All SCDMV branches remain open for now

In accordance with Executive Order No. 2020-11 made by the governor Friday, all SCDMV branches remain open to “ensure the proper function and continuity of state government operations.” The agency has taken steps to make sure the health and safety of employees remain a top priority, and customers are encouraged to complete their business with the agency online or by mail whenever possible.

”The value SCDMV employees provide to more than five million South Carolinians does not go unnoticed by state leaders,” said SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. “This agency provides essential, mission-critical services every day regardless of the circumstances facing the state.”

Shift in Operations Explained

South Carolinians are encouraged now more than ever to complete their SCDMV-related business online at or by mail. While branches remain open, you are encouraged to check to see if your transaction can be completed from the comfort of home before visiting an SCDMV branch.

South Carolinians can conduct the following transactions online:
Check eligibility for a REAL ID license and purchase REAL ID license if eligible
Renew a driver’s license
Purchase a replacement driver’s license
Purchase a collision report or motor vehicle record
Update residence or special mailing address
Update an emergency contact for law enforcement and first responders
Purchase a replacement vehicle registration card
Purchase a replacement title
Pay reinstatement fees and check if eligible for the payment plan
Exchange a license plate for a specialty license plate
Renew registration (if received mailer explaining that a late fee is due)
SCDMV employees will continue to staff agency headquarters in Blythewood to ensure transactions like the ones listed above continue to be processed in a timely manner. Employees at the agency’s headquarters will also support Motor Carrier Services, Member Services, dealerships, and other SCDMV partners.
”While SCDMV offices remain open to the public, we have suspended all road tests through April 3. However we will continue to offer the pre-trip and basic skills portion of commercial driver’s license test,” said SCDMV Director of Branch Services Courtney Saxon. “Offices will function on a one-in, one-out model, and no branch will have more than the total number of customers that can be served at one time plus the total number of employees at the office inside the branch at any time.”