Welcome to the South Carolina DMV public services web site! From here you can access selected DMV transactions without visiting a DMV office or mailing in a form.

To use our online services you must identify yourself by entering your driver's license number, identification card number, or your vehicle plate number. Certain transactions require additional identifying information to protect your privacy.

Several transactions require payment by one of the following debit/credit card types (Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express) or by Electronic Check. Those transactions are marked with a “$”.

Your online payment will be processed by SC.GOV, the state’s official Web portal. The payment will include fees, charged by SC.GOV, that are used to develop, maintain, enhance, and expand the service offerings of the state's portal.

Registration Renewal Information

Vehicle registrations are generally renewed at the time property taxes are paid to the county in which the vehicle is located. The counties listed below provide the ability to pay your taxes and registration fees online.

You can find more information about county services at the South Carolina Association of Counties web site.

Contact Us

If you have a question regarding a transaction, you may contact us at (803) 896-5000. Please be ready to provide the following information so that we may better assist you:

  • your license, ID card, or plate number,
  • the transaction being performed,
  • any error number that was displayed, and
  • a description of your problem.

For security reasons, please do not use email to provide private or confidential information such as Social Security numbers and driver license numbers. Questions specific to your vehicle, driver license or driving record cannot be handled by email.

Online Driver's License and ID Card Renewals

The Department of Motor Vehicles may no longer renew your driver’s license due to a clause in South Carolina law that requires customers to submit to a vision screening or present a certificate of eye examination as part of the renewal process. Section 56-1-220 allowed a person to renew his license for an additional five years by web or mail without a vision screening or certificate of eye examination. This provision ended October 1, 2008. New legislation must be passed before the DMV can continue to renew driver’s licenses on the web.

To renew your driver’s license, you should visit your local SCDMV office. Click here for a list of DMV field offices.

Identification Card Renewals require a customer to visit a local SCDMV office.

Completing a Pending Registration Renewal

When a county notifies DMV that property taxes and registration renewal fees have been paid, DMV will process the renewal. While most renewals are processed without incident, two types of errors occasionally occur:

  • the registration renewal fee was not paid when the taxes were paid, and
  • the renewal is late and requires an additional fee.

If you have received a notice that your renewal was not processed for either or both of the above reasons you may complete your renewal using the Complete Registration Renewal transaction.

System Availability

DMV performs system maintenance each Sunday night between the hours of 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM. This site may be unavailable during this time period.

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