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Old 07-12-2014, 06:05 PM   #1
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Laugh South Carolina and title/plate dirt bikes for use on highway

Hi Guys

I tried searching, but I am having difficulty

So, I would like to ask the question

I own a 1999 DR350X...the dirt model, NON-DOT
but it is minimally street legal here in Arizona.
Has a REAL TITLE and a License Plate for on-road usage.
I could ride it all across the state on US Interstates and Arizona Main Highway Routes IF my butt could handle the seat for many hours.

IF I sold this bike with title to my son in South Carolina,
would he be able to get it registered, titled, and plated to be able
to ride it ALL OVER the state and all over all of the dirt roads & trails
there within the state of South Carolina?

thanks in advance
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:17 AM   #2
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not sure if this is still relevant, but I just ran across your post.

I just went through this with a converted XR650R I bought from a guy in Michigan... In the end, it's a simple answer... As long as it's titled for highway use (in any state) it can be transferred to SC. Otherwise, it cannot be plated.

I had a long conversation with a lady at the DMV about this, and it sounds like SC used to let you add lights and blinkers... Then they would title the bike. This ended in 2010.
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:33 PM   #3
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Very late reply- SC never required lights and blinkers or anything to title and license dirt bikes. They wouldn't even know as they don't look at the bike.

There was an annual inspection program way back, but I think it ended in the late 70's.

However- if you didn't have lights (headlight/taillight/stop light) you could be ticketed. Blinkers were not and I believe still are not technically required in SC for a motorcycle.

I have a 98 XR400 and a 00 KDX200 licensed in SC since about maybe 2002. I am able to renew them every year. It is near impossible to license a dirt bike here now that wasn't already licensed here way back or somewhere else.

BTW I have been stopped by law enforcement numerous times on my licensed bike in both SC and NC- they are always shocked I have a license and insurance and let me go...kind of a PITA though

I'd love to hear from the OP as to how it worked out for him.

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