Do I need insurance?
When you apply for or renew a South Carolina driver’s license or commercial driver’s license (CDL), you must certify you are insured by an automobile liability policy.
You will certify it on one of the following forms, depending on what type of license you're applying for:
- Application for a Beginner's Permit, Driver's License, or Identification Card (SCDMV Form 447-NC)
- Application for a Commercial Driver's License (SCDMV Form 447-CDL)
If you do not own a vehicle or a vehicle is not in the household, you must include that on your application.
The first time you register your vehicle in this state, and each time your registration is renewed, you must provide the name of your insurance company.
The insurance company must be licensed to do business in SC.
Verifying your Insurance
The SCDMV will electronically verify your coverage. If your insurance policy cannot be verified, your license and vehicle registration may be suspended. If suspended, the vehicle's owner may have to pay up to $400 to reinstate driving and registration privileges. If you are a new resident in this state and have an automobile policy with a national insurance company, change your address with your insurance company before you register your vehicle in this state.
Proof of Insurance Inside your Vehicle
If a law enforcement officer stops you, you must show your proof of insurance for the vehicle you’re driving. If the officer writes you a ticket for not providing proof, you must provide proof of insurance within 30 days. By showing proof, you will avoid an indefinite suspension of your driver’s license. If it’s suspended, you will owe $100 to reinstate your license.