South Carolina License Renewal: A Step-by-Step Guide

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles handles the renewal process. This process happens every 8-years for those with valid licenses. You can check the validity of your license and how you’ll likely renew by calling your local SC DMV.

South Carolina driver’s license renewal is done:

  • In-Person
  • Online
  • By Mail

This guide helps you understand what you’ll do during the license renewal steps. You’ll learn the documents, fees, and other requirements to get your license through the various methods.

How to Renew Your SC Driver’s License

You can renew your South Carolina driver’s license up to 9 months after it’s been expired. Waiting longer than this 9-month period will require you to apply for an SC license. So, it’s good to keep your expiration date in mind else face the annoyances.

Renewals are available for those with valid licenses. This means you cannot use these renewal methods if you have a suspended or revoked license. Other requirements detailed in the sections below.

Here are the steps and requirements for each of the available renewal methods.

In-person Renewal

In-person renewals won’t take long if you have paperwork and documents ready for the visit. You can use this time to upgrade your license to a REAL ID by bringing additional documents showing your U.S. citizenship and residency.

At the DMV you will:

  1. Show proof of ID
  2. Provide proof of car insurance
  3. Pass your exams:
    1. Vision or provide an eye exam
    2. Knowledge test if you have more than 5 points on your record (in the past 2 years)
  4. Pay the $25 (8-year) renewal fee

You’ll receive your renewed licensing and be on your way. Because you did the renewal in-person, you can apply for your new renewal online given you meet the requirements.

Online Renewal

You can renew your South Carolina driver’s license online given your license is valid and you haven’t received 5 points in the last 2 years. You cannot renew if you have a conditional/restricted license, renewed online previously, and are a convicted violent offender, too.

Those able will do the following:

  1. Visit the SCDMV renewal page
  2. Follow the instructions and enter your information
  3. Pay the licensing fee

Mail Renewal

Eligible U.S. citizens without 5 points on their record (within 2 years) and do not have restrictions like those detailed in the ‘online renewal’ portion can renew by mail.

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. File and mail the Driver’s License Renewal by Mail form (DL-63)
  2. Include an eye exam document (within the last 12 months)
  3. Include the $28 renewal fee payment

Send your information to:


P.O. Box 1498

Blythewood, SC 29016

Military members can renew from out-of-state or overseas using this mail-in method. You’ll provide extra details like your out-of-state/country address, the application, payment, and details covering your out-of-state or military details. Call the SCDMV for more information regarding this option.

Find a South Carolina License Office

Have questions about renewing your SC license or any other inquiries you need to be answered about driving in South Carolina? Use our SC DMV Directory to find the nearest office near you!