SCDMV announces license renewals now available online


The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that South Carolinians who have a regular (Class D, E, F, M, or any combination of the four) driver's license, whose driving privileges are in good standing, may renew their license from the comfort of home at beginning today, October 11.

"This eliminates the need to visit an SCDMV branch and keeps wait times and lines shorter for the public," said Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. "We're a customer-centric agency, and this is a small step in the process of bringing the SCDMV to customers, instead of making customers come to us."

Now, the only reason to visit the SCDMV is every other time you’re due for a renewal in order to take a new photograph for your license, as long as your driving privileges remain in good standing. If you renewed by mail the last time you renewed your license, you're ineligible for online renewal this time and must visit an SCDMV branch.

Commercial driver’s licenses, identification cards, or international customers will still need to visit an SCDMV branch to renew licenses or IDs.

Vision screenings are not required for most people according to state law so, this also means that there is no reason for many people to visit the SCDMV. A first South Carolina permit or driver’s license or people returning to the state after being licensed in a different state will need the vision screening.

"Customers who did not renew their license the last time by mail can go to our website, confirm their address, and order their new license with a valid credit card," said Director of Driver Services Annie Phelps. "We'll use your current photograph and mail your new license. When renewing online, you'll pay $12.50 for a five-year license. Please destroy your old license when you receive your new one."

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