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Beginner’s permits are issued in four classes according to the type of vehicle you'll be driving.
Study the Appropriate Manual Before Testing
When you apply for a beginner’s permit, you must pass the vision and knowledge tests, and you must bring documents such as your original birth certificate, social security card, and two proofs of your current, physical address. The United States Citizens' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93) has a complete list of accepted documents.
If you're an international customer, the requirements are different. The International Customers' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-94) has a complete list of accepted documents.
You must be at least 15 to apply for a regular or motorcycle beginner’s permit. If you are under 18, you must bring an individual listed on the Consent for Minor (SCDMV Form 447-CM) with you to sign your application.
You must have your beginner's permit for at least 180 days unless you hold a valid driver's license.
You must be at least 18 to apply for a Class E or Class F beginner’s permit.
Renewing a Beginner's Permit
You may renew your regular beginner's permit (Class D) for $2.50 when it expires.
Motorcycle beginner's permits (Class M) cannot be renewed more than three times. Before a motorcycle permit can be renewed, you must make an attempt to pass the skills test. This includes all of the following:
If you fail the skills test too many times, you may not be able to receive another motorcycle permit.
Adult Consent for Minors
If you’re under 18, and applying for a beginner's permit or driver's license, a responsible adult must sign all of the following:
The adult must bring a picture ID.
A responsible adult is someone who is all of the following:
The application must be signed at an SCDMV branch, unless it’s signed and submitted by a representative at a driver training school with the Consent for Minor (SCDMV Form 447-CM).
Out-of-State Beginner's Permits
You may practice driving with your out-of-state beginner's permit in South Carolina.
If you’ve permanently moved to this state from another state, you may exchange your out-of-state beginner's permit for an SC beginner’s permit.
It is $2.00 for a knowledge test and $2.50 for the beginner's permit.
No Driving Experience
If you have no driving experience and are interested in getting a beginner's permit, you must hold the beginner's permit for 180 days regardless of your age.
SC Code Sections 23-3-430, -460, 56-1-110, 56-1-50