Golf Cart Registration

golf_cart_imageThe City Council passed Ordinance 12-19 (see link below) in 2012 authorizing the use of golf carts on public streets in the City of Melissa and residents that are interested in utilizing golf carts in the City limits must register with the Melissa Police Department.  Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the requirements/limitations under this ordinance prior to registering. 

To register contact the Police Department at (972) 838-2033  to schedule an appointment to bring your golf cart to City Hall for the inspection and registration process.   

Please note that residents that live in neighborhoods that would require driving on highways and/or roadways which require speeds in excess of 35 mph, must trailer the golf cart to City Hall in order to be in compliance with the law.  You may also schedule with the Police Department to setup a time for an officer to come out to your residence to complete the registration process.  

As with all other motor vehicles under the transportation code, those interested in obtaining a permit must show proof of insurance at the time of registration.

The cost for the required permit is $20.00 and at this time only check or money order made payable to the City of Melissa will be accepted. Permits/Stickers are valid for a period of two years. 

  • The maximum speed limit on the public street is 35 mph or less
  • The person holds a valid driver’s license
  • The person maintains current financial responsibility for the golf cart as required of other passenger vehicles in Section 601.051 of the Texas Transportation Code
  • The person complies with all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances
  • The golf cart must have the following equipment which must continuously remain in good working and operational order:
    • Two headlamps
    • Two tail lamps
    • Side reflectors (two front, amber in color and two rear red in color)
    • Parking brake
    • Rearview mirror(s), capable of a clear, unobstructed view of at least 200 feet to the rear
    • Slow-moving vehicle emblem
  • Equipment must meet Texas and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as they exist or may be amended
  • While the golf cart is in motion, the driver and every passenger must be seated in a seat designed to hold passengers.  No person may stand or ride in the lap of the driver/and or another passenger while the golf cart is moving.

Under this ordinance golf carts cannot be operated on any sidewalk, pedestrian walkway, jogging path, park trail or any location normally used for pedestrian traffic.  Additionally this ordinance does not authorize nor permit the use of all terrain or off road vehicles.

You may obtain a copy of the complete ordinance here or by contacting the Police Department. 

Any questions regarding the authorizing ordinance should be directed to the Melissa Police Department at (972) 838-2033.