2017 Driver Suspension Eligibility Week

March 10, 2017

You may also hear this referred to as Amnesty Week.

The SCDMV will hold the 2017 Driver Suspension Eligibility Week for drivers with licenses suspended for various reasons March 13–17, 2017.

During the week, if you're licensed in South Carolina, and lost your driving privileges for applicable suspensions, you may be able to reduce or clear the remaining time of your suspension. If you have the following types of suspensions, you are eligible for the program:

  • Excessive points for someone under the age of 18
  • Operating an unlicensed taxi
  • Operating an uninsured vehicle that they did not own
  • Operating or allowing someone else to operate an uninsured vehicle
  • Driving under suspension, excluding alcohol or drug related convictions

“This is a great opportunity for drivers to get back on the road,” said Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. “The key to a successful program is preparation. Customers should make sure they have all required documents when visiting an SCDMV branch to clear their suspension. Historically, customers arrive later in the week with incomplete information and lose their chance at reducing their suspension. We recommend visiting an SCDMV branch on Monday or Tuesday to make sure your business is complete by 5 p.m. Friday.”

If you think you qualify for the program, you must complete the Driver Suspension Eligibility Application and visit an SCDMV branch during the week of March 13–17, 2017. If you clear all of your suspensions, you may apply for a license. Depending on the type of suspension, you may be required to pass the vision, knowledge, and road skills tests before receiving a new license.

You must meet all conditions of your suspension. All fees must be paid and cannot be waived. If required, you must get a Certificate of Insurance (SR-22) filed by your insurance company. If you have more than one suspension, the SCDMV will recalculate the suspension time. If your suspension(s) is not covered by the program, you will need to continue serving that suspension. 

During Driver Suspension Eligibility Week, many SCDMV branches may experience longer wait times due to an increase in customers.