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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applying For Your SC License
  • Preparing For Your SC Permit Test
  • Taking Your SC Permit Test
  • Preparing For Your SC Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your SC Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • After You Have Passed The SC Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Renewing Your SC Driver's License
  • What If You're Moving To South Carolina Or Just Visiting?
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Applying For Your SC License
At what age can I apply for a SC license?
To apply for a learner's permit in SC, you must be at least 15 years old.
What documents do I need to take with me when I apply for my SC license?
When you apply for your initial license, you will need to bring with you documents that verify your identity: your birth certificate, your Social Security Card, proof of your residency and your insurance information.
Where should I go to apply for my SC license?
You should apply for your SC license at your local South Carolina DMV office. You can find a list of those locations at this website: http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/offloclist.aspx
Is there a way for me to contact a South Carolina DMV office?
Yes. You can contact a South Carolina DMV office at any time by calling this number 803 896 5000 or you can e-mail this address help@scdmvonline.com. You can also visit a local office near you. Visit this website for more information: http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/offloclist.aspx
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my SC permit test?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you as they will need to sign your application.
Do I need to get a physical to be able to apply for my license?
No. You do not have to take a physical in order to get a SC driver's license.
Do I have to complete a vision test before obtaining my SC license?
Yes. You have to complete a vision test. The DMV office will test your vision at some point during your application process.
Preparing For Your SC Permit Test
Do I have to study for my SC permit test?
Yes. It's a very good idea to study for your permit test as this is the best way to ensure that you will pass. Though there are quite a few questions where you can use common sense, a few questions on the exam require more advanced knowledge.
Do I need to a complete a driver's education course to get my license in South Carolina?
The answer to this question depends on your age. If you under 17, you will need to complete 8 hours of classroom time and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Additionally, you will need to complete 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Ten of those hours should be completed at night. If you are under 18, you must complete 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training with your licensed parent/guardian for 40 hours or more. Similarly, ten of those behind-the-wheel hours should be completed at night.
Where can I find a SC Driver's Manual?
You can obtain a manual at your local DMV office or you can visit this website and download the manual: http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/forms.aspx
Do I have to read the whole SC Driver's Manual or can I skip a few chapters?
It's a good idea to read the entire manual. The permit test will cover the entire driver's manual. To be the most prepared for the exam and to give you the best chance of passing, you want to be familiar with the entire manual.
What kind of questions are on the SC permit test?
Questions on the SC permit test cover chapters of the South Carolina Driver's Manual e.g. "What is the speed limit for urban areas? "or "When is it illegal to turn on your flash signals?"
What do I need to pass the SC permit test?
You must answer 24 of the 30 questions correctly.
Where do I go to take my SC permit test?
You will take your permit test at your local DMV office. You can find a list of available locations at this website: http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/offloclist.aspx
Is there anything I should do on the night before my permit test?
The night before your permit test make sure you review your notes. Don't try to cram a ton of new information last minute. Also make sure you get a good night's rest.
How do I know if I'm ready to take the SC permit test?
Only you can know when you are ready to take the SC permit test. Before the test, make sure you're familiar with all of these topics: basic rules of the road, common risks and dangers on the road, responding to accidents, driving in various districts, right of way rules and DUI laws.
Taking Your SC Permit Test
Where should I go to sign up for my SC permit test?
You can sign up for your SC permit test at your local DMV office. You can find the nearest location at this website: http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/offloclist.aspx
What documents do I need to bring with me when I take my SC permit test?
When you apply for your initial license, you will need to bring with you documents that verify your identity: your birth certificate, your Social Security Card, proof of your residency and your insurance information.
How much does the SC permit test cost?
In South Carolina, the permit test costs $2 and the permit costs $2.50.
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my SC permit test?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you as they will need to sign your application.
What do I need to know in order to pass my SC permit test?
It's a good idea to be familiar with all sections of the SC Driver's Manual. You should be familiar with traffic markings, lane changes, road signs, traffic signals, pedestrian laws, speed limits and much more.
How many questions are on the SC permit test?
There are thirty questions on the SC Permit Test.
Is the permit test open book?
No. You are not allowed to bring the South Carolina Driver's Manual or any other supplementary study materials into the exam with you.
Do I have to take a drug test before I get my permit?
In South Carolina you do not have to submit to a drug test before getting your permit.
What happens if I fail my SC permit test?
If you fail your permit test, you won't be given a permit. You will be able to retake the SC Permit Test, but the waiting time varies depending on how many times you have failed. If you have failed the SC Permit Test once or twice, the waiting period in between tests is two weeks. If you have failed the test three or four more times, you will need to wait 60 days. If you have failed your SC Permit Test, do not rush retaking it. Reread the SC Driver's Manual and study thoroughly before retaking the SC Permit Test.
Preparing For Your SC Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
What happens after I obtain my permit?
After you have received your permit, you will need to maintain a good driving record for 180 days before you can apply for your license. During this time, if you are under 17, you should attend a Driver's Education course. If you are under 18, you should complete, at minimum, 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a parent or legal guardian.
What restrictions, if any, are there on my SC Learner's Permit?
The biggest restriction on your SC Permit is that you can not drive alone. When you are driving, a licensed driver who is 21 years old, should always be in the car with you.
