Obtaining A New South Carolina Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in South Carolina? The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

Before you can drive in South Carolina you’ll need to obtain a new drivers license at your local DMV office. Click here to receive your personalized checklist and forms.

Drivers Manual
Study the South Carolina Driver Manual to help prepare you for the written and driving tests.

If you've never owned a driver's license, you must hold a beginner's permit for a minimum of 180 days before being cleared to apply for a license. You must also:

  • Be 15 years or older
  • Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must be accompanied by parents
  • Take vision test
  • Take written test
  • Take driving test
  • Applicants must carry a Social Security Number
  • Provide acceptable proof of identification
  • Provide vehicle insurance
  • Provide proof of South Carolina residency

Click here for a full list of documents.

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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