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SC Drivers: regain privileges during Driver Suspension Eligibility Week, March 15-19

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles offering eligible drivers chance to reduce or clear remaining time of their suspension

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Today is the start of driver suspension eligibility week in South Carolina. Through Friday, March 19, anyone who lost a driver's license due to suspensions have a chance to reduce or clear their remaining suspension time this week at South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle (SCDMV) sites throughout the state.

Among the list of eligible suspensions:

  • excessive points for people under 18
  • operating or allowing someone to operate uninsured vehicles
  • driving while suspended -- apart from alcohol or drug related convictions

Only people who clear all suspensions may apply for a license. Road tests might be required, as well as a certificate of insurance (contact your car insurance company for coverage information).

Also, drivers must meet all conditions of their suspensions and pay all fees -- no fees will be waived. If a driver has more than one suspension, the SCDMV will recalculate the suspension time. Drivers with suspensions not covered by the program will need to continue serving those suspensions. 

For questions about eligibility, customers can call the Contact Center at 803-896-5000.

Eligible drivers must complete the Driver Suspension Eligibility Application (SCDMV Form DL-601) and visit an SCDMV branch this week. If you prefer, you can save time by scheduling an appointment at a local SCDMV online at www.SCDMVOonline.com/Schedule-Appointment -- or every SCDMV branch is accepting walk-ins. (For the Allendale and McCormick offices, Driver Suspension Eligibility Week will take place only on Wednesday, March 17th, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Customers reinstating their drivers licenses will receive a standard, non-REAL ID license that says “Not for Federal Identification.” In order to receive a REAL ID license, customers will need all of the following documents at the time of application or on file with the SCDMV:

  • Proof of Identity (Government-issued birth certificate or valid US Passport)
  • Social Security Number 
  • two proofs of current, physical South Carolina address
  • proof of all legal name ghanges
  • applicable payment ($25; cash, check, or card accepted)

As a reminder, the new implementation date for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. As of this date, individuals must have a REAL ID to board domestic, commercial flights or enter certain federal facilities unless they have a valid US Passport, military ID, or another federally approved identification.