South Carolina Motorcycle License

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South Carolina Motorcycle License is required in order to legally ride a motorcycle on any road or street within South Carolina.

Getting a Motorcycle License

To apply for a motorcycle license, South Carolina DMV requires you to take and pass written, vision and skill tests. The South Carolina Driver License Manual contains information about mopeds and motorcycles. This manual can be accessed online using Adobe Reader. You can also get a copy of this manual from your local DMV. You will need to master everything in this manual before taking any test. The South Carolina Motorcycle Manual provides guidelines of choosing a motorcycle helmet and other protective gears.


You must be 15 years old or older and possess a permit for 180 days. If you are a minor, you must be accompanied by your parent or guardian to sign your applications. If you are 18 years old or older, you will need to present yourself to the nearest DMV office to apply for a motorcycle license or endorsement. You will need to take the following information with you:

  • Proof of identification; the certified birth certificate is preferred.
  • Social Security card.
  • Proof of South Carolina residency.
  • Proof of motorcycle insurance.
  • The appropriate fees: $12.50 for 5 years motorcycle or $25 for 10 years.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides a motorcycle safety course for all riders within the state. This course is usually offered over the weekends. It provides motorcycle riders with firsthand experience on bike riding. If you take this course, you are more likely to pay low insurance rates.


If you plan to operate a moped in South Carolina, you must have a South Carolina driver’s license, permit, motorcycle license or moped license. Additionally, you must be 14 years old. To apply for a moped operator’s license, you will need to submit the same paperwork as for any other license.