Can you drive a golf cart through the streets of South Carolina?


Golf carts drive along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.

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Golf carts are an easy way to navigate between holes. But how about using one to get to the nearby gas station for a snack?

Chances are you can pull it off. Doing it legally is another matter.

Golf carts can be driven on South Carolina roads, but only under tightly defined rules. According to South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

  • The golf cart must stay within 4 miles of your home or business where it is legal to drive.
  • The golf cart can only be used on roads with posted speed limits of 35 mph or less.
  • Golf cart must be insured, licensed, and registered with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • The golf cart can only be used during the day.
  • The driver must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license.

To obtain a golf cart license from the SCDMV, you must do all of the following:

Once the golf cart license and registration document has been issued, you must affix the license sticker to the golf cart and keep the registration document in the golf cart at all times.

To find an SCDMV office near you, click on here.

Patrick McCreless is the on-duty journalism editor for The State, where he and a team of reporters write about the hottest news of the day and topics that help readers in their daily lives and better inform them about their communities. He attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama and grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL.