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How To Find the VIN Number on a Go Kart

How To Find the VIN Number on a Go Kart

Every vehicle, including go-karts, has a VIN or vehicle identification number. This number makes it easier to identify the go-kart and displays its features and manufacturer information when looked up online or in a computer database. However, do you know how to find the VIN on a go-kart?

The VIN number on a go-kart is on the front side of the frame on either the passenger or driver side, depending on the model. It is a unique combination of 17 numbers printed horizontally onto the frame.

Go Karts are a unique alternative to a standard vehicle, but they can still be registered and used recreationally and to travel. So, keep reading to learn more about go-karts and how to get legal permission to use them on the road.

Where Is the VIN Number on a Go Kart?

The VIN number for a go-kart on the front of the frame, either on the passenger or driver side. Even if your go-kart seats one person, it should be on the front of the frame on either side. Look for a 17-digit number printed horizontally on the frame. Every VIN is unique and vehicle specific

The VIN is also called a serial number and these terms can be used interchangeably. If your VIN is in another language like Chinese, you can use VIN lookup websites to find the number for your kart.

What is a VIN Used For?

VINs are used to identify a go-kart and its manufacturer information like the specifications and model. They can also detail the history of a vehicle Each VIN is unique and searching for it online can help identify go-karts.

The VIN is also needed when registering go-karts so that people can drive them on public roads.

The first three numbers in the VIN are the world manufacturer number which is key to tying the go-kart to the company that made it.

The first number is the country where the kart was made, the second number is the manufacturer and their area within the manufacturing country, and the third number identifies the manufacturing division of the kart when combined with the first two.

Here’s a video showing where to find the VIN on side-by-side, the process is similar for offroad go karts:

This is where we got our Offroad Go Kart Buggy for the kids off Amazon. We went with the Trailmaster buggy but they also have smaller karts and all electric options with great reviews.

Does a Go-Kart Have to Be Registered Before Use?

Go Karts typically do not need a registration like a car or truck does. This is because they are considered low-speed vehicles. They cannot reach speeds as high as their counterparts and are not allowed on the road for safety reasons as a result. They can only run on private property and other pathways designated and cleared for go-karts

However, go-karts can be modified for use on the roadways, and they will need to be registered if the user wants to use the kart as a road-legal vehicle.

Registering a Go Kart For Road Use

To register a go-kart for road use, you have to follow several steps. They are as follows:

  1. Install the right safety equipment
  2. Perform a speed test
  3. Get a vehicle identification number and complete the registration

Let’s go over each of these steps in detail so you have a better idea of what to expect from each one.

Installing Safety Equipment on a Go Kart

Before a go-kart can be driven on the road, it needs the right safety features. These features include but are not limited to:

  • Headlights
  • Seat belt
  • Tail lights
  • Rearview mirrors
  • Brakes
  • Speedometer and odometer
  • Steering wheel
  • Engine hood cover
  • Windshield
  • Reflectors
  • Bumpers
  • Mufflers and exhaust
  • Turn signals

All of these are basic safety features found in modern vehicles. It is not enough to just add all of these features onto your go-kart, they must also be fully functional. Otherwise, you will not be able to protect yourself in the event of an accident.

Speed Testing Your Go-Kart

Once your go-kart is equipped with the proper safety features, it is time to put fuel in it and perform a speed test. The speed test has to be observed and scored by someone from the DMV in your state. All speed tests start with a safety gear check. When the safety inspection is complete, a driving test is done.

You can only receive a passing score on the speed and driving test if your go-kart reaches speeds of 25 mph or less. Low-speed vehicles like go-karts are not expected to reach the same top speeds as cars. There is a special indicator sticker you will receive so that others know your go-kart is a low-speed vehicle

Register Your Go Kart

Go-Karts are registered as low-speed vehicles through the DMV. You need the VIN of your go-kart to complete the registration. They should be used for short trips and do not need to follow the same strict rules as cars. Go-karts can only be registered if they weigh 300 lbs or less.

You also need to bring the required paperwork to register your go-kart.

The necessary documents include:

  • The bill of sale
  • Your driver’s license
  • And proof of car insurance

Insurance is important because it protects you and helps with the repairs in the event of an accident.

Once you complete registration you can apply for a VIN license plate for your go-kart at the DMV using its VIN. With the registration finished, you can take your go-kart on the road without the worry of getting into legal trouble.

The completed registration papers for a go-kart or other vehicle are also called a title, and you must keep them on your person at all times in case you need to present them to law enforcement or other authorities.

This is where we got our Offroad Go Kart Buggy for the kids off Amazon. We went with the Trailmaster buggy but they also have smaller karts and all electric options with great reviews.


The VIN for a go-kart is printed horizontally on either the right or left side of the front of the frame. It is a unique number that lists a kart’s specifications, manufacturer, and more and consists of 17 digits.

The VIN is necessary to register a go-kart so that it can be driven on public roads like a car. Registration cannot be completed without the VIN and it is needed to avoid legal trouble.

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