Get REAL!

Mark your calendar – one year from tomorrow. Starting October 1, 2021 your South Carolina Driver’s license may not be honored any longer in certain circumstances. Your South Carolina driver’s license will not work if you want to board a domestic airline flight, enter a Federal Building (court house) or visit a military base or installation. For those who travel internationally, you will still be required to have a valid United States Passport in order to travel. According to the SCDMV website, the REAL ID will replace that driver’s license and will have a gold star in the upper right hand corner. If you do not have a driver’s license you can still get a REAL ID that will not have driving privileges.

Much like your driver’s license there are certain documents and requirements to obtain this new DMV ID. Per the DMV website, here are examples of acceptable documents as well as what is needed if you have had a legal name change:  

South Carolina DMV REAL ID
  • Proof of Identity
    • Examples:  Government-issued birth certificate or unexpired US Passport
  • Proof of Social Security Number
    • Examples:  Social security card or W-2 Form that has your social security number and name and your employer’s name
  • Two Proofs of Current, Physical SC Address
    • Examples:  Current, unexpired South Carolina driver’s license or identification card and a no more than 90-day-old utility bill with the same name and address
      View a complete list of all accepted address documents on the United States Citizens’ Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93).
  • Proof of all Legal Name Changes
    • Examples:  Marriage license, divorce decree, or court order issued by your county’s probate or family court
      You must show a complete name change history that links your birth certificate name to your present day name. If you have a valid US Passport or US Passport Card with your current, legal name, you may use that as your name change document.

The last thing you want to do is have to wait in a long DMV line. Before you do that, check online to see if you qualify for an online purchase of your REAL ID. If you don’t qualify, then please do not forget you cannot just show up at the DMV in the age of COVID-19, you must make a South Carolina DMV Appointment up to three weeks ahead of time.

Ryan Montgomery is a South Carolina injury lawyer focusing on car accidents, drunk driving accidents, personal injury, workers’ compensation and on the job injuries. For more information, please contact (864) 373-7333.

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