Blythewood, SC – Beginning Monday, May 15, 2017, South Carolina citizens who are interested in getting a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, in the future, may begin bringing their identity documents to SCDMV branch offices across the state. You do not need a REAL ID-compliant card to do many of the things your current license allows you to do (more information below). The state was authorized to begin working towards full compliance and implementation of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 upon Governor Henry McMaster’s signature of House Bill 3358 in early April.
If you choose to bring your documents to the SCDMV early, you may be able to order a REAL ID-compliant license online in the future.
REAL ID cards are not available at this time.
If interested in a REAL ID-compliant card, begin gathering your documents and bring them to an SCDMV branch office, but there are four important things to remember:
If you received your first SC beginner’s permit, license, or ID during or after November 2010, you may not have to bring in your documents again. For example, if you turned 15-years-old during or after November 2010 and received your beginner’s permit, the SCDMV should have your documents in the system. Or, if you moved to the state during or after November 2010 and received an SC license, the SCDMV should have your documentation in the system.
If you believe you fall into the category above, you may confirm your documents are on file with the SCDMV by calling the Contact Center at 803-896-5000, beginning Monday, May 15, 2017. If your documents are not on file and you’re interested in getting a REAL ID-compliant license or ID, in the future, you must bring your identity documents to an SCDMV branch office.
Beginning Monday, May 15, 2017, South Carolina residents interested in getting a REAL ID-compliant license or ID, in the future, or an original beginner’s permit, license, or ID (more information below) should bring all of the following types of documents with them:
These two proofs cannot come from the same category, such as a water bill from April and a water bill from March.
You may only bring documents that prove your own identity. You may not bring documents in for people who are not physically in an SCDMV branch office..
You must bring original or a certified copy (not notarized) of all documents. The SCDMV will not accept copied or scanned versions. You can find a complete list of accepted documents on the United States Citizens’ Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93).
Some of the requirements for international customers are different. International customers will not be able to buy a REAL ID-compliant license online. They must wait until REAL ID-compliant licenses and IDs are available, visit an SCDMV branch office, and bring their identity documents in person if interested in changing their current license or ID.
If you’re an international customer interested in getting a REAL ID-compliant card in the future, you should keep your identity documents in a secure location until the SCDMV announces the cards are available. The documentation requirements for international customers are found on the International Customers’ Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-94).
There are 67 branch offices across the State of South Carolina, and you can view the wait times for each branch office at www.scdmvonline.com. The wait times you see online reflect customers who have checked in with the greeter and received a ticket number. They do not account for customers waiting to see the greeter. You may decide to visit an SCDMV branch office in a different location than your normal branch office due to its wait time.
Compliance with the federal law
The SCDMV was authorized to begin working towards full compliance of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 upon Governor Henry McMaster’s signature on House Bill 3358 in April of 2017.
The state anticipates receiving an extension from the US Department of Homeland Security through October 10, 2017, and additional extensions after that date, while it works towards full compliance and implementation. This will allow you to continue to fly domestically and access federal facilities. You must continue to use a valid US Passport/Passport Card to travel internationally.
When they’re available, REAL ID-compliant licenses and IDs will include a gold star.
If your current license or ID expires before REAL ID-compliant cards are available, you must renew it as normal. Do not drive with an expired license. If you’re not interested in getting a REAL ID-compliant card in the future, you do not need to take any action other than renewing your card as normal when it expires. Beginning this summer, you will be able to renew your license online.
Documentation changes for all licenses
Beginning May 15, 2017, regardless of whether you’re interested in getting a REAL ID-compliant or non- compliant card, all applications for an original SC beginner’s permit, driver’s license, or identification card must follow the documentation standards outlined above.
The documentation standards are similar to what the SCDMV has always required to get a license, but the agency has updated the types of documents it will accept to prove your address. For example, beginning May 15th, the agency will no longer accept a school ID, but it will accept postmarked mail, such as a letter from a relative, as long as the letter is addressed to you.
Again, you must bring two proofs of address, from two different categories on the United States Citizens’ Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93), to receive an original beginner’s permit, license, or ID beginning May 15, 2017, or a REAL ID-compliant card in the future.
About REAL ID
The United States Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005 as a result of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation to standardize government-issued identifications, like driver’s licenses. This is a federal law that affects federal agencies, federal buildings, and military bases.
You do not need a REAL ID-compliant license or ID to do any of the following:
The SCDMV will continuously release information regarding the status of REAL ID in this state as it’s confirmed. Images of the REAL ID-compliant cards are not available at this time. Follow the agency on Twitter, @SC_DMV, and Facebook, @SCDMV. You may email questions to REALID@scdmv.net. You may visit the US Department of Homeland Security’s website for additional information.
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