Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
In South Carolina, when you make an official address change, all of your other DMV records will be updated as well. However, you will be required to pay a set fee to request a replacement drivers license ($10) or ID card ($5 if you are between the ages of 5 to 16) with your new name. These fees may be subject to change without notice.

There is no cost to changing the address on your vehicle registration.

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How do I change my address on my car insurance?
Each car insurance company may have a different policy in place for address changes. To find out how you can update your records, contact them directly, either by phone or in person. You may be required to present documentation of your new address. In order to be located in their system, they may also ask you for the current address that s on file. Gather any proof of address you have on hand, in the event that you are asked to present it in person.

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How do I change my address on my car registration?
You can make a South Carolina official address change on your vehicle registration in person, online or by mail. If you would like to do this online, visit the SC DMV Public Services website and be ready to enter information such as your South Carolina drivers license number or your Social Security Number.

To make your request by mail, you will need to send an Application for a Name/Address Change to the address below:

DMV Alternative Media Office PO Box 1498 Blythewood, SC 29016-0035

There is no fee to change the name on your car registration.

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How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
In order to complete an address change request on your SC CDL drivers license, you must get in touch with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. You may be asked to make an in-person visit to a nearby branch and present necessary documentation for this change to be considered effective. If you are unsure of what documents to bring, call the Customer Service line at 803-986-5000. A representative will be ready to assist you. Have your drivers license number or Social Security Number available to avoid any issue locating you in the department s records.

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How do I change my address on my drivers license?
The state of South Carolina allows drivers to perform an address change request on their drivers license online, in person or by mail. You are given 10 days to complete this change after you get your new name.

Online You must visit the SC DMV Public Services website and enter the requested information, such as your drivers license number.

In Person

Visit your local SC DMV branch with a filled out Application for a Name/Address Change and payment for a new license in the amount of $10 (may vary).

By Mail By paying the correct fee and sending in the aforementioned application, you can change the address on your drivers by mail. Write to the address below:

DMV Alternative Media Office PO Box 1498 Blythewood, SC 29016-0035

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How do I change my address on my ID card?
In order to change address on ID cards, residents can update names in person, by mail or online.

To change your name online, visit the SC DMV Public Services website and follow the step-by-step instructions on the screen. If you would like to change your name by mail, send a completed Application for a Name/Address Change, with a $5 fee payment to this address:

DMV Alternative Media Office PO Box 1498 Blythewood, SC 29016-0035

Fees are subject to change.

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How do I change my name on my car insurance?
To request a name change on your car insurance, contact the company directly. Your car insurance representative will look over your policy plan and update this information. You may be required to visit a physical office to make this change effective, or you may be given the option to simply do it over the phone. Make sure to have your proof of name change readily available, in the event that you are asked to fax it over or submit it in person.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
If you need to change names on car registration, you will be able to do so by completing the same steps you would for your drivers license. This includes the following:

When presenting your proof of name change, make sure that you have an original or certified copy with you, as no photocopy will be accepted.

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
To begin changing names on drivers licenses at the South Carolina DMV, you first need to update this information with the Social Security Administration website. It is only when your name has been legally changed with the SSA that you can then visit your local DMV office to update your records. In person, you will be asked to present the following items:

  • Application for Name/Address Change
  • Proof of name change
  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Court-ordered official document with name change

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles only allows a name change to be effective when the process is conducted at a physical location.

How do I change my name on my ID card?
In order to get an ID card name change, complete the same steps you would for your drivers license. First, your name must be legally changed with the Social Security Administration. Thereafter, you must visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles branch with the necessary paperwork, proper payment (if applicable) and be ready to fill out an Application for Name/Address Change.

The state of South Carolina makes it a requirement to notify the DMV of your name change within 10 days.

How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
The Social Security Administration allows individuals to petition for name changes in person or by mail. To visit one of their offices, simply visit the SSA website and search for a branch near you with your ZIP code. You will need to bring proof of your identity. There is no charge for this type of service.

You can also call the Social Security Administration website by dialing their toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213.

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
South Carolina has no fee in place to make an official name change on your vehicle registration. In order to complete a name change on your car registration, you will need to visit your local DMV office with the following items:

How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
In South Carolina, you can complete a car title name change by paying a $15 fee. You will be required to present the following documentation at your local DMV office to complete the process:

How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The fees associated with SC name changing are as follows:

  • Drivers license: $10
  • Learner s permit: $2.50
  • ID card: $5 for individuals between the ages of five and 16

There is no fee to change your name on your vehicle registration. When making your name change, you will be required to complete an Application for Name/Address Change. Find a DMV branch near you by visiting this link.

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
The state of South Carolina allows drivers to change their address with the DMV by simply filling out an Application for Name/Address Change and paying the appropriate fee (if applicable). You can choose to make your address change request in one of three ways:

  • In person
  • By Mail
  • Online

For the steps to change address online, visit the SC DMV Public Services website and follow the instructions on the screen.

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What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
It is not necessary to present proof of legal status to complete SC address changing with the DMV. To make an address change effective with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, you will be required to fill out an Application for Name/Address Change if your request is made in person or by mail. The application will ask you to specify if you are making a mailing address change or a residence address change. You also have the option to input a temporary address.

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What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
If you fail to change addresses when moving with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, you may face fines and other penalties. By law, you are required to change your address with the DMV within 10 days. If you would like to make this change via mail, make sure to send a completed Application for a Name/Address Change to this address:

DMV Alternative Media Office PO Box 1498 Blythewood, SC 29016-0035

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in South Carolina

When must I change my address with the DMV?
The state of South Carolina gives drivers a period of 10 days to complete address changing with the DMV. Failure to do so in the allotted time may result in penalties and fines. Once you update the information on your drivers license, all your other driving records with the department will also reflect this change.

You can change your address with the DMV online, in person or by mail. In many instances, you will be required to fill out an Application for a Name/Address Change. You will not be charged a fee to update your address on your car registration.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in South Carolina