Driver License Renewals

Renewing Your Driver License

If you are a United States citizen, who is

  • under 65 years of age, you may obtain a five-year driver’s license if you meet the requirements and renew through the mail.  If you renew your driver’s license in a DMV office you will receive a ten-year driver's license.
  • 65 years of age or older you are only eligible for a five year credential regardless of whether it is renewed through a DMV field office or the mail. 

Please read about all renewal options and requirements before you take steps to renew your license.

If you are an International customer, you are not eligible to renew by mail. For more information about International customer requirements, click here.  

 

Renewing an Expired Driver’s License

No one should operate a vehicle of any kind with an expired driver’s license.  These are the requirements to renew an expired driver’s license. 

  • If you wish to renew the driver’s license and it is LESS than nine months from the expiration date on the license the renewal process is the same as if it was not expired.  You are NOT required to take a knowledge test, or a skills test, or present additional documentation.
  • If your driver’s license is expired MORE than nine months from the expiration date on the license than you MUST:
    • successfully pass a knowledge test; and
    • successfully take a skills test; and
    • present proof of residency document; and 
    • be prepared to present proof of identity and proof of social security number only if DMV is not able to locate these source documents in their system.  

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Renewal By Mail

You are eligible to renew your driver's license by mail for a five-year driver’s license if you meet the following requirements:

  1. You are a United States citizen. (For information about International customer requirements, click here.) 
  2. Your driver's license has not been expired more than nine months.
  3. You have not received violations totaling more than five points in the last two years.
  4. Your license is not suspended or subject to be suspended.
  5. You did not renew your license by mail during the previous renewal period.
  6. You do not have a commercial license.
  7. You are not identified as a Convicted Violent Offender in our system.
  8. You do not currently have a conditional or special restricted license

How do you renew a driver’s license by mail?

  • If you meet the above requirements, complete Form DL-63 application to renew a driver’s license by mail.
  • Have a licensed eye care professional complete the vision screening portion of Form DL-63.  Due to a clause in South Carolina law, customers are required to submit to a vision screening or present a certificate of eye examination as part of the renewal process.
  • Mail this completed application along with a check or money order for the appropriate amount to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, Post Office Box 1498, Blythewood, S.C. 29016-0035. No Cash Accepted.
    • $12.50 for a five year credential (without the Veteran designation).  NOTE:  If you choose to renew in a field office and are between 17 and 64 years of age, you will be issued a 10-year credential for $25.  Click here for a list of DMV field offices.
    •  $13.50 for Veterans of the US Armed Forces who wish to keep the designation on their license.  NOTE:  To add the Veteran designation to an ID you must visit a field office.
  • Please mail no later than 15 business days prior to expiration of driver’s license.
  • If you choose to renew by mail, the photo and signature on your current driver’s license will remain on your license for the next five years.


How do you renew an identification (ID) card by mail?

Identification Cards can be renewed by mail or you may visit a local SCDMV office. Click here for a list of DMV field offices.

  • Complete Form 447-NC to renew your ID card by mail.  Only answer questions 1 through 4 on the second page and sign it. 
  • Mail this completed application.  If there are any fees, include a check or money order for the appropriate amount made payable to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, Post Office Box 1498, Blythewood, S.C. 29016-0035. No Cash Accepted.
  • Fees:
    • No charge for a five year ID card if you are 17 years of age or older (without the Veteran designation).
    • $5.00 for a five year ID card if it is for a minor 16 years old and younger.
    • $1.00 for Veterans of the US Armed Forces who wish to keep the designation on their ID card.  NOTE:  To add the Veteran designation to an ID you must visit a field office.  
  • Please mail no later than 15 business days prior to expiration of your ID card.
  • If you choose to renew by mail, the photo and signature on your current ID card will remain on your license for the next five years. 

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Renewal in a DMV Office

If you are a United States citizen, you may visit your local DMV office to renew your license. For information about International customer requirements, click here

 

To renew your South Carolina driver’s license in a DMV branch office:

  1. You must pass a vision-screening test or provide an eye examination certificate obtained within the last 12 months from a licensed eye care professional.
  2. You must provide your vehicle insurance information.
  3. You must pass a knowledge test if you received violations totaling more than five points against your driving record in the last two years. 
  4. Persons under the age of 65 can renew their license every ten years if they appear in person at a DMV office to process their renewal. The fee for a 10-year renewal is $25.00. Ten-year driver's licenses will not be issued by mail.
  5. Persons who are 65 years of age or older must renew their driver license every five years. The 5-year renewal fee is $12.50.

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Online Driver's License and ID Card Renewals

The Department of Motor Vehicles no longer renews driver’s license online, but we can renew certain driver licenses through the mail. South Carolina Code of Law Section 56-1-220 allowed a person to renew his license for an additional five years by web or mail without a vision screening or certificate of eye examination. This provision ended October 1, 2008. New legislation must be passed before the DMV can continue to renew driver’s licenses on the web.

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