How To Make Your Go Kart Street Legal

Want to make your Go Kart STREET LEGAL?

Do you want to make your go kart street legal? Are you tired of getting your ass kicked at the local go kart track, and now you want to take to the open road? Do you have a custom-built exoskeleton kart that you need to get street legal? You’re in the right place.

Before we talk about how to legalize a go kart, we’re going to cover some really obvious things about safety. You know, for legal reasons.


She could probably kick your ass in a go kart race. (   source   )

She could probably kick your ass in a go kart race. (source)

Why Make a Go Kart Street Legal?

It would be awesome to have a streetlegal go kart. They get incredible gas mileage, and you can build one in your garage. Plus, they’re easy to store and loads of fun to drive. Imagine you’re off to class or work, so you hop on your trusty go kart and zip across town. Maybe your friends all want you to take them places, but hey! Your cart only has one seat! Guess they’ll have to find another way to Chipotle.

With wheels the size of grapefruits, less suspension than an ox cart, and crash protection that doesn’t exist, go karts are decidedlynot cars. A total lack of safety equipment means you need to gear up by wearing a helmet and whatever other protective gear you can find.Of course, maybe your cart has a roll cage or some other safety features – just be realistic about the safety of your cart before you go anywhere near the open road.

Unless this is your go kart, then do whatever you want. (   source   )

Unless this is your go kart, then do whatever you want. (source)


What defines a Go Kart?

A go kart is a vehicle with open wheels (no fenders), often diminutive in size, and nimble thanks to low ground clearance and a low center of gravity. Some states define a go kart the same way as other oddball vehicles, like golf carts – in other states, they’re not even considered motor vehicles. The problem with a street legal go kart lies with the safety standards we talked about earlier – in short, the lack thereof. The typical go kart is missing several critical things it needs to be street legal, safety notwithstanding:

-Seat belts
-A horn
-Head lights, tail lights, and turn indicators
-A windshield and wiper
-Side and rear view mirrors
-A speedometer and odometer

You can find a lot of these items in cheap kits on eBay, but chances are you’ll end up having to make a few of them yourself.

Now that looks more road-ready.

Now that looks more road-ready.

What About a License Plate?

If your go cart looks less like what you’d find at the local tourist trap and more like a scaled-down Ariel Atom, you’re in luck. It’s not impossible to make that other kind of go kart street legal, but it’s much easier if you start with a vehicle which already ticks a lot of the boxes we just discussed. Or maybe you built a custom made go kart in your garage, and it looks a bit like an exoskeleton on wheels. In that case, good on you, mate.

The biggest thing standing in your way with something like the Kart seen above would be this short sequence of items: without a VIN number you can’t get a title, without a title you can’t get a license plate, and without a license plate you can’t get insurance. Seems like a bit of a dead-end, right?

This guy did it, but how? (   source   )

This guy did it, but how? (source)

That’s Where We Come In

It’s going to be on you to make sure your street legal go cart passes all of the local laws and safety regulations, and your local laws take precedence over anything found online, but Dirt Legal specializes in getting weird things street legal. We can do the hard part for you – we’ll get a title and/or VIN for your go kart, and you can take it from there. Just contact us with the specifics of your go kart, and for a small fee we’ll do all the legwork for you. Call or email us today to find out how you can make your go cart street legal with the help of Dirt Legal.