Renewing Your CDL in South Carolina

If you drive a commercial vehicle, you’re used to operating on a deadline. Make sure you stick to South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) deadline and renew your commercial driver license before it expires.

Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of the CDL renewal process.

CDL Eligibility in South Carolina

In South Carolina, commercial driver licenses are valid for a period of 5 years and expire on your birthday of the last year.

The federal government requires you to submit a current Medical Examiner’s Certificate (Form MCSA-5876) to the DMV if you certify as a:

  • Non-excepted interstate driver.
    OR
  • Non-excepted intrastate driver.

Typically, medical cards are valid for 2 years, unless the medical examiner changes the expiration date. For more information on what may be medically required of you to renew your CDL, check out our guide to South Carolina CDL medical requirements.

If you have a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) endorsement for your CDL, you must pass the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) fingerprint-based background check BEFORE you visit the DMV and complete the renewal process. Jump over to our page on HAZMAT endorsements for instructions regarding TSA threat assessments.

How to Renew Your SC CDL

To renew your commercial driver's license in South Carolina, visit your local DMV office and provide your:

You’ll also be required to:

  • Have your picture taken.
  • Pass a:
    • Vision exam.
      • Bring your glasses or contacts if you need them.
    • Written knowledge test, for HAZMAT-endorsed drivers ONLY.

SC CDL Renewal Fees

Here are the fees associated with renewing your South Carolina commercial driver license:

  • License fee: $12.50.
  • Application fee: $15, required for renewal.
  • Knowledge tests: $2 each.

Forms

447-CDL
Application for a Commercial Drivers License
SC DMV application for a commercial learner's permit OR commercial driver's license.
DL-405A
CDL Medical Certification & Frequently Asked Questions
Submit to the SC Department of Motor Vehicles to self-certify as an excepted OR non-excepted interstate OR intrastate commercial driver.
MCSA-5876
Medical Examination Certificate
Medical exam certificate certain SC commercial drivers must carry with a CDL. Your doctor must complete the certificate.