SC DMV License Suspension Amnesty Week

If you’ve had your DV driver’s license suspended, you may be able to get it back during next month’s “Amnesty Week.”

South Carolina will eliminate or reduce suspension times for drivers who have had their licenses suspended as a result of certain offenses.

The 2018 Driver Suspension Eligibility Week, as it’s officially known, will be April 16-20.

Who Can Get Their License Back?

According to the SC Department of Motor Vehicles, suspensions for the following offenses are eligible:

  • Excessive points for someone under the age of 18;
  • Operating an unlicensed taxi;
  • Operating an uninsured vehicle that they did not own;
  • Operating or allowing someone else to operate an uninsured vehicle; and
  • Driving under suspension, excluding alcohol or drug-related convictions.

Who Is Not Eligible?

Drivers who lost their license because of more serious offenses, such as DUI or reckless driving, are not eligible to get their license back during amnesty week.

Drivers who are eligible, but have more than one suspension may not get their license back immediately, but the DMV will recalculate the period of suspension.

Will I Have to Take The Road Test?

Maybe. If your license has been expired for more than nine months, or if the terms of your suspension require it, you will need to take the DMV’s road and written tests, as well as a vision test.

I Think I Qualify, So What Do I Do?

You will need to fill out the Driver Suspension Eligibility Application (SCDMV Form DL-601), and you will have to visit a DMV branch during Amnesty Week (you can find Horry County DMV locations here). DMV officials warn that they expect a lot of people to apply, so lines may be long. Plan accordingly.

You will need to have met all the conditions of your suspension, and you must pay all fees that you owe. Depending on why your license was suspended, you may have to get your insurance company to file a Certificate of Insurance (SR-22).

Can I Get a REAL ID While I’m At It?

SC recently started issuing new driver’s licenses that are compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. Starting in 2020, you will need to have a REAL ID to enter an airport, federal building, or military installation. You can still get a non-compliant license (which will say “Not for Federal Identification”), but, if you do, you will need a US passport or military identification to enter federal facilities or airports – even for domestic flights.

SC License Suspension Attorney in Myrtle Beach, Columbia, and Lexington

The Thompson Defense Firm has offices in Columbia and Myrtle Beach, SC., and we only accept criminal defense cases, including traffic violations and license suspension issues.

Call at 843-444-6122 or fill out our online contact form if you have questions or to set up a free initial consultation.

One Response to “SC DMV License Suspension Amnesty Week

  • Thanks, Lacey.
    I called them about this last month. They said they didn’t know when it was going to be and for me to keep checking the website, which I constantly forget to do.
    Thanks again.

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