Golf Cart Inspections

Please note: There is a $20 cash inspection fee.
We provide the Inspections at the Sheriff's Office only, Monday thru Friday 9am to 4pm & Sunday 1pm to 3pm. We will no longer complete inspections at residences or campgrounds.   
Location for inspections
    Logan County Sheriff's Office 
    284 County Road 32 S
    Bellefontaine, OH 43311
 An applicant who wishes to register a golf cart or other Under Speed Vehicle (USV) must proceed as described below. "Under-speed vehicle" means a three- or four-wheeled vehicle, including a vehicle commonly known as a golf cart, with an attainable speed on a paved level surface of not more than twenty miles per hour and with a gross vehicle weight rating less than three thousand pounds

Steps of Application Process

  1. The sheriff or chief of police in the community (city, village, township) provides the applicant a certificate of inspection regarding the inspection requirements of the Ohio Administrative Code (O.A.C.) Chapter 4501:2-1
  2. Go to the Clerk of Courts title office in any county. The clerk will verify that the inspection certificate accompanies the title evidence and the vehicle inspection requirements of O.A.C. 4501:2-1. If verified and everything else is in order, the clerk will issue the title.
  3. Obtain Insurance
  4. Take the title to a deputy registrar in that county. If all is in order, the deputy registrar will issue license plates
  5. Operate the golf cart or other USV in accordance with O.R.C. Chapter 4511 and with the equipment required by O.R.C. 4513
Note: January 2017 Update 
    Ohio now allows USV operation on streets or highway with an established speed limit not greater that 35 MPH and only upon such streets or highways where a local authority has granted permission for such operation. (the City, Village, Or Townships must pass a resolution allowing the use of USV on the roadways). 

Ohio Revised Code Concerning Golf Carts & Under Speed Vehicles

  • Requires valid driver’s license for any operation of a motor vehicle on public or private property – ORC 4507.02A(1)-4510.12A(1)
  • Must be equipped with rear tail lights (only 1 required). ORC 4513.05
  • Must have a light to illuminate license plate and make license plate legible from a distance of 50 feet. ORC 4513.05
  • Must have at least 1 working brake light. ORC 4513.071
  • Must have 2 headlights. ORC4513.04
  • Must have a horn. ORC 4513.21
  • Must have a rear mirror. ORC 4513.23
  • Must have a windshield (glass or safety glass). ORC 4513.24
  • Must have directional signals. ORC 4513.261
  • Must have brackets for mounting 2 license plates (front and rear). ORC 4503.21