Two new web transactions are now available on SCDMVOnline.com. You can now surrender your license plate online and buy a duplicate decal for your vehicle online.COVID-19 related information
March 25, 2020
Please NOTE: This news release is dated March 25, 2020.
The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) remains open, but the agency is adjusting hours of operation at select branches beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020. These reductions result from staffing limitations and the agency's commitment to enforcing social distancing recommendations in our branch offices. Despite the reduction in operating hours at several locations, the SCDMV is committed to “ensure the proper function and continuity of state government operations,” in accordance with the Governor's Executive Order No. 2020-11.
"In these uncertain and rapidly changing times, the SCDMV remains committed to serving citizens throughout our state,” said SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. "We will optimize employee manning to sustain five-day a week service at 44 of our branch offices. We will reduce the number of days we are open at some locations, but will ensure that every location remains open to customers at some point during the week. We are implementing this plan for the foreseeable future, but other reductions may be needed based on reduced employee availability."
The following branches will only be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until further notice:
The following branches will only be open Tuesday and Thursday until further notice:
The following branch is open Monday and Friday until further notice:
The following branch is open Tuesday and Wednesday until further notice:
The following branch will be open Thursday only until further notice:
The rest of the 44 branch offices remain open with normal business hours.
"The SCDMV is balancing its commitment to employees and commitment to customers with these modified days of operation. We are committed to providing SCDMV services throughout the state while ensuring the health and safety of our employees and customers alike," said SCDMV Director of Branch Services Courtney Saxon. "We greatly appreciate everyone's patience during this transition."
Changes implemented during COVID-19 pandemic:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted a waiver for certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver's license (CDL) and commercial learner's permit (CLP) holders and to other commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).
This waiver does not apply to a CDL or CLP holder if the driver's license expired before March 1, 2020. Drivers who claim relief under this waiver from the requirement for a valid medical certificate must have proof of a valid medical certificate that expired on or after March 1, 2020, and carry a paper copy of their expired medical certificates. Finally, this waiver does not apply to medical examiner's certificates originally issued for less than 90 days.
South Carolinians are encouraged now more than ever to complete their SCDMV-related business online at SCDMVonline.com or by mail. Below is a list of some transactions that came be completed from the comfort of home.
SCDMV employees will continue to staff agency headquarters in Blythewood to ensure transactions like the ones listed above continue to be processed in a timely manner. Employees at the agency's headquarters will also support Motor Carrier Services, Member Services, dealerships, and other SCDMV partners.
The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has worked to ensure the essential operations the agency provides remain fully functional while considering the impact of COVID-19 on South Carolina. For these reasons, the guidelines below are now in place.