Golf carts are an enjoyable and easy means of transportation throughout neighborhoods in South Carolina. However, there are laws you must adhere to in order to drive a golf cart within legal limits.
What are the requirements to drive a golf cart?
- South Carolina law states that in order to drive a golf cart you must be at least 16 years of age with a valid driver’s license.
- In order to operate a golf cart off of private property, including neighborhood roads, you must register and purchase a permit from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. The permit is only $5.00.
Where can I drive a golf cart?
- Golf carts can be driven on secondary roads where the maximum speed limit is 35 MPH.
- They cannot be driven on primary roads.
- It depends on where you live. Some cities or counties allow you to go up to 4 miles outside of your house, while others local ordinances state that you must be within a two-mile radius of your house.
When can I drive a golf cart?
- You can only drive a golf cart during the daylight hours. They are forbidden to be driven during nighttime.
Can I get a DUI on a golf cart?
- YES. Do not operate a golf cart while driving under the influence. If pulled over, you will face the same charges as a driver of a car would.
Golf carts are intended for short trips at low speeds. When operating your golf cart on a residential road, never exceed the speed limit and stay aware of other vehicles on the road. If you or a loved one is involved in a golf cart accident or if you have any more questions about golf cart laws in South Carolina, please contact us for a free consultation at 843-225-2520.