Is it almost time to renew your South Carolina driver’s license? In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know so you can get through the process hassle-free.
In South Carolina, most driver’s licenses expire every eight years on your birthday. The SCDMV will not send out a courtesy reminder, so it’s important to keep track on the expiration date by yourself.
First-time drivers: The SCDMV no longer issues out five-year conditional and restricted licenses – they are instead eight years.
There is no grace period to drive with an expired license in South Carolina. The consequences for driving with an expired license work the same way as if you left your license at home. If you do not renew your license within a week, you can face a $300 fine and up to 30 days in jail.
If your driver’s license is expired for over nine months, you will have to retake the written and driving tests to renew it.
The SCDMV allows drivers to renew their licenses in a number of different ways:
We’ll go through all of the different options and how to complete the process below.
You must meet ALL the following requirements to qualify for online renewal:
If you meet all the qualifications above, you can renew your Class D or Class M license online here. You will be asked to verify your identity, then you will pay $25 with a credit or debit card. The SCDMV will use your photo and signature on file. It will arrive in the mail roughly 15 days after the renewal is processed.
You only qualify to renew by mail if you meet ALL of the following criteria:
If you meet the requirements above, you can fill out form DL-63 found on the SDMVonline website. You will need to mail the form, the eye exam, and a check or money order to the address below. Your new license will arrive in the mail in about 15 days.
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0035
To renew in person, you’ll need to be prepared to do all of the following:
The cost of renewing a South Carolina license will depend on the length of time. In addition, you may need to pay additional fees for tests or payment methods. In general, you should budget the following:
Starting Oct 1, 2021 you can no longer use a standard driver’s license as your federal id. This will not affect your driving privileges in any way. However, you will not be able to use your driver’s license to board a plane, visit a military establishment, or enter certain government buildings.
You are not required to get the REAL-ID at this point. Keep in mind that if you do not upgrade, you will need a passport or other federally approved id to enter the places listed above.
That’s everything you need to know about renewing your driver’s license in South Carolina. We hope this guide has helped you understand the different options and how to qualify for them. If you need any help studying for renewal exams, well then Zutobi is the perfect study guide to make passing your test feel like a breeze.
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