How To Renew Your South Carolina Drivers License
Need to renew your South Carolina drivers license? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
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 local DMV office
If you prefer to access DMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DMV office location. 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 local DMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
Renewing Your South Carolina Drivers License
If your drivers license has expired you will want to renew it right away. You can renew by mail, online or in person. Read more about each option below.
You may only apply online if you meet the following criteria:
- Last renewal was in person
- U.S. citizen
- License has neither been expired for more than nine months nor suspended
- No more than five points on your driving record in the last two years
- Younger than 65
To renew by mail, download the renewal form and mail it, along with the apppropriate fee, to the DMV.
- U.S. citizen
- License has not been expired more than nine months
- No violations totalling more than five points in the last two years
- No driver suspensions
- No renewal by mail during last driver renewal period
- You need to provide insurance information for your vehicle
- Pay $12.50 for renewal
Click here for a full list of required documents.
- 5-year renewal: $12.50
- 10-year renewal: $25
If you are under 65, you must renew your license every 10 years. If you're over 65, you must renew every five years.
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