All persons authorized to live, work, or study in the United States on a temporary or permanent basis will be eligible to apply for a beginner's permit, driver's license or identification card. All applicants must provide proper documentation to prove their legal status and that they are within their current authorized period of stay.
The expiration date of the driver's license will be determined by the applicant's authorized period of stay in the United States or the expiration date of the applicant's employment authorization document.
If the applicant is applying for a driver's license, they must submit a valid driver's license from their country of origin as proof of prior driving experience. The driver's license information must be translated into English or be accompanied by an International Driving Permit. Applicants who cannot show proof of prior driving experience must first obtain a beginner's permit and hold it for 180 days before applying for a driver's license.
Applications for beginner permits, driver's licenses and identification cards for International customer will be accepted at:
The South Carolina Department for Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Address: 3790 Leeds Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone Number: 843.740.6168
Office Hours: Monday through Friday (except on state holidays) from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
To apply for a South Carolina credential, all International customers that are not US citizens must provide the following:
- Proof of Identity
- Proof of birthplace
- Proof of SC residency
- Social Security Card or Letter from the Social Security Administration stating that the applicant is not allowed to work in the United States
- Automobile insurance information (if applying for a license)
Please review the DMV checklist for International Customer requirements.
Having all the required documents with you the first time will prevent having to take several trips to the DMV.
For more information, visit the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.