Driver Suspension Eligibility Week 2020

March 03, 2020

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) will hold the 2020 Driver Suspension Eligibility Week statewide for drivers with licenses suspended for various reasons March 16 - 20, 2020.  During the week, drivers licensed in South Carolina, who lost their driving privileges due to certain suspensions, may be able to reduce or clear the remaining time of their suspension. Drivers with the following types of suspensions are eligible for the program:
  • Excessive points for someone under the age of 18
  • Operating an unlicensed taxi
  • Operating an uninsured vehicle that they did not own
  • Operating or allowing someone else to operate an uninsured vehicle
  • Driving under suspension, excluding alcohol or drug related convictions

Drivers who may qualify for the program must complete the Driver Suspension Eligibility Application (SCDMV Form DL-601) and visit an SCDMV branch during the week of March 16 - 20. This special program is only available one week a year. Only drivers who clear all suspensions may apply for a license. Depending on the type of suspension, drivers may be required to pass the knowledge and road tests before receiving a new license.
Qualified drivers must meet all conditions of their suspension. Drivers must pay all fees. No fees will be waived. If required, suspended drivers must get a Certificate of Insurance (SR-22) filed by their insurance company. If a driver has more than one suspension, the SCDMV will recalculate the suspension time. Drivers with suspensions not covered by the program will need to continue serving those suspensions.

The Allendale and McCormick offices will process Driver Suspension Eligibility Week applications on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. only. ALL other branches will process Driver Suspension Eligibility Week applications from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. ALL branches will be closed from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. for training on Wednesday, March 18. On that day, applications for Driver Suspension Eligibility Week will take place from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If a customer is reinstating his or her license, he or she will receive a standard, non-REAL ID license unless all required documents are on file with the DMV and the customer wants a REAL ID. In order to receive a REAL ID license, you must bring with you or the SCDMV must have on file all of the following:
  • Proof of Identity (Government-issued birth certificate or valid US Passport)
  • Proof of Social Security Number (Social security card, 1099, non-1099, W-2)
  • Two Proofs of Current, Physical SC Address
  • Proof of All Legal Name Changes
  • Applicable payment ($25; cash, check, or card accepted)
For a complete list of accepted documents, view the United States Citizens' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93).

During Driver Suspension Eligibility Week, many SCDMV branches may experience longer wait times due to an increase in customers. For questions related to your eligibility, call the Contact Center at 803-896-5000.