Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Information

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.

Requesting Documents / Records Under FOIA

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.

FOIA requests for the SCDMV must follow the following process:

  • You must submit the request in writing through the online form, by email, or by postal mail. Be as clear and specific as possible. 
  • Once the written request is received, the SCDMV will respond within 10 business days.
  • Once the potential cost of the request is determined, the SCDMV will provide the estimated cost to you. 
  • You must send the appropriate payment in the form of a check or money order to the SCDMV.  
  • The payment must be received before the requested documents, records, or data is provided to you. See payment instructions under the Fees section below.

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 submit your request through the online form, by email, or by postal mail.

For general questions, you may contact the SCDMV's Strategic Communications & Community Affairs office at 803-896-8198 or by email

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.

Submitting a FOIA Request

You can submit a FOIA request to the SCDMV online, by email, or by postal mail. You must include your name, contact information, and organization (if any). 

For all FOIA requests, be as specific as possible about what you are requesting.

Online

You may submit a FOIA request online by clicking the button below and completing the webform. 

FOIA REQUEST FORM

By Email

You may submit a FOIA request by sending an email to the SCDMV's communications office. 

By Mail

You may submit a FOIA request by sending a written letter to:

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Strategic Communications
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0009

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.

Payment Instructions

For payments for a FOIA request, you must 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

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