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Kure Beach Golf Cart Laws

Mostly, Kure Beach upholds golf cart laws that are standard across all golf cart-friendly towns of North Carolina. Like any other vehicle, golf carts must be tagged and licensed to be street-legal in Kure Beach. 


To be street legal in Kure Beach , your golf cart (or LSV) must have…

  • Headlights (2) and taillights (2)
  • Working turn signals and brake lights
  • Third brake light
  • License plate light
  • Four sets of seatbelts
  • Speedometer
  • Horn
  • DOT-approved tires and windshield
  • Working windshield wipers
  • Amber reflectors on all corners of the vehicle
  • Minimum speed capability of at least 21 miles per hour
  • Maximum speed capability of 25 miles per hour
  • One driver’s side external mirror
  • One internal mirror
  • A 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

*Information from the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 500 (49 CFR 571.500)

NOTE: Unlike some other North Carolina towns, Kure Beach only allows electric golf carts (not gas) to be driven within city limits.


Besides the above street-legal requirements, all Kure Beach golf cart operators must abide by the following North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) restrictions:

  • Golf carts must be driven by a licensed, legal aged individual (16 years of age or older). If you do not have a valid driver’s license (on your person while driving), you cannot operate a golf cart in Kure Beach.
  • Anyone who drives a golf cart in Kure Beach is liable and needs liability coverage that meets North Carolina’s minimum insurance requirements for motor vehicles on public highways.
  • Your golf cart must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • You can only drive your golf cart on streets with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less. NOTE: If you need to cross a road with a higher speed limit, you can as long as you take the most direct route to minimize your crossing distance.
  • Golf carts must NOT cross a control access facility (other than a bridge that crosses over or under a control access facility).
  • You must not possess or use alcohol or any other illegal drug while driving – or even have an open container of alcohol in your golf cart while operating.
  • Golf cart drivers must comply with all Kure Beach and North Carolina traffic laws concerning motor vehicles.
  • You may not exceed the maximum capacity of your golf cart as specified by the manufacturer.
  • You may not allow passengers to ride on non-seat parts of the golf cart (like cooler racks or golf bag racks).
  • Golf carts must be driven on the far right of the road and yield to pedestrians and other vehicle traffic.
  • If your golf cart does NOT have four working lights (two taillights and two headlights), you can only drive it during the day.

READ MORE:  Where to Park Your Golf Cart: Carolina Beach & Kure Beach


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