SC driver suspension eligibility week set for March 15-19

BLYTHEWOOD – The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) will offer the 2021 Driver Suspension Eligibility Week statewide, during March 15 – 19 for drivers with licenses suspended for various reasons.

 During this week, drivers licensed in South Carolina who lost their driving privileges due to certain suspensions, may be able to reduce or clear the remaining time of their suspension. Drivers with the following types of suspensions are eligible for the program:

Excessive points for someone under the age of 18

Operating an unlicensed taxi

Operating an uninsured vehicle that they did not own

Operating or allowing someone else to operate an uninsured vehicle

Driving under suspension, excluding alcohol or drug related conviction

 Drivers who qualify for the program must complete the Driver Suspension Eligibility Application (SCDMV Form DL-601) and visit an SCDMV branch during the week of March 15 – 19, 2021.

This special program is only available one week a year. Only drivers who clear all suspensions may apply for a license. Depending on the type of suspension, drivers may be required to pass the knowledge and road tests before receiving a new license.

 To qualify, drivers must meet all conditions of their suspensions and pay all fees. No fees will be waive or forgiven.

If required, a suspended driver must get a Certificate of Insurance (SR-22) filed by his or her insurance company.

If a driver has more than one suspension, the SCDMV will recalculate the suspension time. Drivers with suspensions not covered by the program will need to continue serving those suspensions. For questions related to eligibility, drivers can call the Contact Center at 803-896-5000.

To help avoid long wait times, the SCDMV encourages customers to book an appointment online at www.SCDMVOonline.com/Schedule-Appointment.

Most SCDMV branch offices have same-day or next-day appointments available. If customers are trying to book an appointment and find that there are no appointments available at their chosen location, they are encouraged to check for an appointment at the next closest location. Although appointments are preferred, every SCDMV branch is accepting walk-in customers as well.

Driver Suspension Eligibility Week applications will be processed by SCDMV branch offices during the following days and times:

  • Monday, March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, March 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 For the Allendale and McCormick offices, Driver Suspension Eligibility Week will take place only on Wednesday, March 17th, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Customers must bring all required documents in order to get a REAL ID‌.

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