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South Carolina state motorcycle laws
Safety Helmet Required by law under age 21, reflectorization required
State Funded Rider Ed Not Available
Eye Protection Required by law under age 21, unless equipped with windscreen
Daytime Use of Headlight Required by law-modulating headlight permitted
Passenger Seat Required if carrying a passenger
Passenger Footrest Required if carrying a passenger
Passenger Age Restriction None
Helmet Speakers No Restrictions
Periodic Safety Inspection N/A
Mirror Left(L) Right(R) One required by law
Radar Detector No Restriction
Turn Signals Not Required
Muffler No acoustical criteria.
Maximum Sound Level No acoustical criteria.
State Insurance Requirements Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/10) - Graduates of rider education program may apply for reduction in motorcycle insurance rates.
Handlebar Height No restrictions
Rider-Education Waiver Skill Test
Accept Motorcycle Endorsement From Other States N/A
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane Yes. SECTION 56-5-3640. Motorcycle entitled to full use of lane; riding two or more abreast; overtaking and passing; operation in other instances. [SC ST SEC 56-5-3640] (a) All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane. This shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.
Lane Splitting SECTION 56-5-3640. Motorcycle entitled to full use of lane; riding two or more abreast; overtaking and passing; operation in other instances. [SC ST SEC 56-5-3640] b) The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. (c) No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic, or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
Safety Helmet Not Required
Eye Protection Not Required
Minimum Operator Age No Restriction
Rider Education Certification Not Required
Operator License Not Required
Headlight Not Required
Taillight Not Required
Muffler Not Required
Maximum Sound Level No Limit
Spark Arrestor Not Required
Registration Not Required
Vehicle Title Not Required