Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

The release of customer information is governed by federal and state laws. These include the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act, the South Carolina Family Privacy Protection Act of 2002, and the SC Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The Federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) keeps your personal information safe by limiting the circumstances under which your information is released by the SCDMV. The DPPA limits the public’s access to an individual’s social security number, driver’s license number, address, phone number, and medical or disability information. The DPPA does not protect against information gathered through collision reports, traffic tickets, or your current license status.

The SCDMV does not:

  • Store audio, video, or photographs related to accidents, such as 911 calls or dash cam videos, or track the accident history of specific road locations. You should contact the SC Department of Public Safety.
  • Document road or bridge conditions or monitor road signs. You should contact the SC Department of Transportation.

You must not obtain or use personal information received from a state agency, a local government, or other political subdivision of the state for commercial solicitation. Violating this law is punishable by up to a $500 fine, a year in prison, or both.

SCDMV FOIA Process

When requesting information from the SCDMV, you must follow the following process:

  • All requests must be submitted in writing as a FOIA request, either by email or postal mail. Be as specific as possible about what you are requesting and include your name, contact information, and organization (if any). 
  • Once the written request is received, the SCDMV staff will determine the potential costs associated with gathering the requested information.
  • The estimate of cost will then be provided to you before any information is gathered.
  • If you then agree to the charges, payment in the form of a check or money order must be received prior to the requested information being released.  
  • Once payment is received, the request will be processed and the information/data requested will be provided to you. 
  • For payments, you can send a check or money order, made out to South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, to the address below -

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Strategic Communications

PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0009

Members of the Media

If you're a member of the media, you must submit all requests for information in writing as a FOIA request. You may email your request or mail it to the address below. Include your name, contact information, and media organization in the request.

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Strategic Communications

PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0009

You may contact the SCDMV's Strategic Communications & Community Affairs office at 803-896-8198 or via DMVCommunications@scdmv.net.

General Information

If you're an attorney, a representative of an attorney's office, insurance company, or business looking to verify information, you may complete a form below for information:

You should mail it to the appropriate address on the form. Most of these requests are $6 per individual report or record. For questions, call 803-896-5000.

FOIA Fees

Type of Request Cost
Records (driver, vehicle, dealer)

$6 per type and number of documents

Documents* $0.25 per page
Report requiring programming $65/hour with a one-hour minimum
Search & retrieval Based on hourly salary of lowest qualified employee completing these components

*If the information you requested is less than $5, there is no charge. 

18 USC, Chapter 123 of 1994; SC Code Section 30-2, -4