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BCPD Informer
by John Chase, Deputy Chief
Boulder City Police Department

Golf Carts - Can You Drive Them on Boulder City Roadways?
Is it legal to operate a golf cart in Boulder City on City Streets? The easy answer, according to the compilation of several Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) is simply, no. Golf Carts are defined by NRS 282.044 as having no fewer than three wheels in contact with the ground and designed to carry golf equipment and no more than four persons, including the driver.

NRS 482.398 offers additional guidance as to when a permit can be issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles to allow golf carts to be operated on a roadway. The crux of that statute indicates that the golf cart must have headlamps, tail lamps, reflectors, stop lamps and an emblem or placard for slow moving vehicles. It also indicates that the cart must have a mirror and brakes, all of which must be inspected by an authorized DMV Representative.

NRS 482.210 provides more narrowly defined rules as it relates to exemption from registration. It states the following: Golf carts which are:
1. Traveling upon highways properly designated by the appropriate city or county as permissible for the operation of golf carts; and
2. Operating pursuant to a permit issued pursuant to this chapter.

The crux of this indicates that golf carts can only be operated on the roadway if it is permitted, and secondly, if the city has designated the roadway as being permissible for the operation of golf carts. Without some action by council, golf carts are legally not permissible for operation in Boulder City on our roadways.

While we are not in the position of offering legal advice, we are in the business of enforcing laws to which some discretion has been extended in golf cart operations to this point. I am hopeful this offers some clarification and reference materials should you wish to look into this issue in more detail.

Until next month, stay safe.

John Chase can be reached via his e-mail address at

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