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City of Charleston Golf Cart Registration Initiative

January 10, 2023

Charleston, S.C.–With the use of golf carts on public streets continuing to rise, the City of Charleston, in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, is actively enforcing state registration requirements.

This effort comes in response to citizens’ concerns about illegally parked golf carts, often in loading zones and residential areas. Once the carts have been properly registered, parking laws can be enforced in a fair and equal manner on all vehicles using the city right-of-way.

The cost to register a cart is $5.

Any unregistered golf carts parked in the public right-of-way will be booted, and the owner will be fined $50 to remove the boot and receive citations for any additional violations including lack of registration.

According to, to receive a golf cart permit, residents must complete the Golf Cart Permit Registration (SCDMV Form GC-2), provide proof of insurance for the golf cart, and provide a valid driver’s license number.

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