Applying for a South Carolina Driver’s License

If you would like to apply for a South Carolina driver’s license or identification card, you must do so in person at the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office located at 3790 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston SC 29405. This is currently the only DMV location in the Charleston area that accepts international customers.

If you do not want to apply for a driver’s license but you do want to apply for a South Carolina identification card, you still must go to the DMV to apply. If you get a driver’s license, you do not need to also get an identification card — the driver’s license functions as the identification card. Be prepared to pay any fees that may apply to obtaining a driver’s license or identification card.

Prior to going to the DMV office, you should familiarize yourself with the South Carolina driver’s manual. This can be found on the forms and manuals page of the SC DMV website (scroll to the Manuals section, click on Driver’s Manual). You may be tested on this material.

You should also visit the SC DMV website for International Customers. From this page, you can download the International Customers Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-94). This checklist provides the documents and forms that you will be required to present with your application.

You will need to bring a verification letter from MUSC when you apply for your driver’s license. If you are fully paid by MUSC, you can request a verification letter through the i2Verify service (login required). You will be required to set up an account with the i2Verify service. There are several types of employment reports that you can obtain from this website. For the purpose of applying for a driver’s license, you need to choose the Employment Verification Letter. If the report you generate is not a letter on MUSC letterhead, you must go back to the i2Verify website and follow the steps to generate a letter on letterhead. The DMV will not accept a report that is not on MUSC letterhead. Contact the i2Verify service directly if you have any issues creating your account or generating an employment report.

If you are not fully paid by MUSC (including those who receive a partial stipend from MUSC in addition to outside funding), you can request a DMV letter through your Terra Dotta portal (login required) (click DMV Letter Request on Requests tab). You should submit the DMV letter request at least 5 business days in advance.