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South Carolina State Motorcycle Laws

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Accept Motorcycle Endorsement From Other States
N/A
Daytime Use of Headlight
Required by state law; click then scroll down to S.C. Code 56-5-4460
Modulating headlight permitted per Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, 571.108
Eye Protection
Required by law under age 21, unless equipped with windscreen; click then scroll down to S.C. Code 56-5-3670 & 3680
Handlebar Height
No Restrictions
Helmet Speakers
No Restrictions
Lane Splitting
Not authorized; click then scroll down to S.C. Code 56-5-3640 (b), (c)
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Maximum Sound Level
No acoustical criteria.
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
One required by law; click then scroll down to S.C. Code 56-5-3650 (b)
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Yes; click then scroll down to S.C. Code 56-5-3640 (a),(d)
Muffler
Required, cut-outs prohibited; click then scroll down to S.C. Code 56-5-3640 (b),(c)
Passenger Age Restriction
None
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger; click then scroll down to S.C. Code 56-5-3650 (a)
Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger; click then scroll down to S.C. Code 56-5-3630 (a)
Periodic Safety Inspection
N/A
Radar Detector
No Restriction
Rider Education
Not Available
Rider-Education Waiver
Skill Test
Safety Helmet
Required by law under age 21, reflectorization required; click then scroll down to South Carolina Code of Laws 56-5-3660
State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/10)
Graduates of rider education program may apply for reduction in motorcycle insurance rates.
Traffic Actuated Signals
After a complete stop and waiting for a minimum of 120 seconds, motorcycles may treat a steady red light that does not change as a stop sign; S.C. Code 56-5-970 (5)
Turn Signals
Not Required

Off Road

Eye Protection
Not Required
Headlight
Not Required
Maximum Sound Level
No Limit
Minimum Operator Age
No Restriction
Muffler
Not Required
Operator License
Not Required
Registration
Not Required
Rider Education Certification
Not Required
Safety Helmet
Not Required
Spark Arrestor
Not Required
Taillight
Not Required
Trails Program
Not Available
Vehicle Title
Not Required
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