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  Driver License Testing
Driver Skills Tests in DMV Offices

SCDMV branch offices do not offer road tests for any type of driver license during inclement weather. Rainy streets can make maneuvering a vehicle more difficult for new drivers and ice on the roads can be hazardous for all drivers.

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Practice Driver License Knowledge Tests

Anyone who is planning to take or re-take a general knowledge test may use the Online Practice Exam on a computer or download a free application to their iPhone, iTouch, iPad or Android device to practice.  The exams offer a series of randomly selected question from more than 200 questions in the database.  Each question is based on the information contained in the South Carolina Driver’s Manual. 

 

The driver license practice test can be downloaded free of charge at the iTunes store through the AppStore.  To download the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch applications, enter “SC DMV Driver Exam” in the iTunes search box.
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Where to Take the Test

You may take the knowledge test, vision, and driving test at any DMV office that provides full driver license services for classes D, G, and M.  Driving tests for classes A, B, C, E, and F are only administered at the 35 CDL test sites.  

 

Knowledge, skills and vision tests are required when you apply for an original license or upgrade to a different class of license. The South Carolina Driver’s Handbook or other testing aids cannot be used while taking the knowledge test. Tests will be treated as a failure if a handbook or other types of testing aids are used during the test. If you are caught using a cell phone, using a camera device or found talking to others during the test, you will also fail the test.

 

You may schedule your road test by appointment for a Class D passenger and Class M motorcycle license. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 2:00-4:30 p.m. in all DMV offices. To make an appointment, call the office and leave a voice-mail message with your name and phone number. DMV staff will return their call within one business day. DMV accepts walk-in customers from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. However, during the afternoon hours, 2:00-4:30 p.m., DMV will not accept walk-in road test applicants unless the office has a cancellation. Customers who arrive late 10 minutes or more for an appointment could lose their scheduled appointment time to a walk-in customer.

 

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One Stop Driver Training and/or Testing Programs

 

SCDMV is partnering with persons, corporations, or governmental subdivisions, including public, parochial and private high schools to administer SCDMV tests. Those who are interested in becoming a trainer and tester and would like to enroll in any of these programs must meet the qualification outlined in the specific Third Party Tester Safety Officer Manual.  Interested parties must submit the following documents to SCDMV, Office of Inspector General, Post Office Box 1498, Blythewood, SC 29016-0015.

  • Completed Part II of Form DL-304E Third Party Tester Agreement, and
  • Completed Form DL-304F Third Party Tester Safety Officer and/or Designated Responsible Person Application, and
  • Official SLED criminal background check, for each safety officer, dated within 30 days of application

Direct all questions regarding any of these programs to the Office of Inspector General at (803) 896-9606.

 

A.    Passenger Vehicle Training and/or Testing (Class D License)

This program allows DMV authorized trainers/testers to administer the knowledge and/or skills tests to persons applying for a first time Class D passenger vehicle beginner permit or driver license.

 

Applicants who successfully complete the one stop driver training & testing program with a third party tester may be subject to re-testing by the SCDMV. When an applicant arrives at the DMV office to obtain a beginner permit or driver license, they must also pay all required DMV fees. 

 

      For a current list of participants in the one stop driver training & testing
      program,
click here.

 

Those who are interested in becoming a trainer and tester and would like to enroll in this program must meet the qualifications outlined in the Class D Third Party Tester Safety Officer Manual.  Once authorized participants attend the mandatory three-day DMV Training Certification they are able to administer the class D knowledge and/or skills tests to applicants applying for a class D beginner permit or driver license.  Until DMV completes the development of the automated online knowledge test, certified testers will administer a paper knowledge test.

 

B.    Motorcycle Training and/or Testing (Class M License)

SCDMV expanded its One Stop Driver Training and Testing Program to include motorcycle licenses. The program allows persons, corporations, or governmental subdivisions, including public, parochial and private high schools to administer the knowledge and skills tests to persons applying for a first time motorcycle beginner permit or driver license.  The following organizations are authorized by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles to administer DMV’s motorcycle skills test:

1.     Cox’s Harley-Davidson of Rock Hill   http://www.coxshdofrockhill.com/default.asp

 

2.     Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson of Columbia    http://www.thundertowerharley.com/    

 

3.   Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson www.myrtlebeachharley.com   

 

4.   SC Technical College System www.sctechsystem.com   

 

5.   Low Country Harley Davidson www.lowcountryharley.com  

Whether you are a new or experienced rider, the proper training can help you develop and improve your riding skills.  The companies listed above can provide that type of training.

 

Those who are interested in becoming a trainer and tester and would like to enroll in this program must meet the qualifications outlined in the Motorcycle Third Party Tester Safety Officer Manual.  Once authorized participants attend the mandatory three-day DMV Training Certification they are able to administer the class M knowledge and/or skills tests to applicants applying for a class M beginner permit or driver license.  Until DMV completes the development of the automated online knowledge test, certified testers will administer a paper knowledge test.

 

   

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Taking the Road Skills Test

You will need to take a road skills test if you do not hold a valid driver’s license. You must provide a vehicle for the road test. The vehicle must be in safe driving condition, including working brakes, safety belts, horn, turn signals, mirrors and working speedometer. The vehicle must also have a valid license plate, registration card, and insurance card.  The driving test will be postponed if the vehicle is deemed unsafe and it is an automatic failure if you refuse to use your seat belt.

 

The road skills test will be administered by a DMV representative. Only the applicant and the DMV representative are allowed in or around the vehicle during the road skills test.

 

Your driver license examination includes:

  • A vision Test. (Bring your glasses if applicable.)
  • A test of traffic laws, road signs, and driving safety rules.
  • A driving test, if required. Bring the following items for a driving test:
    -
    your old license or instruction permit, if you have one.
    -
    a licensed driver.
    - v
    ehicle liability insurance information from a company licensed to do business in S.C.
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    a vehicle that is safe to drive including working brakes, horn, turn signals, mirrors, windshield, working speedometer and displays a proper license plate.

You will be asked to locate the controls for the vehicle’s headlights, windshield wipers, turn signals, including four-way flashers and brake lights. You must show the car is properly insured. If you use a rental car for the driving test, the driver’s name must show on the contract as the insured.

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If You Fail the Road Skills Test

An applicant with no previous driving experience who fails a skills test must wait two (2) weeks to re-test regardless of age. An applicant who has had previous driving experience (held a former drivers license) who fails a skills test, must wait one (1) week to retest regardless of age. Holding a beginner’s permit does not count as former driving experience. If the applicant has failed the skills test on the third (3rd) or subsequent attempt he must wait sixty (60) days before being re-tested.

Type of Credential Held by Customer

Skills Test

Wait Time

Before Returning for Next Test

Beginner’s Permit only –

 

no other previous driving experience

 

Fails 1st  or 2nd attempt

Must wait two (2) weeks

 

NOTE:  If customer also holds a driver’s license in a different class than the beginner’s permit they would only have to wait one week to re-test (see below).

Driver’s License

(class D, E, F, A, B, C, M, or Out-of-state)

Fails 1st or 2nd attempt

Must wait one(1) week

Beginner’s Permit or

Driver’s License

(class D, E, F, A, B, C, M, or Out-of-state)

Fails 3rd attempt or subsequent attempts

Must wait sixty (60) days

 

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On This Page
Driver Skills Tests in DMV Offices
Practice Driver License Knowledge Tests
Where to Take the Test
One Stop Driver Training and/or Testing Programs
Taking the Road Skills Test
If You Fail the Road Skills Test

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