General Driver License Information

Driver License Classes

Regular (non-commercial) driver's licenses are issued in the following classes depending on the type and intended use of the vehicle.  Click the following link if you are interested in Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL).

 

Depending on the class license you have determines whether you are permitted to operate the following NON-COMMERCIAL vehicles.

Class License

Passenger vehicle which does not exceed 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight such as a car or truck

Single unit vehicle that exceeds 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight such as a truck or motor home.

Combination vehicles that exceed 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.

Moped as defined by S.C. Code of Laws Section

56-1-1710

Two-wheel motorcycle with or without a detachable side car

Three-wheel vehicle

D

YES

NO

NO

YES

NO

YES

E

YES

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

F

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES

G

NO

NO

NO

YES

NO

NO

M

NO

NO

NO

YES

YES

YES

 

* Examples of Class F vehicles include trucks and motor homes with a towed trailer or vehicle and any combination of vehicles used exclusively for recreation such as truck and camper combinations if the gross combination weight exceeds 26,000 lbs.

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New Driver Licenses and Identification Cards

On October 19, 2010, SCDMV began issuing new driver license and identification card credentials. The new credentials, which are more tamper resistant and designed to deter fraud, are now available in every DMV office. 

 

The new credential has three levels of security to protect the integrity of the card. While the appearance of the credential has changed, the requirements and fees have not changed. You do not need to replace your current driver’s license or identification card until it expires. Once you are issued a new credential, however, you cannot change back to the old credential.

 

More information about the new credential:

Frequently Asked Questions  

New Credential Images

SCDMV New Credential Brochure  

Retailer Information

 

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Getting and Maintaining Your Driver License

South Carolina issues both five-year and ten-year licenses. If you are a United States citizen and you visit a DMV branch office to obtain an original or renewal license, you will receive a ten-year license. Customers 65 years of age or older will be issued a five year license.


When you apply for a driver's license, SCDMV will automatically check your prior driving history in other states using the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS) and the Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS) databases. The checks are performed when a customer applies for an original credential, renews a credential, is reexamined or moves from a beginner permit to a license. They are designed to insure drivers have only one valid license at a time.


Follow the links below to obtain information on getting an initial driver license, renewing your license, and other driver services.

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Lost or Stolen Driver License

If your driver's license has been lost or stolen, you should report it to the local police. SCDMV does not take any legal action in these cases unless there is reason to suspect that there is fraudulent use of this license.


You have two options. You may either get a replacement online through our public website or go into a field office.


Click here to process a duplicate through DMV's website. The website will not allow you to process the transaction if you have received a Driver's License through DMV's website within the past 12 months.


If you go into a field office for replacement you will be required to complete the appropriate application (447-NC or 447-CDL) for a duplicate driver's license as well as Form DL-49 to declare that it was lost or stolen. Additional documentation such as a police report may be required to obtain more than one replacement license in a 12-month period.

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Damaged Driver Licenses, Beginner Permits or ID Cards

If your driver license credential is damaged or otherwise separating, you should replace it as soon as possible. Damaged driver license credentials may not be accepted as proof of identity by law enforcement, airport security, financial institutions or other businesses.

 

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Name or Address Changes

South Carolina law requires you to change your name or address on department records within 10 days of your actual name or address change. When you change your name or address with the department, all of the vehicle and driver records that relate to you will be updated.

 

To change your address you may use our Public Services site, apply by mail or visit your local DMV office. If you change your address online, you will automatically receive new vehicle registrations through the mail with your new address (no charge).

 

If you apply by mail you must complete Form 4057 unless you want to replace your existing credential with one that reflects your new address.

 

To change your name you must visit a DMV office, complete Form 4057, and present proper documentation such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order.  You cannot change your name by mail or online.

 

When you submit a change of name or address, you will not receive a new credential that reflects your new name or address unless you pay the required fee and complete one of these forms.

 

Type of Credential

Form to be completed

Fee

Driver’s License

Form 447-NC

$10.00

Commercial Driver’s License

Form 447-CDL

$10.00

Beginner’s Permit

Form 447-NC 

$2.50

Identification Card

Form 447-NC

FREE if you are 17 years old or older,

$5.00 if you are between 5 and 16 years of age

Vehicle Registration

Form 4057

FREE

Vehicle Title

Form 400

submit the title reflecting your old name or address, and pay the $15.00 fee.

 

Mail the completed form along with the appropriate fees to:

 

DMV Alternative Media Office
P.O. Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0035

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Donate Life

Any South Carolina resident may register to be an organ/tissue donor when applying for or renewing a South Carolina driver’s license, beginner’s permit, or identification card. If you choose to donate, your identity information will be added to the South Carolina Donor Registry and a notation will be added to your credential. By consenting to be an organ/tissue donor, you are entering into a legally binding agreement with Donate Life South Carolina and organ/tissue donation.  

If a resident consents to be an organ/tissue donor before his or her 18th birthday, the parent or legal guardian will be required to consent to the donation. Every time you apply for any type of credential at the DMV, you must indicate whether or not you consent to be an organ/tissue donor. For more information about organ donation, please visit the Donate Life South Carolina website.

Donate Life, created by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor of South Carolina in 1996, promotes organ and tissue donation through education and assists South Carolinians navigating the transplant process by providing emergency financial assistance. Each time you apply for, renew your credential, or make any other transaction at the DMV, you may also make a donation to Donate Life.

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