Rhode Island Street Legal Laws

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South Carolina Lift Laws and Vehicle Equipment Laws

South Carolina does not currently have any laws restricting suspension lifts, bumper height, or vehicle frame height. Suspension lift kits, aftermarket wheels and tires, performance shocks, aftermarket bumpers, and grille guards are all allowed to be installed on vehicles driven in South Carolina.

Governing Laws


In South Carolina, the street legal laws are covered by the South Carolina Code of Laws (SCCL).

SCCL Title 56

Vehicle Dimensions


Overall vehicle size in South Carolina is limited to 102 inches wide, 13 feet 6 inches tall, and 40 feet long for a single vehicle.

SCCL 56-5-4030
SCCL 56-5-4060
SCCL 56-5-4070

Tire Restrictions


South Carolina requires that tires be in safe operating condition, without any bulges or exposed cords. There is no specific minimum tire tread depth. Tire grooving is not covered in the code.

SCCL 56-5-5040

Wheel Restrictions


South Carolina's code makes no reference to wheels.

Braking Requirements


It is required that all vehicles in South Carolina be equipped with brakes on all 4 wheels capable of stopping the vehicle from 20 mph within 30 feet. A secondary, mechanical, parking brake is also required.

SCCL 56-5-4860

Steering Laws


There are no steering modification restrictions in South Carolina.

Suspension Laws


In South Carolina, it is unlawful to elevate or lower a passenger vehicle by more than 6 inches. Pickup trucks are exempt from this law.

SCCL 56-5-4445

Frame Requirements


Currently, there is no frame height restriction in South Carolina.

Bumper Restrictions


Bumper height is not limited in South Carolina.

Fender Requirements


It is unknown if South Carolina requires vehicles to have fenders or mud flaps.

Lighting Requirements


In addition to headlights and tail lights, vehicles in South Carolina are allowed to have auxiliary lights. The maximum number of lights that can be turned on at the front of the vehicle at any one time is 4.



Min. Height

Max. Height


2 min.

24 inches

54 inches

Tail lights

1 min.

20 inches

60 inches

Spot lights

1 max.



Fog lights

2 max.

12 inches

30 inches

Aux. passing lights

1 max.

24 inches

42 inches

Aux. driving lights

1 max.

16 inches

42 inches

( Measured to the center of the light. )

SCCL 56-5-4490
SCCL 56-5-4500
SCCL 56-5-4510
SCCL 56-5-4520
SCCL 56-5-4660
SCCL 56-5-4670
SCCL 56-5-4680
SCCL 56-5-4690

Window Laws


All vehicles in South Carolina with windshields are required to have windshield wipers. It is not clear if windshields are required.

SCCL 56-5-5000

Exhaust Requirements


Mufflers are required in South Carolina. Exhaust cutouts and bypasses are prohibited.

SCCL 56-5-5020

Engine Swap Rules


It is unclear whether or not South Carolina has any engine swap or engine performance modification rules.

Emissions Testing


South Carolina does not currently require emissions testing.

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