All online services will be unavailable on the SCDMV website from 6 - 9 p.m. on Sunday, January 19, 2020.
Most driver's licenses South Carolina issues are valid for eight years.
When you apply for a license, the SCDMV will automatically check your driving history in other states. If you're moving to SC from another state, you must to turn in your old license.
Accepted Forms of Identification
When you're getting a South Carolina beginner's permit, driver's license, or identification card, for the first time, you must present originals or government-issued copies of all of the following documents:
The United States Citizens' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93) outlines a complete list of accepted documents. If you're an international customer, the requirements are different.
If you're from a US Territory or Protected Territory, you must meet the same documentation requirements as any other US citizen. If your birth certificate or license must be translated, use the Translation Document (SCDMV Form DL-4030).
REAL ID driver's licenses and identification cards are now available. When applying for a South Carolina license, you may choose if you'd like to purchase a license that's a REAL ID with a gold star or a standard license that says "Not for Federal Identification."
Beginning October 1, 2020, if you have a card that says "Not for Federal Identification" or does not have a gold star, you cannot use this card as your identification to board a domestic, commercial flight, enter a secure federal building, or visit a military installation.
You may register to be an organ/tissue donor when you apply for or renew your South Carolina driver’s license, beginner’s permit, or identification card. If you choose to donate, your identity information will be added to the South Carolina Donor Registry and red heart will be added to your license, beginner's permit, or ID. When you choose to be an organ donor, you're entering into a legally binding agreement as outlined under the South Carolina Uniform Anatomical Gift Act.
If you choose to be an organ donor before your 18th birthday, your parent or legal guardian must consent to the donation. Every time you apply for a license, beginner's permit, or ID, you may decide if you'd like to be an organ/tissue donor. If you change your decision for authorization in the future or wish to update your information on the registry, visit Donate Life South Carolina.