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Golf Cart Information

Golf Cart Parking in Pay to park/Launch Areas

When utilizing the pay to park/launch systems you must enter GCR-and the three numeric digits (example GCR111) when prompted for the license plate number unless the driver has a handicapped placard.  Golf Carts are treated the same as any other vehicle.  

Golf Cart Registration 

Dear Resident: 

This page provides the information you will need to register your golf cart for use on selected City streets. The registration package consists of a registration form and information on the rules and regulations governing golf cart use on public roads. In order to register your golf cart, you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the golf cart registration and sign where indicated.
  2. Note that proof of insurance is required, and you will need to contact your insurance agent to obtain coverage.
  3. The City requires that you read and understand the Golf Cart Rules and Regulations that are attached. The information is also available at the Sheriff’s Office in Crystal River and City Hall or may be viewed on line at the City's web site at www.crystalriverfl.org.
  4. Upon successfully registering, you will be issued a decal to place on your right rear bumper to indicate your cart has been registered for use on local streets.

The registration is valid for one calendar year with an annual renewal beginning and due in the month of purchase of each year. If you move, you will need to notify City Hall of your address change.


Please remember that using golf carts on City streets is a privilege, not a right. The City reserves the right to revoke any and all golf cart registrations as deemed necessary. The City Council also reserves the right to cancel this program at any time.


The City of Crystal River has approved a program allowing the use of golf carts (side-by-side, ATV or UTVs are not registerable under the golf cart permit) on streets within the municipal limits of Crystal River. We ask for your assistance in making this program a continued success. Please obey all traffic laws. Please do not allow unauthorized individuals to operate your golf cart. Please respect other motorists by traveling as far to the right on the roadway as is safely possible and protect pedestrians by not driving on sidewalks. Remember that pedestrians have the right of way and that golf carts must yield to pedestrians.

Registration: A golf cart is defined under Florida Law as "A motor vehicle designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes." To use a golf cart on City streets, the golf cart must be registered with the City and have some specific equipment. Only properly equipped golf carts are permitted to be driven on City streets.

Equipment Requirements: All golf carts operating subject to Ordinance 11-O-18 must be equipped with efficient brakes, reliable steering, safe tires, a rearview mirror, and red reflectorized warning devices, in both the front and rear, at all times while operated on City designated roads and streets.

Basic Rules for Operation: Golf carts and operators are required to obey the following rules. Failure to comply with City or State law may result in the issuance of a citation and/or the revocation of the golf cart registration and permission to drive on City streets:

  • Golf cart operators must have a valid driver's license.
  • Golf cart operators must be 16 years old or older.
  • The number of occupants in any golf cart operated on City streets designated for golf cart use shall be restricted to the number of seats on the golf cart. No occupants of a golf cart shall stand at any time while the golf cart is in motion.
  • Golf carts may be operated on City designated roads and streets during the hours between official sunrise and official sunset; golf carts equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and a windshield may be operated at night.
  • Golf carts must have a valid City of Crystal River registration decal displayed in plain view on right rear bumper.
  • Golf carts must be covered with liability insurance insuring against personal injury and damage to property of any nature relative to the operation of golf carts on City designated roads and streets. Minimum required insurance will be the same as for motor vehicles registered in the State of Florida for personal use and as designated by Florida Statutes. Proof of such insurance must be possessed at all times while operating a golf cart on City designated roads and streets.
  • Golf carts must be operated as close to the right-hand shoulder of the road as is safely possible.
  • The driver and passengers must be properly seated at all times when the golf cart is in motion. Do not exceed the number of passengers for which the golf cart is designed. Please understand and follow the manufacturer's operating instructions.
  • Golf cart operators are required to follow all standard motor vehicle laws and city ordinances.
  • When not in use golf carts must be properly parked in driveways, garages and designated parking spaces.
  • Golf carts shall not be used on sidewalks or the Crosstown Trail nor shall they operate on or cross SR-44 or SR-55 (US-19).

Penalties: The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office shall have the authority to issue citations for violations of this.



  • Be registered with the City of Crystal River
  • Meet minimum Equipment standards


  • Possess a Valid Florida Driver’s License
  • Obtain current liability insurance coverage
  • Learn new Ordinance, operational requirements, parking areas & general information.

*If you sell your cart remove the registration sticker. You must bring the old registration sticker to receive a new free one if you register another cart.


The City Council of the City of Crystal River designated City streets which are designed and marked in Resolution No. 17-R-23 Exhibit “A”, for operation of golf carts within the City as to the Provisions of Ordinance 11-O-18 and Chapter 316 of the Florida Statutes. “Golf carts may be operated on all roads and streets designated for such use by resolution of the City of Crystal River, in accordance with F.S. § 316.212.”


  1. Golf cart speed limit is 30 MPH
  2. Provide a seat for each person
  3. Keep legs and arms inside cart
  4. Keep passengers seated in cart
  5. Enter traffic lane safely
  6. Obey all traffic laws
  7. Be aware of vehicles turning right
  8. Maintain golf cart up-to-date
  9. Do not text and drive
  10. Don’t Drink and Drive


“…All operators of golf carts within the City shall comply with state statutes pertaining to operation of golf carts and of motor vehicles.  Any violation of such statute(s) shall also be a violation of this ordinance.  Golf cart operators shall comply with all applicable local and state traffic control devices, and operators of golf carts may be summonsed for traffic and moving violations, in the same manner as other motor vehicles….”


All golf carts must obtain a Registration Decal.  To obtain a Registration Decal, owner of golf cart shall furnish the City (1) proof of ownership; (2) proof current liability insurance; and (3) complete application.

Owner must pay fees for obtaining Registration Decal.  Registration Decal shall be valid for one (1) year.  Application, payment, inspection and insurance shall be required by the City annually for renewal.


  1. Must show proof of a valid Florida driver’s license, general liability insurance.
  2. Present all documents listed above to City Hall. Fees will be set at $15.00 for a one-year Registration Decal.
  3. Once you receive the Registration Decal, you MUST place the decal on the golf cart on the Rear passenger side of the golf cart.



  1. To operate after sunset the golf cart must have a windshield, headlights, turn signals and brake lights.
  2. All golf carts must be equipped with efficient brakes, reliable steering, safe tires, rearview mirror, and red reflectorized warning devices, in both front and rear, at all times while operated on City designated road and streets.


Operation of a golf cart within the City is a privilege granted by the City and not a right possessed by the individual operator.  The resident understands that they may be cited by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office for any violation of the City's Golf Cart Ordinance.

There will be signage posted along designated roads and streets where golf cart operation is authorized, advising motorists of possible golf cart traffic, and alerting the public that the operations of such golf carts.


  1. The same laws that prohibit the use and possession of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle apply to the operation of a golf cart.
  2. Golf cart must have a valid City registration decal. A registration decal may be obtained at City Hall.
  3. Golf cart operators must be at least 16 years or older.
  4. Do not exceed the number of occupants for which the golf cart was designed.
  5. Do not carry children or animals on your lap while operating a golf cart.
  6. Follow the same traffic laws that you would follow when operating a motor vehicle.
  7. Stay off sidewalks.
  8. Be aware at all times that golf cart occupants are extremely at risk when traveling in traffic. A golf cart offers no protection from collision. Remain alerts and drive defensively!
  9. Golf carts will not legally be allowed to cross US-19 or SR-44 since the FDOT criteria cannot be satisfied at any intersection within the city limits.
  10. The City will NOT notify you for the renewal.

Golf Cart Registration Packet

Golf Cart Pamphlet

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123 NW HWY 19, Crystal River, FL 34428

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