Beginning May 26 the SCDMV will resume offering skills tests for non-commercial vehicle drivers who want to obtain standard (Class D) driver’s licenses.
Skills tests will be offered by appointment only, Monday through Friday, at 23 SCDMV Branch Office locations across the state as well as one day per week at an additional 10 SCDMV locations.
The SCDMV suspended Class D skills tests in mid-March in response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. Upon resuming skills testing, agency examiners will temporarily evaluate applicants using a modified version of the skills test that evaluates critical driver competencies while adhering to social distancing recommendations. The modified skills test leverages national driver’s license standards from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and will be used until the SCDMV deems it appropriate to return to standard skills testing. Applicants who successfully complete the modified skills test and meet all other licensing requirements are eligible for South Carolina Class D licenses.
“Our SCDMV license examiners are excited to resume skills tests to help customers get their driver’s licenses to safely operate on South Carolina roadways,” said SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. “It is time to resume these tests and get South Carolinians back to work. I’m confident this modified test maintains the fidelity of our examination of driver proficiency while ensuring the health and safety of our employees and our customers.”
In addition to Class D skills testing, the SCDMV continues to offer motorcycle and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) skills testing by appointment at select SCDMV locations. However, skills tests for recreational vehicle (RV) licenses or licenses for RVs with cars towed behind them (Class E and F licenses) remain suspended.
Customers can schedule skills test appointments at SCDMVonline.com. Customers who do not have an appointment to take a skills test will be turned away.
In the Midlands local Class D Skills Test will be offered Monday through Friday at the Blythewood and Irmo offices.