Search
Search & Choose State
  • Location:

  • Renewing Your License in South Carolina

    Renewing Your Driver’s License in South Carolina

    In South Carolina, you need to renew your driver’s license with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) either in person or by mail.

    If you need to renew your ID card, please see our Identification Cards in South Carolina page.

    If you need to renew your SC commercial drivers license (CDL), please see our Renew your South Carolina CDL page.

    When to Renew Your SC Driver License

    Your South Carolina driver’s license will expire on your birthday, and is valid for either 5 years or 10 years.

    You can renew by mail or in person. You cannot renew your SC driver’s license online. Renewal requirements and methods differ based on whether your license is:

    • Current and valid.
    • Expired.
    • Suspended.
    • Lost, damaged, or stolen.

    NOTES:

    • If you are 65 years old or older, you are only eligible for driver’s license for 5 years.
    • If you renew by mail, you may only obtain a driver license for 5 years.
    • If you are not a U.S. citizen, please see the “Non-U.S. Citizen SC Driver’s License Renewal” section below.

    Valid Driver’s License

    You can renew your valid South Carolina driver’s license up to 9 months after it expires. During this period, it is still considered valid for renewal.

    Expired Driver License

    If your South Carolina drivers license has been expired for more than 9 months, you must visit a SC DMV office in person and:

    • Pass a written knowledge test.
    • Pass a driving skills test.
    • Provide proof of your SC residency, such as your:
      • Recent utility bill.
      • Current or last year’s income tax return.
      • Recent Social Security statement.
    • Provide proof of your identity (if not already on file with the SC DMV), such as your:
      • Passport.
      • Permanent resident card.
      • Employment authorization card.
    • Provide your Social Security card or letter of ineligibility (if not already on file with the South Carolina DMV).

    Documents must be originals unless otherwise specified. Visit the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website for a full list of accepted documents.

    Do NOT drive in South Carolina on an expired driver’s license.

    Suspended Driver License

    If your SC driver’s license is suspended, you’ll need to pay a reinstatement fee of $100 or more before you can renew it. You’ll then need to follow the steps listed above for an expired driver’s license renewal.

    For more information, please see our South Carolina Suspended License page.

    Check Your Driving Record

    Is your driver’s license valid or suspended? Check your South Carolina driving record to find out.

    Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver’s License

    If your SC drivers license has been lost, stolen, or damaged, you can still renew it if you know your driver’s license number.

    If your renewal date hasn’t yet arrived and you’d like to request a replacement driver’s license, please see our guide on Replacing a Lost License in South Carolina.

    By-Mail Driver’s License Renewal

    You may only renew a driver’s license for 5 years if you renew by mail. If you wish to renew your license for 10 years, you must do so in person.

    To be eligible for a mail-in renewal, you must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen.
    • Have an unexpired SC driver’s license, or one that has been expired for less than 9 months.
    • Have had no more than 5 points for violations in the last 2 years.
    • Not have a suspended driver’s license.
    • Have renewed your last South Carolina driver license in person.
    • Be renewing a non-commercial drivers license.
    • Not be registered as a Convicted Violent Offender on the SC DMV records.

    To renew by mail, you’ll need:

    • A completed renewal-by-mail application (Form DL-63).
      • You will need to have had an eye exam in the last 12 months, and your eye doctor must complete the vision information portion of the application.
    • Payment for the renewal fee. (See the “Fees to Renew Your SC Driver License” section below.)

    Mail the above to:

    SCDMV
    P.O. Box 1498
    Blythewood, SC 29016

    In-Person Driver License Renewal

    You may renew a SC driver’s license for either 5 years or 10 years in person.

    To do so, visit your local South Carolina DMV office. You’ll need to:

    • Pass a vision exam, or provide certification that you’ve passed an eye exam in the last 12 months.
    • Provide your South Carolina car insurance information.
    • Pass a driving knowledge test if you have had more than 5 points for violations in the past 2 years.
    • Pay the renewal fee. (See the “Fees to Renew Your SC Driver License” section below.)

    If you are 65 years old or older, your new SC drivers license will be valid for 5 years.

    If you are under 65 years old, your new South Carolina drivers license will be valid for 10 years.

    SC Military Member Renewal Exemptions

    You have 60 days to renew your expired SC driver license upon returning to South Carolina if:

    • You are an active-duty military member.
    • You are a spouse or dependent of a military member stationed outside of South Carolina.
    • You are one of the above and you were away from South Carolina for 30 consecutive days before your expiration date.

    Veteran Designation

    If you were honorably discharged from the military, you can apply for a veteran designation on your SC drivers license.

    To apply for the designation when you renew your SC driver’s license, visit your local SC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office and provide one of the following:

    • DD-214.
    • Certificate of Discharge.
    • Enlisted Separation Paper.

    The veteran designation costs $1.

    Non-U.S. Citizen SC Driver’s License Renewal

    If you are a non-U.S. citizen and need to renew your SC driver license, you must visit one of the following SC DMV International Customer Offices in person:

    • Bluffton.
    • Charleston.
    • Conway.
    • Florence.
    • Greenville.
    • Greer.
    • Irmo/Ballentine.
    • Lancaster.
    • Laurens.
    • Myrtle Beach.
    • North Augusta.
    • Orangeburg.
    • Rock Hill.
    • Seneca.
    • Shop Road.
    • Spartanburg.

    You’ll need to:

    • Pass a vision test or provide certification of an eye exam in the past 12 months.
    • Pass a driving knowledge test if you have had more than 5 points on your license in the past 2 years.
    • Prove your identity, plus date and place of birth, with documents such as:
      • Passport.
      • Permanent resident card.
      • Employment authorization card.
    • Provide your Social Security card or a letter of denial.
    • Prove your South Carolina residency, with documents such as your:
      • Recent utility bill.
      • Current or last year’s income tax return.
      • Recent Social Security statement.
    • Provide your vehicle liability insurance information.
    • Pay the renewal fee. (See the “Fees to Renew Your SC Driver License” section below.)

    Documents must be originals unless otherwise specified. Visit the SC Department of Motor Vehicles’ website for a full list of accepted documents.

    Fees to Renew Your SC Driver License

    It will cost you the following fees to renew your South Carolina drivers license:

    • Valid for 5 years: $12.50.
    • Valid for 10 years: $25.
    • Valid for 5 years or less for non-U.S. citizens: $12.50.
    • Veteran designation: additional $1.

    Accepted Payment Methods

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles offices accept the following payment methods for in-person transactions:

    • Cash.
    • Check.
    • Debit/credit card.

    For mailed-in transactions, payment must be submitted by check, made payable to “SCDMV.”

    Organ Donation Survey

    Are you currently registered as an Organ Donor?

    Yes No

    Thank you! Besure to keep your registration up to date.

    Update Your Organ
    Donor Information ▸