SCDMV holds its Driver Suspension Eligibility Week
The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) will hold the 2023 Driver Suspension Eligibility Week (DSEW) statewide for drivers with licenses suspended for specific reasons. The dates of this year’s event are March 6 – 10, 2023.
Last year, the SCDMV started notifying drivers who were eligible to take advantage of the program by mail. This resulted in a more than 400 percent increase in participation and cleared suspensions in 2022 compared to 2021.
The SCDMV has mailed notices to all customers who may qualify for the program according to its records. Customers who receive a letter are encouraged to bring it into a branch office with them during DSEW, March 6-10, 2023.
If you think you may be eligible, visit SCDMVOnline.com to ensure your correct mailing address is on file with the agency or update your mailing address with the SCDMV as soon as possible.
During DSEW, South Carolina drivers who lost their driving privileges due to certain suspensions may be eligible to reduce or clear the remaining time of their suspension. No fines or fees are waived during this period.
Drivers with the following types of suspensions are eligible for the program:
• Driving under suspension, excluding alcohol or drug-related conviction
• Excessive points for someone under the age of 18
• Operating or allowing someone else to operate an uninsured vehicle
• Operating an uninsured vehicle that the driver did not own
• Operating an unlicensed taxi
To participate in the program, customers must meet all conditions of the suspension(s) and visit an SCDMV branch during DSEW to complete the Driver Suspension Eligibility Application (SCDMV Form DL-601) and pay all fees.
If required, a suspended driver must get a Certificate of Insurance (SR-22) filed by their insurance company.
If a driver has more than one suspension, the SCDMV will recalculate the suspension time.
Only drivers who clear all suspension requirements may apply for a license. Depending on the type of suspension, drivers may be required to pass the knowledge and road tests before receiving a new license.
DSEW applications will be processed by SCDMV branch offices during the following days and times:
• Monday, March 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Tuesday, March 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Thursday, March 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Friday, March 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
DSEW will take place only on Wednesday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Allendale and McCormick branches.
Drivers with suspensions not covered by the program will continue serving those suspensions. For questions related to eligibility, customers can send an email to WebHelpDesk@scdmv.com.