What driving skills should I develop when preparing for my SC road test?
You should feel confident conducting basic safety checks, performing smooth lane changes, starting and stopping your vehicle smoothly and sharing the road with other vehicles.
What do I need to bring with me when I take my SC Driving Exam?
You should bring your Learner's Permit and Form PDLA, which certifies that you've completed a Driver's Education course and the necessary hours of behind-the-wheel training. Additionally, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you to sign your application.
What do I have to do on the SC Driving Exam?
On the SC Driving Exam, you will need to demonstrate parts of your vehicle to the examiner first before you begin driving. As you drive, your number one priority should be demonstrating your ability to drive safely and effectively.
Do I need to learn how to parallel park for my SC Driving Exam?
Yes. You do need to learn how to parallel park as you will be asked to do so on your SC Driving Exam.
Is there anything in particular I should do the night before my SC road test?
The night before your road test, you should practice driving with a licensed driver, who is 21 years old or older. Don't overdo it though. Make sure you get a good night's rest.
At what location can I take my SC Driving Exam?
You should complete your SC Driving Exam at a DMV office near you. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/offloclist.aspx
Do I need to supply a vehicle for my SC Driving Exam?
Yes. You have to bring your own car with you. You must able to provide proof of registration and insurance. You should also ensure the vehicle is in good working condition.
Taking Your SC Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
Who do I need to bring with me when I take my SC Driving Exam if I am under 18?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you.
What tips should I follow for my SC Driving Exam?
Remember to pay attention to oncoming traffic. Stay within the speed limit and leave a safe distance between yourself and other cars. Check your mirrors regularly. Always come to a complete stop and keep both hands on your steering wheel at all times.
Is there anything I should expect for my SC Driving Exam?
You should expected to be tested on your ability to drive safely and effectively. You should be able to make a quick stop, observe intersections, pass other vehicles safely and use the appropriate lanes.
During the actual Driving Exam who is allowed to be in the car with me?
You and your examiner are the only people allowed in your vehicle during the driving exam. No one else will be permitted.
What common driving errors to applicants make on their driving exam?
Common mistakes include: not thoroughly practicing, hitting your brakes too harshly, performing rolling stops, missing a turn, causing an accident or driving recklessly.
What happens if I fail the SC road test?
If you fail the SC Driving Exam, you will not receive your license. You will be able to retake the Driving Exam, but as with the Permit Test the waiting time in between your retakes varies depending how many times you failed the exam. For example, if you have failed the test once or twice, you will have to wait a week. If you fail 3 or more times, you will have to wait 60 days before you can retake the SC Driving Exam. Don't rush retaking your SC Driving Exam. Pay attention to what your examiner indicates as your weaknesses and work upon improving your driving skills.
After You Have Passed The SC Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
What happens after I pass my SC Driving Exam?
Once you have passed your SC Driving Exam, you will receive your license.
Are there are restrictions on my initial SC Driving License if I am under 18?
Yes. There will be some limitations on your license if you are under 15 or 16 years old. You will not be allowed to have more than 2 passengers, who are under 21, in the car with you. You are not allowed to drive alone between 6 PM And 12 AM unless you are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. Additionally, you are not allowed to drive between 12 AM and 6 AM unless your parent or legal guardian accompanies you.
Do I need to have car insurance?
Yes. You will need to carry a minimum coverage of $25,000 per person for bodily injury and $50,000 for all persons injured in one accident.
How much does car insurance cost?
The cost of your car insurance will vary depending on your age, credit history, driving history and your gender.
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers?
New drivers and inexperienced drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident, insurance companies often charge more to cover them.
Renewing Your SC Driver's License
How can I renew my SC Driver's license?
Depending on your eligibility, you are able to renew your license by mail or in person. You are eligible to renew your license by mail if you did not renew your license by mail for the previous renewal.
Do I need to retake the vision test when I renew my SC Driver's license?
Yes. You will need to retake and pass a vision test before you renew your license. In some cases, you may be able to provide a certificate from your optometrist or ophthalmologist.
What If You're Moving To South Carolina Or Just Visiting?
When I move to South Carolina from another state, do I have to pass the SC road test?
No. You do not have to take the SC Driving Exam. You will need to replace your out-of-state license for a SC Driver's License. You have 90 days to do this. Additionally, you will have to pass a vision test.
After moving to South Carolina, how many days do I have to get a South Carolina license?
After you become a SC resident you have ninety days to obtain a SC license.
Is my out-of-state learner's permit valid in South Carolina?
Yes it will be valid. If you are becoming a resident of South Carolina, you will need to replace your out-of-state permit with a SC Learner's Permit.
If I'm not a South Carolina resident do I need to have a South Carolina Driver's license to drive in South Carolina?
No. It's okay to drive in SC with a valid out-of-state Driver's license as long as you are not a resident and do not plan to become a resident.
Can I drive in South Carolina with my out-of-country license?
If you possess a valid Driver's License from another country, you will need to acquire a SC Driver's License if you plan to stay in South Carolina for prolonged period of time. Visit the official SC DMV website for more information about out-of-country licenses and the procedures you will need to follow: http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/Question Category