March 14-18 is South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) Driver Suspension Eligibility Week for drivers with certain license suspensions. During Driver Suspension Eligibility Week, South Carolina drivers who have lost their driving privileges for suspensions included in this program may be able to reduce or clear the remaining time of their suspensions. This program will assist the following types of suspended drivers:
- Drivers under 18 years of age that are suspended for excessive points.
- Drivers suspended for operating an unlicensed taxi or vehicle.
- Drivers suspended for operating an uninsured vehicle that they did not own.
- Drivers suspended for operating or allowing operation of an uninsured vehicle.
- Drivers suspended for driving under suspension, excluding alcohol or drug related convictions.
Drivers must meet all of the conditions of their suspensions to qualify for the program. Fees must be paid and can’t be waivered. The Certificate of Insurance (FORM SR-22) must be filed if it is required, if you have more than one suspension, the DMV will recalculate the suspension time. If your suspensions are not covered under the program you will still need to serve the suspensions.
To apply, you must complete the Drivers Suspension Eligibility Application, Form DL-601 and visit one of the SCDMV offices during the eligibility week. Only if you are cleared of all suspensions may you apply for driver’s licenses and depending on the type of suspension, you may also be required to take the vision, knowledge and road skills test before getting your new license.
The Allendale office is open Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All other offices are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During Driver Suspension Eligibility Week, many DMV offices may experience a longer wait time due to the increased number of customers.
For more information, please see the Driver Suspension Eligibility Week Frequently Asked Questions and the following link: SC Code of Laws 56-1-396