Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs)

Do you know… driving around Seabrook Island on a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) requires a valid driver’s license?

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SIPOA Rules and Regulations specifies that drivers must have a valid driver’s license to operate NEVs on island roads. An NEV is a Low-Speed Vehicle (LSV) that has a VIN number and a license plate like a car. An NEV is not a golf cart.

To read the SCDMV Low-Speed Vehicle Registration Requirements Information Sheet and obtain a copy of the online application for Low-Speed Vehicles, visit Click on “Forms and Manuals” and search for Low Speed Vehicle.

  • All vehicles, including NEVs, must comply with SC motor vehicle laws, including seat belts, which everyone must wear. In addition, all NEVs operated after sunset and before daybreak must be equipped with proper lights and reflectors.
  • SIPOA requires that NEVs display a valid, barcoded entry device.
  • Motorcycles, motorized scooters, mopeds, go-carts, motorized skateboards or similar motorized vehicles are not permitted on Seabrook Island unless authorized by SIPOA for special purposes or events on a case-by-case basis.
  • Golf carts are not permitted on SIPOA roads, bicycle paths or boardwalks, except when crossing the road while playing golf.

These are taken from SIPOA Rules and Regulations, Section III. D. 1. f, g, k, and 2.

Property owners should share this information with visitors and rental guests.

Tidelines Editors

Updated February 2023

Updated February 2023