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The SCDMV offers a "Veteran" designation on beginner's permits, driver's licenses, and identification cards if you served honorably in the United States Armed Forces. If you're interested in adding this designation, you may present one of the military documents listed below:
If you're a military dependent, spouse, or civilian employee on a military base, you're not eligible for the "Veteran" designation.
Adding the Veteran Designation
There is no fee to add the "Veteran" designation to your beginner's permit, driver's license, or identification card. If you're interested in adding this marking, you must visit an SCDMV branch with one of the military documents listed above.
If an acceptable military document is already on file with the SCDMV, you do not have to present it again to add "Veteran" to your beginner's permit, license, or ID card.
The SCDMV allows qualified military service members to waive the commercial skills test and/or knowledge tests to get a commercial driver's license (CDL) based on their commercial motor vehicle experience and/or training. Someone who already holds a CDL cannot use this program to upgrade their CDL.
If you have one of the following military occupation code (MOS) ratings, you could exchange your CMV training and experience for a South Carolina CDL without having to take knowledge and skills tests by applying for an even exchange waiver. You must follow any federal regulations before receiving your CDL.
88M / 14T / 92F 2T1 / F0 / 3E2 3531 EO
If you do not have one of the above MOS ratings but you have the experience of operating a military CMV as a service member, you may apply for a waiver that allows you to apply for a South Carolina CDL without having to take the skills test.
Qualifications for Both Waivers
You qualify for one of the two waivers if all of the following are true:
If your license was suspended, revoked, cancelled, or disqualified at any point over the past two years, you're not eligible for either of the waivers.
Applying for a Waiver
Your commanding officer must complete and sign the CDL Skills Test Waiver for Military Personnel (SCDMV Form DL-408A). You must submit it and a copy of your Active Duty/Reservist Military ID or Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214, WD-AGO, DD-256, or NGB-22) to the address below:
CDL Help Desk
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0028
You may also email the documents or fax them to 803-896-2676.
Temporarily Stationed in South Carolina
If you and your dependents are temporarily stationed in South Carolina, you are not required to get an SC driver's license if this is not your home state. You must have a valid license from your home state if you want to drive in this state.
Stationed Outside of South Carolina
If you're an active duty military member or a dependent, or a Department of Defense employee stationed outside South Carolina, you may renew your driver's license online or by mail.
Mail all the documents to the following address:
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0035
Expired Driver's License
If your driver's license has been expired for less than nine months, you will renew it the same way you would if your license was not expired, but you must visit an SCDMV branch. If you have more than five points on your license within the two years before you renew, you will have to take the knowledge test again.
If your driver's license has been expired for at least nine months, the process is slightly different depending on your situation. If you are stationed outside of South Carolina for no less than 90 continuous days on active duty and your license expires, SC considers the license valid as long as at least one of the following is true:
This rule only applies if your license expired during one of the following:
You would renew your driver's license just as you would if it was still valid, but you must visit an SCDMV branch within 90 days of discharge. When you visit an SCDMV branch, you must bring proper documentation of your discharge. If you come to renew your expired driver's license after 90 days of discharge, you must take the knowledge and road tests.
Proper Discharge Documents for Expired Driver's License
If you're an active duty military member or a dependent of one and have a driver's license that's been expired for nine months or more, visit an SCDMV branch within 90 days of discharge and present all of the following to avoid taking the knowledge or road tests:
If you've permanently discharged following your out-of-state assignment, you may submit your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DOD Form DD-214) as proof of your discharge date.
If you're a Department of Defense employee and have a driver's license that's been expired for nine months or more, visit an SCDMV branch within 90 days of discharge and present all of the following documents to avoid taking the knowledge or road tests: