South Carolina

A rapidly growing number of senior drivers on our nation’s highways has prompted many states to develop special tools, programs and resources to assist older adults and their families to better manage safe driving.

Many states also have enacted driver’s licensing laws with special provisions for older adults. Summarized below are programs and licensing laws that exist in the great state of South Carolina.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In South Carolina, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses every 10 years. At every in-person renewal, motorists must pass a vision test or submit test results from a vision specialist. In-person renewal is optional for drivers with a clean driving record, but drivers renewing by mail must submit test results from a vision specialist. The renewal process for older adults includes the following condition:

  • More frequent renewal. People age 65 and older are required to renew their driver’s licenses every five years.

South Carolina does not accept reports about potentially unsafe drivers from concerned citizens. Only reports from law enforcement officers and physicians are accepted. If a state agency finds a complaint reasonable and credible, it may ask the reported driver to submit additional information, which could be used to help determine if a screening or assessment is justified.

Visit the South Carolina DMV website for more information.