Golf Cart/UTV Regulations

Open the PDF File below, Print, Fill it Out and bring it with you to have your Golf Cart/ UTV inspected along with $25 registration fee. YOUR GOLF CART/UTV NEEDS TO BE INSPECTED BEFORE YOU CAN DRIVE IT ON THE STREETS IN TILTON. YOU ALSO NEED TO GET AN UPDATED STICKER EVERY YEAR BEFORE MAY 1ST. 


As defined herein and by 625 ILCS 5/1-123.9, means a vehicle specifically designed and intended for the purposes of transporting one or more persons and their golf clubs or maintenance equipment while engaged in the playing of golf, supervising the play of golf or maintaining the condition of the grounds on a public or private golf course. 


A self-propelled electronically powered four-wheeled motor vehicle or a self-propelled gasoline or diesel-powered four-wheeled motor vehicle with an engine displacement under 1,200 cubic centimeters, which is capable of attaining in one mile a speed of more than 20 miles per hour, but not more than 25 miles per hour, and which conforms to the federal regulations under 49 CFR 571.500. This definition does not include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) as defined by 625 ILCS 5/1-101.8.
Any of the streets/alleys within the boundaries of the Village.


All persons wishing to operate a  golf cart or a utility-terrain vehicle on Village streets must ensure compliance with the following requirements: 
Proof of current liability insurance. 
Must be certified with the Village and have the vehicle certified with the Village by the Chief of Police or designated representative. 
Must comply with this article as periodically updated. 
Must display a Village decal on the rear of the vehicle. 
Must have a current, valid Illinois driver's license. 
Must be equipped as follows: 
[Amended  11-21-2013; at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)] 
Brakes and brake lights; 
Steering wheel apparatus; 
Rearview mirror; 
Approved "Slow Moving Vehicle" emblem on the rear of the vehicle (625 ILCS 5/12-709) and an orange flag above the  golfcart or UTV; 
Headlight that emits a white light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the front, which must illuminate when in operation; 
Tail lamp that emits a red light visible from at least 100 feet from the rear, which must be illuminated when in operation; 
All riders and/or drivers must wear a reflective safety vest of an approved standard by the Illinois Department of Transportation while riding in the vehicle after dusk; 
The driver and all passengers must wear seat belts while riding in a utility terrain vehicle. The maximum number of passengers will be determined by the amount of seat belts available in the vehicle; 
The Village of Tilton will provide the person obtaining the permit to drive the vehicle with a vehicle identification number. Such number must be displayed on the back of the vehicle in letters no less than three inches in height. The color of the letters must be a contrasting color to that of the vehicle itself for good visibility. If the ID number will not fit on the back of the vehicle, then it must be displayed on both sides of the vehicle as described above; 
Any additional requirement which may be required by 65 ILCS 5/11-1426.1 of the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code. 
[1]Must obey all traffic laws of the State of Illinois and the Village of Tilton. 
Editor's Note: Original Subsection (G), regarding equipment requirements for utility terrain vehicles, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch.  1, General Provisions, Art.  I). 
Must be a licensed driver 18 years of age, or 16 years of age with a licensed consenting adult. 
Must be operated only on Village streets, except where prohibited. 
Must not be operated in excess of posted speed limits and, with respect to utility terrain vehicles, may not exceed 25 miles per hour. 
A person operating or who is in actual physical control of a  golf cart or utility terrain vehicle as described herein on a roadway while under the influence is subject to Sections 11/500 through 11/502 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (625 ILCS 5/11-500 through 11-502). 
Golf carts and utility terrain vehicles shall not be operated on sidewalks or in Village parks other than parking areas; except where no Village roadway allows for safe passage. All pedestrians have the right-of-way. 
Golf carts and utility terrain vehicles may not be operated on streets and highways and roads under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation. 
All golf carts and utility terrain vehicles will not be permitted to cross Illinois State Route 1 except at the 14th Street underpass, unless it is closed. If the 14th Street underpass is closed, golf carts and utility terrain vehicles may only cross where the Illinois Department of Transportation approves a crossing. All crossing of streets must be at intersections. In addition, golf carts and utility terrain vehicles will not be permitted on 1st Street and 2nd Street at any time.