Growing Popularity of Golf Cart Transportation in Neighborhoods and Beyond

July 9, 2024

Golf carts are no longer confined to the greens of golf courses. Increasingly, people are using these convenient vehicles in neighborhoods, campgrounds, and around lakes to get from one place to another. While they may appear to be a fun and easy mode of transportation, golf carts come with specific risks and regulations that must be followed to ensure safety and compliance with the law.

Golf carts are not toys. Before taking a golf cart for a drive, it is essential to adhere to the following checklist:

  1. Insurance, Permit, and Registration: The golf cart must be insured, permitted, and registered with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV). For more information and to complete the necessary steps, visit SCDMV’s website.
  2. Geographical Limits: The golf cart must remain within four miles of the address listed on the SCDMV permit.
  3. Road Restrictions: Golf carts may only be operated on roads with posted speeds of 35 mph or less.
  4. Operating Hours: Golf carts are restricted to daylight operation only.
  5. Driver Requirements: The driver must be at least 16 years old and possess a valid driver’s license.

By following these guidelines, golf cart owners and operators can enjoy the convenience and fun of this mode of transportation while ensuring their safety and the safety of others.