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Driver's License Fees
|Driver's License Fees||Cost|
|Knowledge Test||$2 each|
5-year or less License*
|ID Cards (5 to 16 years old)||$5|
|Copy of Driving Record||$6|
|Driver's Manual||$5 + tax|
|Commercial Driver's Manual||$5 + tax|
The SCDMV no longer issues special restricted driver's licenses that are five years. Five-year or less licenses are reserved for commercial driver's licenses holders and international customers, for example. Registration Fees
|People who are 64||$38|
|People who are 65 or older or who have a disability*||$36|
|Utility or Camper Trailers||$10|
|Permanent Trailer Plate||$87|
|Trailers with an empty weight more than 2500 lbs.||
|Hybrids (Road use fee)||$60 + registration fee|
|Electric vehicles (Road use fee)||
$120 + registration fee
*If you have a disability, you must submit a statement from a medical doctor as to permanency of the disability.
Gross Vehicle Weight Fee
*If you're 65 or older or have a disability and own a truck with a GVW of up to 6000 pounds, your registration fee is $46.
The Schedule of License Fees has additional information on the cost to register trucks or trailers. Trucks over 26,000 gross vehicle weight and buses that hold 16 passengers or more and are for hire, must show an SSN or FEIN, but a tax receipt is not required.
Penalties for Late Registration
|46 to 60 days||$10|
|61 to 75 days||$25|
|76 to 135 days||$50|
|Over 135 days||$75|
Penalties for Late Registration Renewal
|1 to 14 days||$10|
|15 to 30 days||$25|
|31 to 90 days||$50|
|Over 90 days||$75|
You may pay with cash, check, credit, or debit card at any SCDMV branch. If you're paying with a credit or debit card, the card must be in your name. It cannot be in the name of a business or company you represent.
If you're mailing a transaction, you must pay with a check or money order made out to the SCDMV.
If you're completing an online transaction, you must pay with a credit or debit card.
There's a $1 + 1.7% service fee for transactions that are paid for using a debit or credit card. This is not an SCDMV fee. This service fees is for the processing of debit and credit cards. You may use cash to pay for your transaction when visiting the SCDMV in person in order to avoid this service fee.
The SCDMV will not serve customers who write bad checks. Many services will be unavailable until you pay all dishonored checks and fees.
If the SCDMV receives a returned check notification from your bank:
- You will be notified by mail that you need to pay the outstanding fees.
- You must pay the amount of the check, plus a $30 returned check fee.
- A cash alert will be added to your SCDMV record.
- The SCDMV will not accept personal checks from you.
- The cash alert will remain in place for three years after any and all dishonored check fees are paid.
You may pay at any SCDMV branch or by mail to the address below:
Dishonored Check Unit
PO Box 1029
Blythewood, SC 29016-1029
Do not mail cash.
Until all fees are paid, you will not be able to do any of the following:
- Renew your driver's license
- Renew your vehicle registration
- Replace a lost or stolen driver's license
- Replace a lost or stolen license plate
- Apply for a disabled placard
- Buy a copy of your driving record
The agency will notify the South Carolina Department of Revenue regarding customers that have not paid for a returned check. That agency may collect money for your unpaid check through your state tax refund.
If you have questions regarding returned checks, contact the SCDMV.