responsibility
  • Make, model and VIN/serial number
  • $100 for registration.

All licensed golf carts and low-speed vehicles must meet a list of safety standards, including:

  • Headlights
  • Front and rear indicators
  • Rear lights
  • Stop lights
  • Reflectors
  • Exterior mirror mounted driver/passenger side
  • Hand brake
  • VIN number/serial number
  • Type 1/Type 2 seat belts
  • Decent windshield
  • An alert sound.

The second page of the registration form is an affidavit that certifies and attests that your vehicle has all of these items and must be notarized by City of Hattiesburg staff.

The form should not be signed until the registration documents have been filed with the town hall.

A list of frequently asked questions is available at hattiesburgms.com/cityclerk/golfcarts. These cover everything from driving on multi-purpose roads to law enforcement.

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