Golf Cart Permits

Carolina Beach
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A golf cart permit authorizes the operation of a golf cart on roads posted 35 miles per hour or less

The permit must be attached to the front, lower corner of the driver's side of the windshield of the golf cart. 

No golf cart shall be driven in Carolina Beach without a permit.

The annual fee(s) for a golf cart permit are as follows:

  • Resident/Property Owner-State Registered Cart          $ 10.00
  • Resident/Property Owner Non - registered Cart          $ 15.00
  • Non-resident                                                                       $ 75.00

Permits expire December 31st each year.

NOTE: ATV’s, Gators and Mules are NOT considered golf carts.

  • All persons who operate or ride upon golf carts do so at their own risk and must be observant to the safety of themselves, their passengers, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • The Town of Carolina Beach has no liability for permitting carts to be operated in the town.  The owner and operator of the cart are responsible for any liability involved in using a cart. Carts must have liability insurance coverage.
  • Drivers of carts shall stay to the far right of the road and yield the right-of-way to overtaking motor vehicles.
  • Cart operating between one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset shall be equipped with and have in use headlights and reflectors located on the rear of the cart.
  • Carts shall have at least one operational mirror allowing the operator to see behind the cart.
  • No one is allowed to stand on the cart while it is in operation and may only have the appropriate number of passengers that it is designed to carry.
  • The operator of the golf cart must possess a valid driver’s license or must have a driver's permit and be accompanied by a licensed driver.
  • On town property or public right of ways, golf carts are only allowed to park in designated parking spaces. Golf carts parked outside of these designated areas are subject to parking penalty fees or removal by tow.
  • North Carolina laws as found G.S. § 20-138, regarding use of alcoholic beverages apply to golf cart regulation in the Town of Carolina Beach.
Click here to download and print a golf cart permit.