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Old 07-25-2009, 09:54 AM
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Making a Rhino "street legal" in Texas

Anyone succeeded in getting theirs plated?

Apparently these could be registered and titled in TX as late as 2008, but the DMV decided (thanks to a couple of guys running them down highways) that they are now going to classify UTVs as ATVs and will no longer allow registration for "on road" use.

Prior to late 2008 they could be registered as Low Speed Vehicles.

I realize that some people may get away with on road use more than others, but it seems to me that the alternative is to get these things registered as fully street legal - without restrictions, same as a dune buggy.

Has anyone gone through that process?
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:00 AM
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Some states are crazy when it comes to making a utv street legal. We have a customer in Michigan that had to get...


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To make his legal. You would think they would be a easier since a utv will use a fraction of fuel of a passenger car or truck. hmmmm- maybe it isn't about being green after all huh?
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:16 AM
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I had mine registered....they took my title ad changed it to GC (golf cart) instead of UTV... I had to sign a waiver saying that it would not go over 24mph, etc..etc..and run a orange triangle on the back (slow moving vehicle) But as you said late last year they stopped this...they sent me a letter saying that my registration was null and void and I could no longer drive it on the street.

I kinda thought they would have sent me a new title reclassifying my Rhino as a UTV again but no..
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:22 AM
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What county? When did you register it?

Sometime in September 2008, this went out to all tax offices:

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For immediate release
Contact: Kim Sue Lia Perkes
Vehicle Titles and Registration Division
(512) 302-2076, kperkes@dot.state.tx.us


Registrations to stop for Utility-Type Vehicles (UTVs);
rules for golf carts under review by lawmakers


On September 15, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will stop accepting new registrations for Utility-Type Vehicles (UTVs)

TxDOTs Vehicle Titles and Registration Division (VTR) announced today that it will begin classifying all UTVs as All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), meaning the UTVs will no longer be allowed on public roads. UTVs with current registration will be allowed on the streets until the registration expires.

Brand names include but are not limited to Kawasaki Mule, John Deere Gator, Polaris Ranger, Yamaha Rhino and Grizzly, and Kubota RT..... <snip>
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Old 07-25-2009, 11:09 AM
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Jefferson County...and thats what I said...they sent me a letter revoking the registration, telling me that it could not be renewed.


The thing that I am debating is that mine says GC on the title...and golf carts CAN be registered in Texas...so I may try to register it again, just for ****s and giggles.
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Old 07-25-2009, 11:20 AM
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Note - LAWS have not changed, but DMV policy on issuing plates has changed. As I see it, SMV's don't require plates or registration - but without them, you're likely to get stopped. The DMV is seeking legislative clarity on the issue..

The 2nd option that I see is to have the thing *fully* street legal with no SMV restrictions.. IE - registering it just like a rail buggy... Any comments?
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:06 PM
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Yamaha Rhino has been classified as an ATV by "most" DMV workers so its going to be REAL hard IMO to get around that.

We went over and over this at the DMV office when I first registered mine. But at the time there was the SMV "loophole" that made it happen.
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That's what the DMV is doing here - basically they've stopped accepting the rhino as a utility vehicle and are trying to classify as an ATV.

The ATV designation currently requires and is defined as a 4-wheel vehicle with a "saddle" type seat... Unless legislation changes, I don't see that happening.. But the reasoning is obvious - ATVs are illegal on the street, period... No exceptions unless you're law enforcement.

My title classifies the rhino as type "MV" - is that the way yours are? I assume this means "motor vehicle"
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:34 PM
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No as I said above mine has been changed...its clearly marked as a GOLF CART now.

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Interesting... Hopefully DMV will get straightened out and these things will still be allowed on the road (low speed only).
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:12 PM
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I WORKED to get mine changed to GOLF CART, this is the only way they would register it...so I said what the hell..who cares.
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..so I said what the hell..who cares.
I care if it's the only way I can use the darn thing to do what I intend to do with it.. which is tow a jetski about 1/2 mile..
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:04 PM
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I meant I did not give a **** if they changed the title to say golf cart instead of utv...if that was the only way they were going to register it then so be it.




On another note...not to be a total ****head, but really......if you bought a UTV/ATV to tow your ski on a public road and plan on being mad if you cant then thats sorta your fault....its not a street legal vehicle.
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It was legal on TX streets under 35 mph up until 8/2008.. And actually they laws around it being legal have not changed, the DMV policy has.

I'm not mad at anyone - just trying to figure out the best way to be as law-abiding as I can. I live in a very rural area - there are actually a lot of ATVs in my neighborhoods (completely illegal) - it'd just be nice to have a legal vehicle for local use on roads under 35mph.

Right now, our area has a 50 year drought.. There isn't much water left to launch a ski in..
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:32 AM
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Your preaching to the choir...I have actually had mine registered here, I drove it on the streets for a year or better, until this new "idea" came about and they would not allow me to register it again as a SMV.


There is probably a way around the new rules, but I feel its going to be very hard.
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