Vehicle Code in South Carolina

Motor Vehicle Code in South Carolina

For detailed information about motor vehicles, traffic laws, driver's licenses and the SC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), you can turn to the South Carolina motor vehicle code. Within the vehicle code you'll find the motor vehicle rules and regulations as they were written by the legislature.

If you've received a traffic ticket and you want to figure out whether or not you'd be able to fight and dismiss the ticket, the motor vehicle code is a great first place to look. If you want to gain a better understanding of the South Carolina traffic laws to reduce your chances of committing traffic violations in the future, the vehicle code can be a valuable resource.

On this page you'll find an overview of how to access the South Carolina motor vehicle code, some of the topics you'll find within it, and how to utilize its search function.

The Basics of the S.C. Vehicle Code

The South Carolina Code of Laws is divided into titles, or sections. This code is the governing law of the state, covering all aspects of state government. As a resident of, and driver in, South Carolina, it's beneficial to be familiar with and be able to search the code.

Suppose you are in the military and need to know about SC driver's licenses for you and your spouse. Or, imagine you have purchased a lemon and want to read up on express warranties in South Carolina. The motor vehicle code covers all of the fine print.

Title 56: Motor Vehicles

Motor vehicle laws, grouped under Title 56, cover such things as road rules, car dealerships, and traffic tickets.

Just a few of topics covered under Title 56 include:

  • Driver's license.
  • Vehicle registration and titling.
  • Traffic tickets.
  • Road tax on motor carriers
  • Criminal penalties.
  • Driver training schools.
  • Professional housemoving.

Searching the Code

The motor vehicle code is a great resource should you need to research almost any issue concerning the operation of your vehicle, but trying to find a particular topic can be daunting unless you know how to read and search the South Carolina vehicle code.

There is a search option available on the motor vehicle code page, so you can type in keywords and find specific sections of the motor vehicle code to fit your needs. The South Carolina vehicle code also covers other topics too, so you may want to spend some time studying the different laws.

Your SC Driver's License Status

Whenever you would like to check the status of your South Carolina driver's license, you can order a driving record report. Should your driver's license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what's on record with the SC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This report will also show points against your driver's license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.

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