If you do not abide by the rules of the road in South Carolina, you can easily get your driving license privileges suspended. Your length of drivers license suspension will depend on the offense, conviction or violation you have committed. It can range anywhere from three months to over a couple of years. Furthermore, drivers can incur suspended drivers licenses for a variety of reasons and their reinstatement processes can vary greatly.
Common Reasons for Drivers License Suspension
As mentioned before, there are a number of reasons why a driver could end up with a drivers license suspension in South Carolina. Some of the most common instances include:
- Driving under the influence.
- Accumulating too many points on your record.
- Not paying a traffic citation.
- Not paying child support.
- Breaking auto insurance laws.
- Driving with a suspended drivers license.
Depending on your reason for incurring an SC drivers license suspension, your penalties will vary. Review the punishments that go along with suspended drivers licenses in South Carolina below.
Alcohol and Drug Safety Program
If you have been convicted of driving under the influence, you will need to complete the Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program, as it is one of the necessary steps for suspended driver license reinstatement. To contact them directly, you can call 803-896-5555, or fax 803-896-5557.
If you would prefer to make an in-person visit, their office is located at:
2414 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
If you prefer to correspond by mail, send a letter to:
P.O. Box 8268
Columbia, SC 29202
Ignition Interlock Devices
For those motor vehicle drivers who have been convicted twice of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs two or more times, you will be required to install ignition interlock devices in their cars. These devices make sure that you are driving clean and sober when you get behind the wheel. Just like a Breathalyzer, they detect whether or not you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If such a detection is made, the device will prevent you from starting the car.
If you are required to install an ignition interlock device in your car and you refuse to do so, you will immediately incur a three-year drivers license suspension.
How to Reinstate a Suspended Drivers License Online
In order to reinstate suspended drivers license credentials, you will have to follow these steps:
- Acquire SR22 insurance, which must be maintained for three years (if applicable).
- Pay court fines (if applicable).
- Complete an Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (if applicable).
- Get an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle (if applicable).
- Pay the $100 South Carolina suspended drivers license reinstatement fee.
This fee can be paid online when you provide your driver license number, Social Security Number and birth date. Then, you must mail in notice of your payment to:
The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016
For more information on suspended drivers license reinstatement, contact the SC DMV by any of the following means:
By phone: 803-896-5000
By email: help@SCDMV.online
By mail: The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Driver Records, Post Office Box 1498, Blythewood, SC 29016-0028
Check Your Driving Record
Prior to completing the steps you need to take in order to get your drivers license reinstated, you should take a look at your driving record. The record will include information such as the number of driving points you have, any required reinstatement guidelines you need to fulfill, and the current status of your drivers license suspension.
To get started, visit the South Carolina Driver Record Points and Status webpage. Once here, you will be asked to identify yourself by entering the following information: your Social Security Number, your date of birth and your SC drivers license number.
Provisional Driver License
There are a slew of factors that can result in a drivers license suspension; however, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles allows certain individuals to obtain a provisional drivers license in order to get to/from work and/or school.
For example, if you have never been convicted of any previous offense, and you were found to be driving under the influence for the first time, you may be able to apply for a provisional driver license in South Carolina if the following qualifications apply to you:
- You have a valid South Carolina drivers license, or have had one in the past.
- There are no other drivers license suspensions on your record.
- You must have taken part in an alcohol and drug safety program.
- You must have provided a certificate of SR22 insurance with the DMV.
- You must be willing to pay the $100 provisional driving license fee (unless otherwise noted).
After you complete your SC suspended drivers license period, you will be required to obtain an SR22 insurance certificate. If you have a provisional drivers license, you will be required to hold SR22 for a period of six months during that time. As mentioned earlier, you must also verify that an SR22 insurance certificate is on file with the SC Department of Motor Vehicles in order for them to issue you a reinstated driver license.