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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.  No golf cart shall be driven in Carolina Beach without a permit.  The permit must be attached to the front, lower corner of the driver's side windshield of the golf cart. The annual fee for a golf cart permit is set July 1st each budget year, and permits expire December 31st each calendar year.

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

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            $ 10.00
  • Non-resident                                                                  $ 75.00


The following Golf Cart Rules for Carolina Beach are effective January 1, 2018:

  • All golf carts shall only be driven on roads posted 35 miles per hour or less.
  • All golf carts must have liability insurance coverage.
  • Seat belts are required for every person seated on all golf carts. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers, including children.
  • All golf carts must be equipped with headlights, tail lights, and turn signal lamps.
  • All golf carts shall be equipped with at least one fixed operational mirror allowing the operator to see behind the cart.
  • All required safety equipment must be installed to NCDOT specifications and in place before the golf cart is registered with the town.
  • The operator of a golf cart must be at least 16 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Drivers of golf carts shall stay to the far right of the traveled portion of the road and yield the right-of-way to overtaking motor vehicles.
  • No one is allowed to stand on a golf cart while it is in operation, and a golf cart may only transport the appropriate amount of people it is designed to carry.
  • Any person who operates a golf cart on public streets and roads must adhere to all applicable State and local laws, regulations, and ordinances, including but not limited to those banning the possession and use of alcoholic beverages, and all other illegal drugs. In addition, no golf cart containing any open container of alcohol shall be operated on public roads.
  • The operator of the golf cart shall comply with all traffic rules and regulations adopted by the State of North Carolina and the Town of Carolina Beach which governs the operation of motor vehicles.

CLICK HERE to download and print a golf cart permit.