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Practice Beginner's Permit Knowledge Test

To practice for the beginner's permit test, you may download the free app to your smartphone. Search for the app under "SC DMV Driver Exam." The practice test offers a series of randomly selected questions. Each question is based on the information found in the South Carolina Driver's Manual.


Where to Take Tests

You must take a vision, knowledge, and road test when you apply for an original driver's license or upgrade to a different class. When upgrading to any type of license, you will be required to pass a vision, knowledge, and road test, strong except for a moped license. The SCDMV does not require a skills test for a moped license.

You may take vision and knowledge tests at any SCDMV branch.

There are One Stop Driver Training and Testing Programs where SCDMV authorized trainers/testers give the knowledge and/or road tests if you're applying for a first-time regular (Class D) beginner's permit, driver's license, or motorcycle (Class M) license

Find an SCDMV branch

Taking a Knowledge Test

Any of the manuals or other testing aids cannot be used while you take the knowledge test. You will fail the test if you do any of the following:

  • Leave the test room/area before the test is completed
  • Talk to anyone, whether in person or with an electronic device (cell phone, calculator, tablet reader, laptop, etc.)
  • Take anything into the test area that may assist you with the answers like written material or electronic device

You will not be able to take knowledge tests after 4 p.m.

Taking the Road Test

Beginning Monday, August 30, 2021, skills tests for regular (Class D) license applicants will be available by appointment only. The SCDMV will not accept walk-ins for regular (Class D) skills tests. Read the full update on SCDMV operations at SCDMV Skills Tests Updates (scdmvonline.com)

Beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021, the SCDMV will return to administering a modified skills tests for applicants who want a regular (Class D) license. These modified skills tests are only offered at certain branches. Find a full list of branches that offer the modified Class D skills test at SCDMV Skills Tests Updates (scdmvonline.com)

Appointments are available for 21 days in advance. It is the agency's goal to maximize your time so that you do not spend hours waiting at an SCDMV branch.

You can book the following skills test by clicking the link below:

You may hear a road test called a skills test.

You need to take a road test if you do not hold a valid driver's license.

You must provide a vehicle for the test. The vehicle must be safe and have all of the following in working condition:

  • Headlights and Brakes
  • Windshield wipers
  • Safety belts
  • Turn signals
  • Mirrors
  • Speedometer
  • Defroster
  • Horn

The vehicle must have a valid license plate, registration card, and insurance card. The skills test must be postponed if it is not safe. You will automatically fail if you do not use your seat belt.

An SCDMV employee will test you. You and the employee are the only people allowed in or around the vehicle. Your test includes all of the following:

  • Vision test - If you wear glasses, bring them.
  • Knowledge test of traffic laws, road signs, and driving safety rules
  • Driving test, if required

You should bring all of the following items to your test:

  • Old license or beginner's permit (if you have one)
  • A licensed driver
  • Vehicle liability insurance information from a company licensed to do business in SC

During the test, you will:

  • Turn on your headlights and windshield wipers
  • Turn on your turn signals (including four-way flashers)
  • Test your brake lights
  • Make lane changes
  • Make right and left turns
  • Identify road signs
  • Parallel park
  • 100 feet backing
  • Park on a hill
  • Perform a three point turnabout
  • Straight line backing

You must show the car is properly insured. If you're using a rental car, your name on the contract must show as insured.

schedule a road test

Failing the Road Test

If you do not have driving experience and you fail the skills test on your first or second attempt, you must wait two weeks before you can be re-tested regardless of age.

If you've held a driver's license and fail the test on your first or second attempt, you must wait one week before you can be re-tested regardless of age. A beginner's permit does not count as driving experience.

If you fail the test on your third attempt or more, you must wait 60 days before you can be re-tested regardless of whether or not you have previous driving experience.