Golf Cart Regulations in Isle of Palms, SC

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ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Residents of Isle of Palms use golf carts as a popular mode of transportation, however many are not aware of the certain laws regarding the use of golf carts in South Carolina.

Earlier this month, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed into law a measure that would allow municipalities in a county with a population of no less than 150,000 and no more than 250,000 persons, to put in place an ordinance allowing for the operation of a golf cart at night provided that the golf cart is equipped with working headlights and rear lights.

Although this law was signed, the regulation does not apply to Isle of Palms because Charleston County has a population of over 250,000.

According to Mayor Cronin, “Such advocacy for allowing golf carts to be operated at night in communities such as IOP in Charleston County, should be directed to representation in the South Carolina Legislature. The City of Isle of Palms’ regulations must be consistent with state law.”

If you drive your golf cart on a public road, it is required to have a permit or registration certificate from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.  If you have a permit more than five years old, a new one should be issued.  These permits are available at any SCDMV branch office.  Having this permit allows a licensed driver to commandeer a golf cart during daylight hours on a secondary highway or street within four miles of their residence or place of business.

A person operating a permitted golf cart must also be at least 16 years of age and hold a valid driver’s license. It is illegal for children or unlicensed drivers to drive a golf cart on a public road, which includes your neighborhood. The operator of a permitted golf cart must have in their possession the registration certificate issued by the SCDMV, proof of liability insurance for the golf cart and a driver’s license.

More information regarding state regulations for operating golf carts is available on the city’s website at

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