Moving Your CDL to SC
Transferring Your Out-of-State CDL
Once you permanently move to South Carolina, you must apply to transfer your commercial driver's license (CDL) within 30 days. A commercial learner's permit is not transferable to another state.
You must turn in your out-of-state CDL before receiving a CDL from this state. You must be 21 to drive outside of SC.
- Complete the Application for a Commercial Driver's License or Learner's Permit (SCDMV From 447-CDL)
- Complete the Commercial Driver’s License Holders Medical Certification (SCDMV DL-405A)
- Complete the Affidavit of Previous Driver's License (SCDMV Form DL-402)
- Provide documents such as your original birth certificate, social security card, and proof of SC address. A full list of accepted documents are found on the United States Citizens' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93).
- Provide the name of your liability insurance company licensed to do business in South Carolina
- Certify you've read, understand, and meet requirements under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations
- Present your FMCSA medical qualification certificate, if applicable. This requirement is based on the type of commerce you selected on SCDMV Form DL-405A.
- Pass a vision test
- Pay $25 for the license
- Pay $15 for the application fee
If you have a hazmat endorsement (H), you must pass the hazmat knowledge test and complete a check with the Transportation Security Administration.
If you’ve been convicted of an offense found in SC Code Section 23-3-460, you must register with the sheriff’s office of the county you’ll live in within three days of moving to the state.