Golf Cart Regulations

As of April 2021, there are new updates to golf cart laws and regulations in the City of Nassau Bay. 

Highlights: Golf carts need to have a special golf cart license plate to drive on public roadways. Also, a driver’s license is also REQUIRED to operate a golf cart.Golf Cart Changes-01Golf Cart Changes-02

Anyone operating a golf cart on a public roadway must have a driver’s license. (*Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ruling on April 5, 2021.)

Changes to golf cart operation requirements:

Golf carts operating on public roadways MUST display a special license.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles does not register golf carts, but a “golf cart” license plate can be obtained from the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector office.

To obtain a golf cart license:

  • Complete Form 130-U.
  • On the application, mark the non-title registration box on the top of the application.
  • Pay a $14.75 fee for the plate.  
  • Mail-in the form or schedule an appointment for an in-person visit at

The golf cart license plate does not change where and when golf carts are allowed to operate on public roads.  

Golf carts must have a minimum of four wheels and operate no faster than 25 miles per hour. Motorized vehicles commonly referred to as ATVs, four-wheelers, mules, and gators are specifically prohibited from use on Nassau Bay roadways and parks. 

Golf carts are not allowed to be operated on state highways, which would include NASA Rd 1/NASA Parkway. Golf carts are not allowed to be driven on sidewalks or in city parks, except for park roads and parking areas. No carts are to be driven or parked on the grass areas of the city parks. Golf carts cannot overtake another vehicle in the same lane of traffic and cannot pass between lanes of traffic or adjacent lines of rows of vehicles. 

Slow-moving emblems are still required on golf carts within the City.  Each golf cart must have the following working equipment, operational headlights and taillights, side reflectors, parking brake, and rear-view mirrors. 

In general, golf carts in the City are regulated by Chapter 17, Article IV - GOLF CARTS of the City's Code of Ordinances. You can view this section of the Code by clicking here: Chapter 17, Article IV - Golf Carts (link)