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Questions about Suspensions
There are many different types of suspensions. If you have specific questions, call 803-896-5000 or visit an SCDMV branch.
If your driving privileges are suspended for first offense of driving under the influence (DUI) or an unlawful alcohol concentration (DUAC), you may be eligible for a six-month provisional driver's license as long as you meet all of these requirements, based on when the violation happened.
Route Restricted Driver's License
If you are not a US citizen, you are not eligible for this license unless you have permanent resident alien status.
If you receive a route restricted license, you may drive a regular, non-commercial vehicle during the activities below:
Your route restricted license is valid for the length of the suspension.
You may only receive one route restricted license once in your lifetime. The suspensions below are eligible for this license:
If you've been suspended for not paying child support or driving under suspension (1st or 2nd offense within five years), you may be eligible for more than one route restricted license in your lifetime.
To apply for a route restricted license complete the Application for a Route Restricted Driver's License (SCDMV Form DL-127) and mail it to the address below:
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0028
If your application is approved, a route restricted license costs $100.
Temporary Alcohol License
You may be eligible for a temporary alcohol license (TAL) if you have one of the following suspensions and have filed for an administrative hearing:
While the results of your hearing are pending, you may receive a TAL for $100.
You will be able to use your TAL until the SCDMV receiving the results of the hearing.
If your suspension is sustained or continues to be in place, you must return the TAL to an SCDMV branch. You may be eligible for a route restricted driver's license (see above).
If your suspension is overturned, you must return the TAL. You will be able to apply for your regular license.