What is an ATV?
vehicles (ATV) are designed primarily for off-road travel on low-pressure
tires, which have three or more wheels, and handle bars for steering. ATVs do
not include lawn tractors, battery-powered children’s toys or a vehicle that is
required to be licensed or titled for highway use.
Titling an ATV
An owner of an ATV may make application for a title by submitting
the following to the Department of Motor Vehicles:
Completed DMV title application Form 400 for a title only
Manufacturer's certificate of origin or previous title properly assigned to the applicant
$15.00 title fee
Sales tax (there is no maximum sales tax on ATV's)
For additional information on titling an ATV reference SC Code of Law 56-19-1010,
1020, and 1030.
South Carolina’s ATV
became effective on July 1, 2011. The legislation provides safety regulations
and requirements for operating ATVs. This information is a summary of the
safety regulations and requirements found in the SC Code of laws pertaining to
ATVs (Title 50, Chapter 26).
must have the following equipment in good working (operating) condition:
An effective muffler system
USDA Forest Service approved spark arrester
against the law for:
Anyone to remove the Age Restriction Warning Label affixed to the ATV by the manufacturer.
Anyone to operate an ATV:
Parents or legal guardians to allow anyone less than:
six years of age to operate an ATV.
sixteen years of age to carry a passenger while operating an ATV
sixteen years of age to operate an ATV in violation of the Age Restriction Warning Label affixed by the manufacturer of the ATV.
Anyone sixteen years of age or younger to operate an ATV unless accompanied by an adult.
Anyone fifteen years old or younger to:
Institute of America
All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute
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