A dune buggy may be driven on public streets if the driver has complied with the state motor vehicle department's requirements for registering the vehicle for use on public streets, according to Trusted Choice. These requirements differ from those governing registration for recreational use, advises DoItYourself.com.
In order to register a dune buggy for use on a public street, most states require that dune buggies have evaporative emissions systems and have safety equipment, such as seat belts, headlights, taillights, turn signals and windshields, explains DoItYourself.com. You can register a dune buggy as a self-assembled vehicle or use the VIN number from the engine. Most states also require that you insure the dune buggy.