Motorcycle License in South Carolina

Getting a Motorcycle License

South Carolina requires that you pass vision, written, and skills tests to get your motorcycle license.

Chapter 5: Cycles of the South Carolina Driver License Manual, available online using the free Adobe Reader, covers everything you need to know about motorcycles and mopeds. Or, you can pick up a copy at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to study before taking any of the tests.

The state's Motorcycle Manual section outlines the highlights of the chapter, as well.

The state's motorcycle manual provides guidelines for choosing a helmet.

All applicants must be at least 15 years old and held a permit for at least 180 days.

Note that all applicants under 18 years old must also have a parent or legal guardian present when signing the application.

If you are an adult driver 18 years old or older, you will need to take the following information and identification to the DMV when you apply for your motorcycle license:

  • Certified birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of insurance
  • The appropriate fees―$12.50 for 5 years and $25 for 10 years. Your fees may vary.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers a safety course for motorcycle riders throughout the state.

The course is offered over consecutive weekends, or a few days. It provides riders with hands-on motorcycle driving experience and covers all aspects of bike riding. Taking the course will also help reduce your insurance rates.


People wishing to operate a moped in South Carolina must be at least 14 years old, already have a driver's license, motorcycle license, permit, or moped license.

Applicants for a moped operator's license are required to submit the same documents as for any other license.

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