Are you new to the Upstate? If so, welcome to South Carolina! Now down to business…have you gotten your SC driver’s license yet? If you are a new permanent resident, you must turn in your previous state’s driver’s license and get a new SC driver’s license.
What is the process?
You must visit a local branch of the SCDMV to obtain your SC driver’s license. You must show the following proof of identity:
- Proof of Identity, US Citizenship, and Date of Birth (Government-issued birth certificate or valid US Passport)
- Proof of Social Security Number
- Two Proofs of Current, Physical SC Address
- Proof of Legal Name Change, if applicable
You can find a complete list of accepted documents for each category at the following locations:
Additionally, you must take a vision test and pay all necessary fees. Currently, the fee is $25 for an eight-year driver’s license in SC.
Do I have to take a test?
If your out of state driver’s license is expired by nine months or more, then you are required to take the knowledge, road, and vision tests.
I am moving to SC for school. Do I need to get a new driver’s license?
No! If you are moving to this state temporarily, for example for school or the military, then you do NOT have to get a SC driver’s license. You do, however, need to have a valid driver’s license from your home state in order to legally drive in this state.
I just moved within the state. How do I update my address on my driver’s license?
You can complete an address change online, at a local SCDMV branch, or by mail. There is no fee associated with this change and the DMV will mail your new vehicle registration card to you. You don’t have to get a new driver’s license, but you may buy a new one if you choose. You must change your address within ten days of the actual change.
What about my vehicle?
You must register any vehicle you own with the state of SC within 45 days. Visit the SCDMV website for more details regarding titling and registering your vehicle in SC.
What are the insurance requirements in SC?
You must have an automobile liability insurance policy to obtain and/or renew a SC driver’s license. When you first register a vehicle in SC (and upon each renewal) you must provide the name of your insurance company. The insurance company must be licensed to do business in SC. You should keep proof of insurance in your vehicle at all times.
For more information regarding auto insurance in SC, read our blog on the topic!