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    How to Renew

    Renewal of your South Carolina Commercial Driver's License (CDL) must be done in person at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You will need to provide the appropriate forms of identification showing your name, date of birth, Social Security number as well as proof of residency and citizenship.

    The fee to renew your CDL is $12.50 and $15 for the application. Additional fees may apply if you are required to take any tests.

    Adding Endorsements

    You must take written and skills tests for each endorsement you wish to add. Each test costs $2.

    Note that if you wish to add a hazmat endorsement, you will need to undergo background and fingerprint checks. Please refer to our Applying for a New CDL section for details.

    Medical Requirements

    You will need to pass an annual physical, meeting the medical requirements set forth by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration and filling out a medical report. Your doctor may or may not be approved to give CDL physicals, so check with the office when you get ready to schedule an appointment.

    New Federal Requirements

    You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with South Carolina's DMV. This means you must self-certify one of the following driving categories:

    • Non-Excepted Interstate
    • Excepted Interstate
    • Non-Excepted Intrastate
    • Excepted Intrastate

    If you choose Non-Excepted Interstate, you must, in addition to a completed self-certification application, provide the DMV with a federal medical certificate.

    Questions? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website provides detailed information.

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