If you are a US citizen, who is:
- Under 65, you may receive a five-year driver’s license if you meet the requirements and renew through the mail. If you renew your license at an SCDMV branch, you will receive a ten-year driver's license for $25.
- 65 or older, you are eligible for a five-year license regardless of whether it is renewed at an SCDMV branch or through the mail.
If you're not a US citizen, you cannot renew by mail.
If you're a US citizen interested in renewing your driver's license by mail for a five-year license, you must meet all of the following requirements:
- Your license has not been expired more than nine months.
- You have not received more than five points on your record in the last two years.
- Your license is not suspended or subject to be suspended.
- You did not renew your license by mail during the last renewal period.
- You do not have a commercial driver’s license.
- You are not a Convicted Violent Offender in the SCDMV system.
- You do not currently have a conditional or special restricted license.
How do I renew a driver’s license by mail?
If you meet the requirements above, you must complete the application to Renew a Driver’s License by Mail (SCDMV Form DL-63).
Mail your completed application and a check or money order, made out to the SCDMV, to the address below:
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0035
It costs $12.50 for a five-year license. Do not mail cash.
Mail your application and payment at least three weeks before your expiration date. If you renew by mail, the SCDMV will use the same photograph and signature on your current license.
Renew an Expired Driver’s License
Do not drive with an expired driver's license. If your license has been expired for less than nine months, you would renew it as if it wasn't expired.
If your driver’s license is expired by nine months or more, you must visit an SCDMV branch.
You must have all of the correct documents with you that prove you are who you say you are. You can find a complete list of accepted documents on the United States Citizens' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93) and the International Customers' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-94).
You must pass the knowledge and skills tests.
Renew at an SCDMV Branch
If you're younger than 65, you'll receive a ten-year license. It is $25.
You must do all of the following to renew at a branch:
- Provide your vehicle insurance information.
- If you received more than five points against your driving record in the last two years, pass a knowledge test
The requirements are different if you're a not a US citizen.
If you're visiting an SCDMV branch to renew your license, consider bringing all required documents to get a REAL ID in the future. The SCDMV can scan your documents during your visit, and you may be eligible to order your license online when the new cards are available in 2018. You can find a complete list of accepted documents on the United States Citizens' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93). International customers are not eligible for online ordering.