International Customers Who are not US Citizens

Designated International Customer Offices

International customers who are not US citizens can only obtain a SC driving credential or identification card at one of the following service centers:

 

  1. Bennettsville DMV, 337 Highway 9 West
  2. Bluffton DMV, 15 Sheridan Park
  3. Charleston DMV, 3790 Leeds Avenue
  4. Columbia - Shop Rd DMV, 1630 Shop Rd
  5. Conway DMV, 4103 Highway 701 North
  6. Florence DMV, 3102 East Palmetto Street
  7. Greenville DMV, 15 Saluda Dam Road
  8. Greenwood DMV, 510 West Alexander Extension
  9. Greer DMV, 610 Arlington Road
  10. Irmo/Ballentine DMV, 1016 Broadstone Road
  11. Ladson DMV, 135 Wimberly Drive
  12. Lancaster DMV, 1694 Pageland Highway
  13. Laurens DMV, 390 Fairgrounds Road
  14. Myrtle Beach DMV, 1200 21st Avenue North
  15. Myrtle Beach Commons DMV, 1330 Howard Parkway
  16. North Augusta DMV, 1913 Ascauga Lake Road
  17. Orangeburg DMV, 1720 Charleston Highway
  18. Rock Hill DMV, 305 Hands Mill Road
  19. Seneca DMV, 13009 South Radio Station Road
  20. Spartanburg DMV, 1625 Southport Road
  21. Sumter DMV, 430 South Pike Street

Reference the Accepted Forms of Identification page on our website as well as Form MV-94 International Customer Checklist for Issuance of Driver's License, Beginner's Permit and Identification cards.

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International Customer Driver License Renewals

If you are not a United States citizen, you must renew your license at one of the designated DMV offices that process international customer’s applications.


The requirements to renew a driver's license for an International customer are as follows:

  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 pass a knowledge test if you received violations totaling more than five points against your driving record in the last two years. 

  3. The renewal fee for a 5-year (or less) license is $12.50.

  4. Provide proper documentation. Form MV-94 International Customer Checklist for Issuance of Driver’s License, Beginner’s Permit and Identification Cards lists the documentation requirements.

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Countries and Territories that have Reciprocity with South Carolina

South Carolina waives the requirement for knowledge and skills testing for first time applicants from those countries that have established a formal reciprocity agreement with South Carolina, as long as the applicant’s out-of-country driving credential has not expired.

 

For a country to establish reciprocity with South Carolina, the Department must receive a formal request from that country or the consulate for that country. At the present time, ONLY the following countries have formal reciprocity agreements with South Carolina.

 

* Except for Puerto Rico, all of these territories established a reciprocity agreement with South Carolina and FMCSA

 

Non-commercial License

Commercial License

Class D

Motorcycle

TERRITORIES

American Samoa

YES

YES

YES

Guam

YES

YES

YES

Puerto Rico

YES

YES

    NO *

U.S. Virgin Islands

YES

YES

YES

PROTECTED TERRITORIES

Northern Mariana Islands

YES

YES

YES

Federated States of Micronesia

YES

YES

YES

Republic of Marshall Islands

YES

YES

YES

Republic of Palau

YES

YES

YES

 

Only these countries have established a reciprocity agreement with

South Carolina and/or FMCSA

 

Non-commercial License

Commercial License

Class D

Motorcycle

Canada

YES

YES

YES

France 

YES

YES

NO

Germany

YES

YES

NO

Mexico

NO

NO

YES

South Korea

YES

NO

NO

Taiwan

YES

NO

NO

The reciprocity agreements covering knowledge and skills testing DO NOT change the requirements to show appropriate documentation. International customers as well as from the Protected Territories, must follow the same application process as other International customers.

 

Form MV-94 International Customer Checklist for Issuance of Driver’s License, Beginner’s Permit and Identification cards lists the documentation requirements for the most common immigration and visa statuses.

 

South Korea and Taiwan require their citizens to obtain certification letters respectively from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea or the Consulate General of the Republic of China (Taiwan) before they come into a DMV office for credentials. The applicant must provide the letter from the appropriate consulate to the DMV certifying that their South Korean or Taiwanese driver’s license is valid. This letter is only valid within 30 days from the date on the letter.  This letter should be accepted in lieu of the translation document that is generally required for a driver’s license that is in a foreign language.

 

NOTE: DMV Form 4030 is still a requirement for a DL applicant from Korea or Taiwan if they have a birth certificate that needs to be translated.

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