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You may hear an ATV referred to as a four-wheeler.
What is an ATV?
All-terrain vehicles are designed primarily for off-road travel and are no more than 50 inches wide. They may have three or more low-pressure tires and handle bars for steering. They 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
If you own an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), you may title it by submitting all of the following:
- Completed Application for Title (SCDMV Form 400)
- Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin or previous title properly assigned to the applicant
- Sales tax (there is no maximum sales tax on ATVs)
ATVs must have all of the following equipment in good working condition:
- An effective muffler system
- USDA Forest Service approved spark arrester
- Brake system
What is against the law when it comes to an ATV?
It is against the law to remove the age restriction warning label attached to the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) by the manufacturer.
You cannot drive an ATV:
- More than 30 minutes after sunset or more than 30 minutes before sunrise unless headlights are one
- Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- In a reckless manner
Parents or guardians cannot allow:
- Anyone less than six to drive an ATV
- Anyone 16 or younger to drive an ATV unless with an adult
- Anyone less than 16 drive an ATV with a passenger who is not an adult
- Anyone less than 16 to drive an ATV in violation of the warning label on the vehicle
- Anyone 15 or younger to:
- Drive an ATV without successfully completing a “hands-on” ATV safety course approved by the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute (AVSI)
- Drive or ride an ATV in South Carolina without a helmet and eye protection