✅ Updated January 2022

Ultimate guide to transferring your out-of-state driver's license to South Carolina

Here's the ultimate guide to transferring your out-of-state license to South Carolina. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time. This page is geared toward people who've moved to Pennsylvania but have a driver license from another US state. If you have an international license, visit our South Carolina driver's license page.


What You’ll Need to Transfer your Out-of-State Driver License to South Carolina

  • Proof of SC address(see below) required when applying for a license, beginner’s permit, or ID for the first time; upgrading your credential such as an ID to a beginner’s permit or a beginner’s permit to a license; or when renewing a license, beginner’s permit, or ID that is expired over nine months.6 CFR Section 37.11(f);SC Code Sections 56-1-40(7),-80(3).
  • Proof of social security number or a letter from Social Security Administration stating you are not allowed to work in the US. 6 CFR Section 37.11(e);SC Code Section 56-1-90
  • Proof of identity, date and place of birth, and authorized length of stay in the US(see specific requirements below).6 CFR Section 37.11(c), (d), (g);SC Code Sections 56-1-40(7), -80, -90.
  • Legal documents supporting name change(s), if applicable (see specific requirements below).6 CFR Section 37.11(c)
  • Automobile liability insurance information (not required for a beginner’s permit or ID) from an insurance company licensed to do business in SC.SC Code Section 56-1-80(C).


What You’ll Do to Transfer your Out-of-State Driver License to South Carolina

  • Step 1: Surrender any driver’s license, beginner’s permit, or identification card issued by another state in the US. If a non-commercial license or ID was lost or stolen, you must provide a certified copy of your driving record from the state that issued the license, beginner’s permit or identification card. However, a CDL holder must get a replacement license from his state of record and surrender it to SC. If you have a driver’s license or beginner’s permit issued by another country, it may need to be shown (not surrendered) as proof of prior driving experience. 
  • Step 2: Provide original (not photocopied)documents for each of the categories listed on this document unless otherwise stated.This list is subject to change at the SCDMV’s discretion.
  • Step 3: Pass a vision test if applying for a first-time card.
  • Step 4: Pass a knowledge and skills test unless you have a valid driving credential issued by a country that has established reciprocity with South Carolina. This is a requirement when a driver’s license is issued for the first-time and when renewing a license that has expired over nine months.


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