Real ID goes into effect in 2020 in South Carolina

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, South Carolinians must have a REAL ID license or ID or another federally accepted identification to board a domestic, commercial flight, enter a secure federal building, or visit a military installation.

Beginning Monday (Jan. 6) the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will embark on a statewide tour aimed at getting more South Carolinians their REAL ID driver’s license or identification card in the new year.

“The agency is equipped with three mobile offices,” said SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. “Two of these offices can be setup anywhere, and the other is on wheels. We’re going to visit every county over the next five months to make sure more South Carolinians have a convenient option to purchase a REAL ID.”

Week Six: March 23-27 – The mobile offices will visit Lexington, Lancaster, Kershaw, Richland, Fairfield

SHARKs to issue REAL IDs throughout state – Beginning Monday (Jan. 6) SCDMV Self-contained Hazardous Area Response Kits (SHARKs) will be strategically placed for one day in each county over the next five months to serve as another convenient way to purchase a REAL ID. Mobile offices will be operational from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is another avenue for South Carolinians to take advantage of if visiting a brick-and-mortar branch is not convenient.

The REAL IDs customers purchase will be mailed to them after completing the transaction at a mobile office. No customer will walk away with a REAL ID license or ID. Customers should receive their REAL ID via mail within ten business days of completing the transaction. If a customer is interested in completing other transactions, he or she should visit an SCDMV branch office.

Customers must bring all required documents
To purchase a REAL ID, customers must bring with them all of the following:

Proof of Identity (Government-issued birth certificate or valid US Passport)
Proof of Social Security Number (Social security card, 1099, non-1099, W-2)
Two Proofs of Current, Physical SC Address
Proof of All Legal Name Changes

Applicable payment ($25; cash, check, or card accepted)
For a complete list of accepted documents, view the United States Citizens’ Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93).

SCDMV to visit each county through May
During the first week of the tour (Monday, January 6 – Friday, January 10), SCDMV mobile offices will be setup in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee. The mobile office will serve customers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Monday, January 6, 2020
Myrtle Beach Train Depot
851 Broadway Street
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Marion County Administrative Office
2523 East Highway 76

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Dillon Wellness Center
1647 Commerce Drive

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Florence, exact location TBD

Friday, January 10, 2020
Darlington County Library
204 North Main Street

Week Two: January 27-31
Williamsburg, Georgetown, Dorchester, Berkeley, Charleston

Week Three: February 10-24
Marlboro, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Lee, Sumter

Week Four: February 24-28
Barnwell, Bamberg, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Aiken

Week Five: March 9-13
Colleton, Hampton, Allendale, Jasper, Beaufort

Week Six: March 23-27
Lancaster, Kershaw, Richland, Lexington, Fairfield

Week Seven: April 6-10
Cherokee, None Tuesday, Union, Chester, Spartanburg

Week Eight: April 20-24
Greenwood, Saluda, McCormick, Edgefield, York

Week Nine: May 4-8
Greenville, Pickens, Abbeville, Seneca, Anderson

Week Ten: May 19-20
Laurens, Newberry

More agencies to be on site with the SCDMV
In addition to the SCDMV, the South Carolina Election Commission and US Census Bureau will join the mobile deployments to register voters ahead of the 2020 election and inform residents about the requirement to complete the census by April 1, 2020.

“Almost every South Carolinian interacts with the SCDMV in his or her lifetime,” said Deputy Director of Branch Services Courtney Saxon. “Inviting other agencies to partner with us not only shows the cohesiveness of state and federal government, but also allows these agencies an opportunity to get in front of residents they may not normally interact with.”


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