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  Three Wheeled Motorcycles
Trike Frequently Asked Questions

Although the skills required to operate a three-wheeled motorcycle are similar to those required for a two-wheeled motorcycle, the licensing requirements are not the same. To operate a three-wheeled motorcycle, you must have a Class M motorcycle and one of two types of license endorsements. To obtain the appropriate endorsement, you must pass knowledge and skills tests for a three-wheeled vehicle.

 

What kind of license do I need to operate a two-wheeled motorcycle?

To operate a two-wheeled motorcycle only, you must have a Class M motorcycle license.

 

What kind of license do I need to operate a three-wheeled motorcycle?

To operate a three-wheeled motorcycle only, you must have a Class M motorcycle license with a D endorsement.

 

What kind of license do I need to operate both two and three-wheeled motorcycles?  

You must have a Class M motorcycle license with a C endorsement to operate both two and three-wheeled motorcycles.

 

What materials should I study for the three-wheeled motorcycle knowledge and skills tests?

The South Carolina Trike Manual is available on the SCDMV web site at www.scdmvonline.com and at any SCDMV office.

 

Where can I take the knowledge and skills tests for the Class M motorcycle license the three-wheeled motorcycle endorsements?

You may take the knowledge test at any SCDMV office. You may take the skills test at any of the following SCDMV offices that offer commercial driver license testing:

 

COUNTY          OFFICE LOCATIONS

Aiken               1913 Ascauga Lake Road, N. Augusta

Allendale         3657 Allendale Fairfax Road, Fairfax

Beaufort           28 Munch Drive, Beaufort

Berkeley         135 Wimberly Drive,  Ladson

Charleston      3790 Leeds Avenue, N. Charleston

                       135 Wimberly Drive,  Ladson

Chester           508 Belt Road, Chester

Cherokee        451 Hyatt Street, Gaffney

Chesterfield    100 Laney Street, Chesterfield

Colleton          102 Mable T. Willis Blvd., Walterboro

Dillon              1705 Hwy 301 South, Dillon

Dorchester       5315 E. Bilton Blvd., St. George

Florence          3102 E. Palmetto Street, Florence

                        728 S. Ron McNair Blvd., Lake City

Georgetown     214 Ridge Street, Georgetown

Greenville        1310 North Main Street, Fountain Inn

                        15 Saluda Dam Road, Greenville

Greenwood      510 W. Alexander Ext., Greenwood

Horry                4103 Hwy 701 North, Conway

Jasper              407 Live Oak Drive, Ridgeland

Kershaw          1056 Ehrenclou Drive, Camden

Laurens            390 Fairgrounds Road, Laurens 

                        1310 North Main Street, Fountain Inn

Lee                  508 South Lee Street, Bishopville

Lexington        122 Park Road, Lexington

                        1016 Broadstone Road, Irmo

Marlboro          337 Hwy 9 West, Bennettsville

McCormick       504 Airport Road, McCormick

Oconee            13009 South Radio Station Road, Seneca

Orangeburg     1720 Charleston Hwy., Orangeburg

Pickens            2133 Gentry Memorial Hwy., Pickens

Richland          1016 Broadstone Road, Irmo

                        1630 Shop Road, Columbia

Spartanburg    1625 Southport Road, Spartanburg

Sumter             430 South Pike Street, Sumter

Williamsburg   785 Eastland Avenue, Kingstree

York                 305 Hands Mill Road, Rock Hill

 

South Carolina Helmet Law

South Carolina law requires persons under the age of 21 to wear a motorcycle helmet and eye protection while operating a two-wheeled or three-wheeled motorcycle. Passengers under 21 years of age must also wear a helmet.

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