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South Carolina

Effective date of original law:
June 11, 1990

Ultimate Program Responsibility
State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education
111 Executive Center Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: 803-896-5320

Day-to-Day Administration
Ross McClellan
South Carolina Rider Education Program
1735 St. Julian Place; Suite 306
Columbia, SC 29204-2402
Phone: 803-779-5852
Fax: 803-765-2213

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Appropriation under Technical and Comprehensive Education Board’s budget for $100,000 per year.
  • Stipulated use of funds: N/A

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • N/A

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data:
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data: N/A
  • Data available in electronic format: N/A
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: N/A

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: N/A
  • Number of instruction sites: N/A
  • Types of providers: N/A

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: N/A
  • Students enrolled: N/A
  • No-shows or registration refunds: N/A
  • Time until course reaches capacity: N/A
  • Average waiting period to take course: N/A
  • Students on waiting list: N/A

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $150,000
  • Source of Federal funds: N/A
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: N/A
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $80
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: N/A
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: N/A
  • Advisory committee: N/A
  • Curricula approved by:
    State Board for Technical and
    Comprehensive Education
  • Process to modify curricula: N/A
  • Data collected for modifications: N/A
  • Validation process for modifications: N/A

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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • The coordinator selects and facilitates the training and certification of Instructors.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: N/A
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: N/A
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: N/A
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: N/A
  • Instructor demographics: N/A
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: N/A

Quality Control Procedures

  • N/A

Program Evaluation

  • N/A

Licensing Requirements

  • $2.50 permit issuance fee
  • Successful completion of vision test
  • Successful completion of knowledge test
  • Valid for 1 year


  • $12.50 fee
  • Rider must be 15 with or without successful completion of a rider education course.
  • Motorcycle license must be renewed every 5 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Department of Public Safety
  • Third-party testing: None
  • Agency responsible for training examiners: N/A

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Primary knowledge test used: Modified MSF
  • Skills test used: Local off-street


  • Rider education waiver: None
  • Reciprocity for rider education completed in another State: N/A
  • Reciprocal license waivers: Yes

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 94,888
  • Registered motorcycles: 51,436
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: N/A
  • Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: N/A
  • Operators licensed without rider education: N/A
  • Operators without license or proper endorsement: N/A

Motorcyclist Licensing System

  • Graduated licensing: None
  • Tiered licensing: None

Public Information and Education

  • Operator’s manual used:Modified Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
  • Annual budget for public information and education: N/A