Are Golf Carts on Street Legal?


This help article only applies to golf carts. also lists LSVs (Low Speed Vehicles) which although look very similar to golf carts they are a different category of carts with different regulations and legal distinctions. Learn more about the differences between golf carts & LSVs here: What are the differences between golf carts and LSVs?.

Q: Are golf carts on street legal?

A: Yes, the golf carts listed on are indeed street legal. However, it's important to note that the operation of golf carts on public streets is regulated by local and state laws, which may vary slightly.

Q: What does "street legal" mean?

A: When a golf cart is considered "street legal," it means that golf cart has been registered with the local Department of Motor Vehicles. A Local Cart only approves golf carts to be listed for rent that meet the minimum requirements to be registered with the DMV in the jurisdiction where the cart owner operates.

Q: What limitations apply to golf cart operations in South Carolina?

Note: these limitations as well as any additional limitations in A Local Cart's Renter terms must be followed to rent & operate a golf cart through A Local Cart.

A: The limitations for golf cart operations in SC are:

  • Golf carts may only be driven on streets with a posted speed of 35 mph or less.
  • Golf carts may only be operated during daylight hours.
  • Driver must be at least 16 years old with a valid drivers license.

Check the SCDMV's website for a full breakdown here.

Q: How can I find out about local golf cart laws?

A: You should contact local law enforcement or the department of motor vehicles in the area where you will be using the golf cart for accurate and up-to-date information. It's essential to ensure you are following all local laws and regulations to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Remember, while all golf carts on are permitted & licensed to be operated in the jurisdiction where they are listed, it's your responsibility to use them in a manner consistent with local laws and regulations.

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