Thursday is the first opportunity for moped drivers to get a new operator’s license which will soon be required for those who lack a traditional driver’s license.
Beginning November 19, moped owners or operators must have their moped registered with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) to drive it legally on any state road. The change was required 18 months after Gov. Henry McMaster signed Act 89 in May 2017.
Moped owners can visit any SCDMV branch to register their moped.
“I’m pleased the General Assembly took an appropriate step to hold mopeds accountable on South Carolina’s roads,” SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo said in a release. “Requiring mopeds to be registered is a good step in making sure everyone who uses the roads of this state, regardless of the type of vehicle they are using, does so responsibly and fully accountable to the driving community.”
Other changes that will take effect November 19 include a mandatory helmet law for any passengers under 21 on a moped and a moped ban along any highway with a speed limit of 55 MPH or higher. Drivers will also be required to stay in the furthest right lane unless it puts their safety at risk.
Each properly registered moped will receive a unique, five-digit license plate on the back of the vehicle and the registration decal in the lower right-hand corner, similar to passenger vehicles. Moped operators will also be required to carry a registration card with them while operating. In addition to having a license plate and proper registration, the minimum age for receiving a moped, or Class G, operator’s license will be 15. Previously, 14-year-olds, with a qualifying adult’s permission, could apply for a moped license.
Those whose traditional driver’s license is suspended can still drive a moped, but must obtain the required Class G license.
Titling a moped will cost $15. Registering a moped will cost $10 every two years. Mopeds purchased after November 19 are subject to the five percent tax, capped at $500 in addition to title and registration fees.
For the most up-to-date information, visit SCDMVonline.com and follow the agency on Facebook and Twitter.