SCDMV resumes skills tests with modifications
May 18, 2020
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the SCDMV will resume offering skills tests for non-commercial vehicle drivers who want to obtain standard (Class D) driver’s licenses.
Skills tests will be offered by appointment only, Monday through Friday, at 23 SCDMV branch office locations across the state, as well as one day per week at an additional ten SCDMV locations. A list of locations offering Class D skills tests is below.
The SCDMV suspended Class D skills tests in mid-March in response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. Upon resuming skills testing, agency examiners will temporarily evaluate applicants using a modified version of the skills test that evaluates critical driver competencies while adhering to social distancing recommendations. The modified skills test leverages national driver’s license standards from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and will be used until the SCDMV deems it appropriate to return to standard skills testing. Applicants who successfully complete the modified skills test and meet all other licensing requirements are eligible for South Carolina Class D licenses.
"Our SCDMV license examiners are excited to resume skills tests to help customers get their driver's licenses to safely operate on South Carolina roadways," said SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. "It is time to resume these tests and get South Carolinians back to work. I’m confident this modified test maintains the fidelity of our examination of driver proficiency while ensuring the health and safety of our employees and our customers.”
In addition to Class D skills testing, the SCDMV continues to offer motorcycle and commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills testing by appointment at select SCDMV locations. However, skills tests for recreational vehicle (RV) licenses or licenses for RVs with cars towed behind them (Class E and F licenses) remain suspended.
Customers who do not have an appointment to take a skills test will be turned away. Appointments are only available 21 days in advance. Class D Skills Tests Offered Monday through Friday
Charleston – Leeds Avenue
Spartanburg - Southport Road
Class D Skills Tests Offered Select Days
Greenville - Saluda Dam Road
Columbia - Shop Road
Myrtle Beach - Market Common
Class E & F Skills Tests Offered at Select Branches on Limited Days
Seneca- Tuesday mornings
Spartanburg on Southport Rd. - Tuesday mornings
Irmo - Wednesday mornings
Florence- Thursday mornings
Kingstree- Tuesday mornings
Chester- Tuesday mornings
Beaufort- Tuesday mornings
Charleston on Leeds Ave.- Thursday mornings
Orangeburg- Wednesday mornings
Extensions for Documents Expire Soon
The SCDMV temporarily extended the expiration date of some SCDMV products like driver’s licenses, identification cards, temporary parking placards, vehicle registrations, and temporary license plates that were set to expire between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020. These extensions will expire on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. All renewals must be completed by June 30, 2020 to avoid late fees and possible suspensions. Vehicles with temporary license plates must be properly titled and registered no more than 45 days after July 1, 2020. Click here to view the guidance on all extensions.
Customers are encouraged to check the SCDMV website at SCDMVonline.com
to see if they can complete their transactions online. If not, they can make appointments at SCDMVonline.com to visit branch offices to complete their transactions.