In the State of South Carolina, mopeds must be registered and have a license plate. It is optional to title a moped. Mopeds do not have to carry insurance, and moped owners do not owe property taxes to the county in which they reside to register their moped.
You must be at least 15 to get a moped license. If you are under the age of 21, you must wear a helmet while riding a moped.
Register my Moped
To register your moped in South Carolina, you must bring all of the following to an SCDMV branch:
- Completed Application to Title and/or Register a Moped (SCDMV Form 400)
- Bill of sale and vehicle registration certificate, manufacturer's certificate of origin, or documentation showing you are the legal and rightful owner of the moped
- Model name, serial number or other identifying number, date of sale, total cubic centimeters or wattage for engine, new or used condition
- Transfer plate number, if applicable
- Registration fee
You will leave the SCDMV with a temporary license plate. This will be your plate until your permanent moped plate arrives in the mail. You must replace your temporary plate with your permanent plate as soon as it arrives. When driving the moped, it must have its plate and registration card on it at all times.
Drivers who own or register mopeds must also pay the infrastructure maintenance fee (IMF) if it's not collected when purchasing the moped. The IMF owed is equal to 5% of the purchase price, but it will be no more than $500. Registration for mopeds lasts two years.
Title my Moped
South Carolina law does not require mopeds to be titled, but titling your moped adds an additional layer of protection for yourself as the owner. In addition to having the model name, serial or other identifying number, date of sale, total cubic centimeters or wattage for engine, and new or used condition, you must also bring all of the following to a SCDMV branch:
- Completed Title Application (SCDMV Form 400)
- Manufacturer's certificate of origin or previous title
- Title fee