Driver Training School Regulations

All driving schools must meet certain standards. The Automobile Driver Training School Regulations outline the standards for opening a driving school in South Carolina. These programs allow SCDMV authorized trainers and testers to administer the knowledge and/or skills tests to someone who is applying for a first-time passenger vehicle or motorcycle license. 

Driver Training and Testing Programs

The SCDMV partners with people, corporations, or governmental subdivisions to administer SCDMV tests or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course. If you’re interested in becoming a trainer or tester and would like to enroll in any of these programs, you must meet the qualifications outlined in the specific Third Party Tester Safety Officer Manual and be trained.

Safety Officer Manuals

Approval Process

You must be approved by the SCDMV before you can test drivers. If you’re interested, complete all of the following documents:

Mail the completed documents to:

Office of Inspector General
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0015

Please call the Office of Inspector General at 803-896-9606 if you have any questions.

SC Code Section 56-23-10