Is driving a golf cart on the road legal in Maine?


Depending on where you live in Maine, seeing vehicles other than cars on the road is not an abnormal thing. In more rural parts of the state, ATVs. snowmobiles, dirt bikes and many more are used on the road (or along the road) quite often. But golf carts are a bit of a different story. There are some islands in Maine where automobiles are in short supply and seasonal residents have turned to golf carts for transportation. This is island life. But could you reasonably drive a golf cart down any street in Maine and be street legal?

Yes, driving a golf cart on the road is legal in Maine…with exceptions.

According to, there has been a law since 2001 that allows golf cart operators to not be penalized for driving their carts on Maine roads with a key contingency. The contingency is that the road must have a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less. Operators are prohibited from driving any slow-moving vehicle or golf cart on a road with a posted speed limit greater than 35 miles per hour.

Are there any other rules regarding golf carts?

Yes. If you pick up a golf cart and use it on a course other than golf, most municipalities in Maine will treat that golf cart like any other motorized vehicle. You will need to register the golf cart and also pay a small excise tax.

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As stated in Maine law, golf carts are vehicles that do not exceed a speed of 20 miles per hour. If you use a golf cart as your primary transportation tool and upgrade the speed capability of the golf cart, you could be subject to additional registration fees or potential penalties, including impoundment of the modified vehicle .

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