South Carolina DMV Practice Tests

Are you getting your South Carolina driver's license? If so, then you may want to take a practice test first. Tests like the South Carolina road signs practice test and the South Carolina driver's license renewal test can be a big help.

Your South Carolina DMV Practice Tests

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Your South Carolina DMV Handbooks

Before you take a practice test make sure you've reviewed the South Carolina drivers handbook. You will be tested on this content! Find them online below:

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South Carolina Driver’s License Resources

Here is our list of recommended resources to use toward getting your South Carolina driver’s license:

Teen Permit Test

For those who are getting their permit or who are learning to drive for the first time, the South Carolina teen permit test is a must-have practice test. You can’t get the permit, or the South Carolina driver's license, without taking this test, so isn’t an option to skip the studying.

Renewing Driver’s License Test

The South Carolina driver’s license renewal test is specifically for those who are renewing their license, but have five or more points on their driving record within the past two years. Otherwise, you do not have to take the test.

New to State Driver’s License Test

If you are new to South Carolina, then you’ll need to take the South Carolina new to state driver’s license test to get a license for this state. You only have to do this if your old state license is expired. Otherwise, you can get a South Carolina driver's license without taking the test.

State Driving Manual / Handbook

Of course, these tests are just half of what you need to get your driver’s license. You aren’t going to know any of the answers without reading the South Carolina driving manual first. Click the link to download the handbook and to learn the answers to all these tests.

Road Signs Practice Test

Every state has at least one road sign question, and some states have a separate road signs test. South Carolina is no exception, so the South Carolina road signs practice test is a very useful preparation tool toward getting your license. You need to know the signs for both the written portion and the on-road test.

South Carolina Driver’s License Blog Posts

We also have our daily driver blog that publishes posts about preparing for the test, getting your driver’s license, and current driving laws. Below are a few links we recommend reading so that you are not only prepared to take the driver’s license test, but also prepared to drive with your license in the state:

DUI Fines & Punishments

Driver’s Ed or No Driver’s Ed?

Safe Driving Tips for Driving Test – Unfamiliar Traffic Situations

South Carolina DMV Driving Test Info

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 30 questions on the test.

How many questions must you get right?

You must answer at least 24 questions correctly in order to pass.

If you fail when can you retake the test?

You can retake the test again in 1 day.

How many times can you retake the test?

There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the written test.

Who has to take the written test? Teens of what ages?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass the written test. Teens can take the test if they are at least 17 years old and have held a beginner’s permit for at least 6 months. If they’re under 18 years of age, they will also need parental consent.

Are you required to take the written test when renewing, and if so every time you renew or just sometimes? What are the conditions if just sometimes?

You do not have to retake the written test when you renew your license unless you have 5 or more points against your driving record in the last 2 years.

If you’re new to state are you required to take the written test?

If you hold a valid driver’s license from another state then you are not required to take either part (written or on-road) of the driver’s examination. However, if your out-of-state license has expired then you will be required to take both the written and on-road tests when applying for your South Carolina license.

Who has to take the behind the wheel / on-road driving test?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass both the written and driving tests. Additionally, you will also be required to re-pass both tests if your driver’s license has expired and you want to renew it, or if your out-of-state license has expired and you want to transfer is to South Carolina.

South Carolina DMV Motorcycle Permit Test Info

How old must you be to take the written test?

You must be at least 15 years old and have held a beginner’s permit for at least 6 months before you can take the test. If you are under 18 years of age you must also have parental consent. Passing the written test will earn you your motorcycle beginner’s permit.

How many questions are on the test?

There are 25 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 20 questions correctly in order to pass.

What are the permit restrictions for motorcycles?

You cannot drive on highways, drive during hours of darkness, or carry any passengers.

Do you need to take an on-road motorcycle driving test?

Yes, you are required to pass a practical on-road motorcycle skill test in order to get your motorcycle license.

Are there any other state specific age requirements or restrictions for motorcycles?

If you are younger than 18 then you must hold a beginner’s permit, complete a driver’s education course, maintain satisfactory school attendance and accumulate at least 40 hours of supervised practice driving before you can earn your full motorcycle license.

What is the helmet law is this state?

Any operator or passenger of a motorcycle who is under 21 is required to wear a protective helmet meeting state-approved safety standards at all times while operating or riding on the motorcycle.

South Carolina Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Is there such a test in the state?

Yes; boaters of a certain age in South Carolina are required to have a boater education card and must complete a boating education course approved by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and NASBLA. Boaters also have the option of taking an online safety course offered by sites such as Boat-Ed.com or BoatUS.org.

Who has to take the test?

All boaters under the age of 16 must complete a certified boating safety course in order to operate a motorized boat with more than 15 HP or personal watercraft on South Carolina waterways.

How many questions are on the test?

South Carolina boating safety courses are administered by a variety of different organizations including SCDNR, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the US Power Squadron, and testing requirements may vary for each one. You can find a list of all approved safety courses on the SCDNR website organized by county, which you may use to contact the instructor of a course near you for more specific information regarding testing requirements.

The online safety courses generally have 60 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 70% (42 questions) correctly on the online test in order to pass.