LOW SPEED VEHICLES
Effective April 2006, low speed vehicles (LSVs) must be titled and registered in order to be driven on certain New Jersey roadways. The vehicles must also be properly insured, but are not subject to regular motor vehicle inspection. LSVs are sales tax exempt.
An LSV is a four-wheeled vehicle, as defined in 49 CFR s. 571.3(b), whose attainable speed is more than 20 miles per hour and no more than 25 miles per hour on a paved level surface. The vehicle cannot be powered by gas or diesel fuel and must comply with federal safety standards as noted in 49 CFR s. 571.500.
The following are some general guidelines for LSV owner/operators:
- LSVs may not be driven on roadways with speed limits that exceed 25 mph. In limited cases, if deemed appropriate by a municipality or county or DOT, LSVs may be permitted on roadways with speed limits that do not exceed 35 mph.
- LSV operator should watch for and abide by road signs prohibiting use even on lower speed roads.
- LSVs may not be modified golf carts.
- An LSV must have a 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number.
- Child restraints in LSVs must meet the same standards as child restraints used in passenger vehicles.
- LSVs must be operated by a person with a valid driver license only (no permits, provisional or suspended licenses).
- Properly titled, registered and insured LSVs may be leased or rented for temporary use.
- An LSV may be registered in the name of an individual, business or government entity, but may not be used as a commercial vehicle.
- LSVs and their owners/operators are subject to the same motor vehicle violations as other vehicles and drivers except for the regular inspection requirements.
- All LSVs shall have a safety information decal, as provided by the manufacturer, affixed in a conspicuous place on the rear of the vehicle. The decal shall display in prominent lettering "25 MPH Vehicle."
- LSVs displaying only one license plate shall have that license plate affixed on the rear of the car.
- LSVs must meet Federal and State requirements. See Link.
LSVs may be titled at any motor vehicle agency for a fee of $20 without a lien, or $40 with a lien, or at the licensed dealership where the vehicle is purchased if this service is provided.
A Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin or the Certificate of Origin (MSO or CO) is required to title a new LSV.
If you are attempting to title a usedLSV from outside of NJ, that meets all the requirements of an LSV approved to be driven on certain NJ roadways, but you do not have a vehicle title, then you must present the following at the motor vehicle agency:
- A completed OS/SS-7 (title application) with the original MSO/CO (Manufacturers Statement of Origin/Certificate of Origin).
- If you do not have the MSO/CO then you must supply a registration in either your name or the seller's name, in addition to a bill of sale which includes seller, buyer, year, make, model and serial number, if applicable.
If you cannot satisfy the above requirements, you will have to use the MVC Procedure for Vehicle/Vessels Obtained Without Proper Evidence of Ownership. The procedure and forms can be obtained by calling 888.486.3339 (toll free in New Jersey) or 609.292.6500 from out-of-state.
LSV Registration (Non-Government Entity):
Initial registrations may be obtained at any motor vehicle agency for an annual fee of $43.50 (or $46.50 starting on July 1, 2006) or at the licensed dealership where the vehicle is purchased if this service is provided.
LSVs are not subject to the four-year accelerated registration program.
A registration application (BA-49), available at the agency or dealership, must be completed and shall include the insurance company name and policy number.
An LSV may be registered under the name of an individual or business but may not be used as a commercial vehicle (for example, an LSV may not be used to transport goods).
Once an LSV is two model years or older, the registration fee will be $31 until July 1, 2006, when the fee will be increased to $34.
LSV Registration/Government Entity:
A government entity entitled to no-fee registrations may register an LSV in the name of the government entity and will be provided with MG, SG, CG, SP plates as appropriate. Both plates must be mounted on the government vehicle. The registration record will show that the vehicle is an LSV.
LSV plates will be standard passenger plate size and, in most circumstances, will begin with the letters “LSV.” The bottom rim of the plate will be inscribed with the words “Low Speed Vehicle.” Only one plate will be issued for non-government owned vehicles. The plate shall be affixed to the rear of the vehicle.
Courtesy and personalized plate characters will be permitted on LSVs. The first three letters of the combination will not read “LSV”, however, the bottom rim of the plate will read “Low Speed Vehicle.”
Owners may put names or messages on license plates for a one-time fee of $50, in addition to the regular registration fee. A personalized plate must have at least three letters and a maximum of seven characters in combinations of letters and numbers.
To obtain an application for a personalized plate, visit your nearest MVC agency or call 888.486.3339 (toll free in New Jersey) or 609.292.6500 from out-of-state. Complete the form and mail it, with the fee, to the address noted on the form for processing. Only one plate, rear, will be displayed.
Government entities will be provided with MG, SG, CG, SP plates as appropriate. Two plates, front and rear, must be displayed.
Handicap Plates will not be permitted on LSVs. Placards must be used as applicable.
Dedicated plate styles such as Conquer Cancer and Wildlife, and organizational plates such as alumni and professions will not be available.
An LSV plate may be transferred to another LSV, but not to a different type of vehicle.
Registration plate decals will not be issued for LSVs.
LSVs will be insured as Specialty Vehicles and coverage will be available through the New Jersey Personal Automobile Insurance Plan (NJPAIP) and other voluntary insurers. Contact an insurance agent or broker for information on insuring an LSV.