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How to Apply for a South Carolina Identification Card

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues non-driver identification cards to State residents who don't have a valid ID card, driver license or instruction permits from the State or any other jurisdiction. The ID card can be used to prove your identity, age, and residence in a variety of situations. The identification card expires five years after it was issued.

APPLYING FOR A SOUTH CAROLINA ID CARD

  1. Locate the Office of Motor Vehicles nearest to you, as you will have to apply for the first ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Complete the Identification Card form.
  3. Bring proper identification which is available on the checklist issued by DMV.
  4. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). If you do not have a SSN, you can substitute as mentioned in the checklist for first time applicants for ID cards and license. A letter from the Social Security Administration, a payroll stub or an original W-2 form are all acceptable forms of identification in lieu of the SSN.
  5. Provide proof of South Carolina residence.
  6. Pay the ID card application fee, currently $5.00, by cash, check, debit or credit card.
  7. You must also surrender any valid driver license or instruction permit issued by the state of South Carolina or any other jurisdiction.

RENEWING A SOUTH CAROLINA ID CARD

  1. You can renew your ID card at the Office of Motor Vehicles nearest you. You can also renew it online using the Public Services section of the DMV website.

2. Ensure that your ID card is eligible for renewal. You will have to enter your ID card number and SSN. If you do not have a SSN, you can substitute as mentioned in the checklist for first time applicants for ID cards and license. A letter from the Social Security Administration, a payroll stub or an original W-2 form are all acceptable forms of identification in lieu of the SSN.

3. Pay the ID card renewal fee of $5.00 by credit or debit card.

4. Ensure you have your current address on the ID card, if necessary you can change your address prior to renewal.

REPLACING A LOST, STOLEN, OR DESTROYED ID CARD

You may be issued a replacement identification card if your original ID card has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or if you have had a name or address change.

  1. Locate the Office of Motor Vehicles nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Bring proper identification.
  3. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN).
  4. Provide proof of South Carolina residence, in the event that your address has changed.
  5. Pay the ID card replacement fee, currently $5.00, by cash, check, debit or credit card.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Former State residents moving back to South Carolina may be eligible to apply for a renewal or replacement ID card, depending on the validity of their original identification card.
  • See also Applying for a New License.
  • See also Change of Address.
 

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