Updates for the Total Solar Eclipse
August 16, 2017
During the afternoon of Monday, August 21, 2017, many parts of South Carolina will experience some of the longest periods of darkness during the total solar eclipse. The SCDMV wants to make sure you're safe and its employees are safe during this historic event.
For this reason, there will be no regular (Class D) road tests from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Monday, August 21. If you've already scheduled your road test, you will be contacted by the SCDMV to reschedule your appointment. There will be no motorcycle (Class M) tests during total darkness (for most of the state, this is between 2:36-2:48 p.m.).
Motorcycle tests will continue as normal during the 1:30-3:30 p.m. window, besides the totality time period above.
Pre-trip and pad portions of commercial driver's license tests will occur during the 1:30-3:30 p.m. window, but the road portion will not.
All of the information above can be slightly shifted at the specific branch's discretion depending on conditions at the office.
Some counties and cities are closing their offices due to eclipse activity, and there is one SCDMV branch located within a city office that must close as a result of the building closure.
City of Charleston Police will be working security during different eclipse activities around the city, and the Charleston-Lockwood Blvd. branch is located within the police building. Since police will be working elsewhere, the Charleston-Lockwood Blvd. branch will not open on Monday, August 21.
If you planned to visit the Charleston-Lockwood Blvd. branch on Monday, consider visiting the Charleston-Leeds Ave. or Charleston-Wappoo Rd. branch instead. Employees from Charleston-Lockwood Blvd. will be working at these branches. Both of these branches will be open and ready to serve you!