08-24-2016, 06:26 PM
Join Date: Jan 30 2011
Location: West of Houston
Rep Power: 17312085
Originally Posted by Supergas
I used to build custom golf cars and quit when the state made it mandatory to have a 17 digit VIN from the Manufacture to be titled in Texas so I know a little about trying to title these vehicles.
Unfortunately your UTV can not licensed even though it must be titled according to TXDMV. This usually falls back to them not being built under the correct DOT Standard for a Passenger Vehicle. Read below and it may help.
Utility-Type vehicles (UTVs) are defined as Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs), which are generally used for maintenance, hunting or recreation. They are required to be titled but may not be driven on public roads.
A ROV is a motor vehicle that is equipped with a seat or seats for the use of the rider and a passenger or passengers, if the vehicle is designed by the manufacturer to transport a passenger or passengers,
designed to propel itself with four or more tires in contact with the ground,
designed by the manufacturer for off-highway use and
not designed by the manufacturer for farm or lawn care.
ROVs may not be driven on public roads unless the:
vehicle is owned by a state, county or municipality and operated on a public beach or highway to maintain public safety and welfare,
driver is a farmer or a rancher traveling no more than 25 miles,
driver is a public utility worker, or
driver is a law enforcement officer.
To be operated on public property, ROVs must have:
a brake system,
a muffler system,
a United States Forest Service qualified spark arrester,
head and tail light, and
an Off Highway Vehicle decal issued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Not trying to be a Kill Joy, but I have looked at this pretty hard as I have the parts and facility to build a street legal vehicle of this type which I would love to have. So, I have settled for IH Scouts and such..
Right now I am really searching for something like you are talking about and am looking hard at a couple of options.. I really dont need it for serious offroading, just want a topless smaller vehicle that I can drive in town and out to my property in the county.
If you come up with anything that works PLEASE let me know..
What he said!