DMV Driver Handbook in South Carolina
The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has various DMV handbooks and drivers manuals available for download, including the SC driver's manual, commercial driver's license manual, and motorcycle handbook. You can also download the South Carolina vehicle code for information on traffic laws in the state.
The SC driver manual offers valuable information on licensing, driver safety, and more. Continue reading this page for links to various DMV handbooks and driving manuals in South Carolina.
The main subjects include:
- Rules of the road.
- Driver's license classes.
- The DMV road test in SC.
- Traffic signs, vehicle safety and speed limits.
If you'd like to obtain a hard copy of the driving manual:
- Visit your local SC DMV office.
- Pay a $5 fee.
Although studying the SC DMV manual is a great way to prepare for the written test, it can be a little time consuming. Our suggestion is to prepare with an online practice test offered by our approved partner. You can slash your study time by quizzing yourself with refreshable questions, and give yourself the prep you need to pass your exam on the first try!
You'll need to read the Chapter 5: Motorcycle Information of the South Carolina driver's manual to prepare for the knowledge test in South Carolina. Topics include:
- How to apply for an SC motorcycle license.
- Road test.
- Hazardous driving conditions.
- Traffic signs and signals.
- Riding techniques.
In addition to reading the motorcycle driving manual, you can also study further by taking a Motorcycle Practice Test.
Prior to applying for your commercial driver's license (CDL) in South Carolina, you'll need to study the South Carolina Commercial Driver License Manual (REV 2015). Topics included in the CDL DMV handbook include the following:
- Applying for a CDL (including fees).
- Driving exam.
- Transporting passengers and cargo safely.
- Hazardous materials.
- Air brakes.
- Tank vehicles.
- CDL driver disqualifications.
- Becoming an organ donor.
To get ready for the CDL knowledge exam, you can take a practice test online in addition to studying the CDL drivers handbook. For more information about obtaining a SC CDL, visit our Applying for a New CDL page.
Need additional resources besides the South Carolina driver handbook and other manuals?
Browse the SC Motor Vehicle Code online for detailed information about the laws related to traffic violations, driver licenses, and motor vehicles in South Carolina.