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How Much Does it Cost to Renew a South Carolina Driver’s license?

The cost of renewing a South Carolina driver’s license varies depending on the type of license it is. If your driver’s licensing is expiring soon make sure you are aware of the costs associated with renewal. We’ll break down all of the fees in this article to give you a better idea of how much you’ll need to pay when it’s time to renew your driver’s license. First, you’ll need to take a vision test before you renew your driver’s license. You can take the required eye test in person at no cost at your local SCDMV office by making an appointment to visit your local branch.

Another way to meet SCDMV’s vision screening requirement is by taking the vision test at a licensed South Carolina eye care provider (such as Cleared to Drive). If you take the eye exam at a provider other than the SCDMV, there will be an additional cost determined by the provider. Cleared to Drive’s online eye test costs $49 and can be completed from any mobile device, laptop, or desktop in just a few minutes.

Renewing a Standard South Carolina License

Pay driver's license renewal fees online

When you renew a standard, 8-year South Carolina driver’s license (classes D, E, F, G, or M) you’ll pay a $25 fee. If you renew by mail, you’ll need to send a check or money order. At the SCDMV website, you can pay the renewal fee with a credit or debit card. At a DMV branch, you can pay your license fees with cash, card, or check. Once you’ve finished your transaction, you’ll receive your renewed South Carolina license in the mail within 15 business days. There is no difference in cost for a REAL ID license.

Renewing a South Carolina Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

When you renew a commercial driver’s license (classes A, B, C) you’ll be responsible for paying the same $25 license fee and an additional $15 application fee. If you have to take the general knowledge test, there’s an additional $2 fee each time you need to take the test. Keep in mind that if you’ve had more than five points on your commercial driver’s license in the last two years, you’ll be required to take the general knowledge test when you renew your commercial driver’s license.

Ready to Renew Your Driver’s License?

Now that you have a better understanding of the various SCDMV renewal fees, you’re ready to renew your driver’s license. Remember to schedule the required vision test first and then head over to the DMV’s website to finish processing your transaction. If you prefer to do it online or by mail, you can find your nearest open location at our SCDMV offices directory.

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