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A low-speed vehicle is defined as a four-wheeled vehicle whose speed attainable in one mile is more than twenty (20) miles per hour and not more than twenty-five (25) miles per hour on a paved, level surface; whose gross vehicle weight rating is less than three thousand pounds; and complies with 49 C.F.R., part 571, as such part existed on April 29, 2016 (§60-119.01).

Application for Certificate of Title is made to the County Treasurer in the county where you reside and must be obtained within thirty (30) days of purchase of the vehicle.

A Certificate of Title is required for all low speed vehicles prior to registration for operation on public roads and for all low speed vehicles purchased new after January 1, 2012.

Proper evidence of ownership is one of the following:

  • Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO)
  • Certificate of Title – properly assigned
  • Vehicle’s last registration and a notarized Bill of Sale if previous state was not a title issuing state
  • Vehicle’s registered by the U.S. Military: U.S. Military Registration Document
  • Vehicle’s sold by the U.S. Government: U.S. Department of State Certificate of Title
  • Vehicle’s registered in a foreign country: a current Registration Certificate and/or a notarized Bill of Sale, foreign country ownership documents and import papers (for information regarding imported vehicles, please refer to: Motor Vehicles Imported from Foreign Countries)
  • Court Order

AND all of the following documents:

If the model year cannot be determined, the title will be issued with the model year indicated as the year the application for title is presented.

If the low speed vehicle does not have a manufacturer’s identification number, you will need to submit a properly completed Assigned ID Number Application to the Department of Motor Vehicles so that a State assigned identification number can be issued prior to application for title. A vehicle inspection is required.

After the proper title and registration have been issued for a low speed vehicle, it may be operated on any highway where the speed limit is not more than thirty five (35) miles per hour. The operator of a low speed vehicle must have a Class O operator's license and the vehicle must have liability insurance coverage.

County, city and villages may adopt ordinances governing the operation of low speed vehicles locally as necessary for public safety.



Questions regarding Low Speed Vehicles may be addressed by email or by phone at 402.471.3918.