Golf Cart Laws in South Carolina

February 13th, 2018 Posted by Driving Safety, Golf Carts

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.


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