ID Eligibility

You are eligible to receive an identification (ID) card if all of the following are true:

  • You do not have a valid South Carolina (SC) driver's license or beginner's permit.
  • You live in the state.
  • You are at least five.
  • You can provide documents that prove your identity to get an ID.

You do not have driving privileges if you have an ID.

When you are issued an SC ID card, any driver's licenses and ID cards previously issued by another jurisdiction (state or province) will be cancelled. If you have a valid driver's license or ID from another jurisdiction, you must surrender it in order to receive an SC ID card or license. If a license or ID card is later issued to you by another state, your SC card will be cancelled.  

Applying for an ID

If you're eligible for an ID card, you may apply for it by doing the following:

  • Complete the Application for an ID (SCDMV Form 447-NC)
  • Provide your social security number on the application. Your legal name and date of birth associated with your social security number must match what's on file with the Social Security Administration.
  • Show all required documents proving your identity such as your original birth certificate, proof of your current, physical South Carolina address (two proofs of address for a REAL ID card), and proof of all legal name changes. Find a complete list of accepted documents on the United States Citizens' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93) and International Customers' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-94)
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Renew Your Identification Card Online

If you choose to renew your ID card online, you must provide identifying information to login below. At the end of the process, you must pay for the new ID card with a valid credit card.

If you're a US Citizen interested in renewing your ID card online for an eight-year ID card, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Your ID card has to be within 12 months of the expiration date to renew.
  • You can pay with a valid credit or debit card, if applicable. ID card renewals are free for people who are 17-years-old or older and $15 for people who are five to 16-years-old.
  • You are a US Citizen. If you're not a US Citizen, you cannot renew your ID card online.
  • Your ID card has not expired for more than 9 months.
  • Your social security number, legal name, and date of birth must match what's on file with the Social Security Administration.
  • You are not a convicted violent offender.
  • You did not renew your ID card by mail or online the last time you renewed it.

If you are eligible for renewing your ID card online, you will receive an eight-year ID card n the mail. The SCDMV will use your current photograph and signature and mail your new card to the address on file. It may take up to fifteen business days to receive your renewed ID card in the mail. There is a service fee associated with an online ID renewal if you are five to 16-years-old.

RENEW ID ONLINE

Renewing an Expired ID

An ID card expires eight years after it's issued. If you're renewing your ID card less than nine months from its expiration date, the renewal process is the same as if it wasn't expired.

If you're renewing your ID that's expired by nine months or more, you must visit an SCDMV branch with all of the following documentation:

  • Show proof of identity if the SCDMV doesn't have it on file
  • Present proof of your current, physical South Carolina address. You will have to present two documents if applying for a REAL ID ID card.

The United States Citizens' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93) and the International Citizens' Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-94) have a complete list of accepted documents that can prove your identity.

ID Card Costs

Original ID cards and renewals are free for people who are 17-years-old or older. ID cards are $15 for people who are five to 16.

A replacement ID card is $10 for all ages. The only time the replacement fee is not charged is if someone who is 17-years-old or older is within one year of his or her ID card expiration date. If this is the case, your replacement ID is free and it should be processed as a renewal.