SCDMV Aims to Streamline REAL ID Process

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – The S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles said its newly designed, mobile-first website will streamline the process for South Carolinians who are getting ready to order a REAL ID driver’s license.

Residents can now login online to learn if the documents needed to order and buy the ID are already on file with SCDMV. You’ll be able to order the REAL ID when it becomes available in 2o18.

“This eliminates the need to call, wait on hold, and confirm that all of the needed documents are on file for you to get a REAL ID,” said SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. “Customers can now access this information throughout all hours of the day, not just during normal business hours.”

Since May 15, SCDMV said more than 48,500 South Carolinians have brought their documents to convert their license, in the future, to a branch. This total is in addition to the documents the agency already had on file for residents who got their SC license during or after November 2010.

To check if your documents are up-to-date with SCDMV, click here, search “REAL ID” and follow the prompts. You’ll need to enter your license number, social security number and date of birth.

In order to buy a REAL ID license online next year, the following must be true:

  • Required documents are on file with the SCDMV
  • Driving privileges are in good standing
  • Have a regular (Class D, E, F, M, or any combination of the four) license

If you find SCDMV does not have the required documents on file and you’re interested in changing your current SC license to a REAL ID, bring the following documents to an SCDMV branch as soon as possible:

  • Proof of Identity (Birth certificate or valid US Passport)
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Two Proofs of Current, Physical SC Address
  • Proof of All Legal Name Changes

SCDMV said that if you have an identification card, commercial driver’s license, or are an international customer, REAL ID licenses and IDs will not be available for online ordering. If you fall into one of these categories, gather the above documents and keep them in a secure location until REAL IDs are available next year. You will need to go to a SCDMV branch with your documents to change your card.

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