If you are 15, you may apply for a moped operator's, or Class G, license by taking the vision and knowledge test at any SCDMV branch. South Carolina does not require a skills test for moped applicants. You must have a valid driver's license or moped license to drive a moped. Additionally, your moped must be registered.
If you are 16 or older with a moped license, you may drive a moped alone at any time.
Anyone younger than 16 with a moped license may operate a moped:
- Alone only during daylight hours; and
- During nighttime hours when with a licensed driver who is 21 or older and has at least one year of driving experience. That driver must be a passenger on the moped or within a safe viewing distance of the moped driver when operating the moped.
A moped license costs $25 and is valid for eight years.
When you are issued any SC license or ID card, any driver's licenses and ID cards previously issued by another jurisdiction (state or province) will be cancelled. If a license or ID card is later issued to you by another jurisdiction, your SC moped license will be cancelled automatically.
Follow these steps to get a moped license:
- Complete the Application for a Moped License (SCDMV Form 447-NC).
- If you are under 18, bring an adult who fits into one of the categories on the Consent for Minor(SCDMV Form 447-CM) form with you to sign consent.
- Provide your social security number. The number must match your legal name and date of birth on file with the Social Security Administration.
- Bring your original birth certificate to prove your identity.
- Bring proof of your current, physical SC address (two proofs of address for a REAL ID card).
- Pass the vision and knowledge tests.
You must present the correct documents that prove your identity to receive a moped license. You can find a complete list of accepted documents on the United States Citizens' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93) and the International Customers' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-94).