Real ID Deadline




Yes, even Elvis would be required to get the Real ID. Even though wait times at the DMV have improved, the last thing a person wants to do is spend time at the DMV. South Carolinians must have a REAL ID in less than one year. If you do not have a real ID you will not be allowed to: board a domestic, or commercial flight. You will not be able to enter a secure federal building, or visit a military installation unless they have another form of federally approved identification.

The Real ID Deadline is drawing near. Beginning May 3, 2023, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require federally approved identification. A REAL ID driver’s license or identification card, is needed to board a flight within the United States or access certain federal facilities.  Other federally approved forms of identification include a valid passport or military identification card. You must still have a valid US Passport or Passport Card to travel internationally.

The implementation has been talked about for several years. Go now to the DMV and make the switch to a REAL ID credential. The longer people wait, the more demand it will put on the SC DMC=V branch offices. That means longer wait times. Customers can spend significantly less time at the DMV to get a REAL ID if they first see if they’re eligible to do it online. If you are eligible, it saves you a trip to a DMV office. If you’re not eligible for upgrading online, we highly recommend coming in this summer to get a REAL ID.”

The SCDMV has issued more than two million REAL ID driver’s licenses and identification cards. The agency issues an average of more than 43,000 REAL ID compliant cards per month.

Don’t let the Real ID deadline slip by. Changing your current license or identification card to a REAL ID works the same as renewing your card. Visit an SCDMV branch office with your social security number and all of the following required documents:

  • Proof of identity and citizenship (government-issued birth certificate or valid US Passport);
  • Two proofs of current, physical SC address, and;
  • Proof of all legal name changes (if applicable).

Customers must complete a vision screening or vision examination to obtain or renew a driver’s license or beginner’s permit. Vision screens can be performed in any SCDMV branch at the time of application. In-state licensed eye care professionals can also electronically upload vision examinations to the SCDMV online.

Customers may also be eligible to purchase a REAL ID online if they have the proper supporting documents on file with the SCDMV. Customers can complete a document check online and find out if they are eligible for online purchase by visiting:

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