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Can I Drive a Golf Cart on Public Roads?

While the South Carolina government doesn’t place restrictions on golf cart use on private property, there are several restrictions for use on public roads. You need a valid driver’s license, a golf cart permit decal, title, proof of liability insurance, and must pay five dollars to SCDMV. Permits need to be renewed every five years or if you move. Additionally, Golf carts can only be driven on public roads during daylight hours. Finally, golf carts may only be driven on secondary streets and roads with speed limits of 35 mph or less. These streets and roads must be within four miles of the address listed on the cart’s registration or within four miles of the entrance to a gated community.

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