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Golf Carts & Low Speed Vehicles 

Know the Difference

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between a golf cart and low-speed vehicle (LSV)? 

SC Code of Laws, Section 56-2-100 through 56-2-120 explains difference between a golf cart and LSV and SC laws for operating both.  CLICK HERE (SC Code of Laws, link)

2.  Do I have to get a permit or license for a golf cart of LSV?

Yes.  Visit SCDMV site for permit information 

3.  Where is closest Department of Motor Vehicle Office?
East Cooper Service in Mt. Pleasant (Click Here for office hours) , just off the IOP Connector, is the closest convenience center.  Address is 1189 Sweetgrass Basket Parkway, Mt. Pleasant. Phone (843) 856-1203

4.  Who can operate a golf cart or LSV?  
Operators of both golf carts and LSV's must possess, and have on his/her person, a valid driver's license.  

5.  Are there restrictions to when and where I can take a golf cart or LSV on SI?

Golf carts:  must operate in daylight hours only and on secondary roads.  Golf carts must stay off of primary roads and bridges.  Jasper Boulevard is a primary road per SCDMV and you cannot use a golf cart to traverse Breach Inlet bridge or Ben Sawyer Bridge.

Low Speed Vehicles:  may operate at night 

Both Golf Carts & LSV Restrictions:  
a.  Do not operate (or park) on the beach or on beach paths. 
b.  Do not operate (or park) in public parks (Stith & Citadel parks)
c.  No alcohol in either vehicle
d.  Park both vehicles as you would a car, in a designated parking spot, to avoid ticketing

Essentially, treat a golf cart (or LSV) like you would a car (except golf cart restrictions to daylight operation and secondary road use), not a bicycle, but remember a golf cart lacks the safety protections of an automobile.    


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