It’s the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) driver suspension eligibility week for drivers with certain license suspensions.
DMV spokeswoman, Beth Parks, told South Carolina Radio Network that certain suspensions can be cut or eliminated. “South Carolina drivers who lost their driving privileges for suspensions that fit into the program may be able to reduce or even clear the remaining time for their suspension,” said Parks.
Parks said only the suspension can be reduced. “It only affects time, not money. They still have to meet all the requirements, including fees,” Parks said.
“No alcohol related suspensions are included at all,” said Parks. The program assists the following types of suspended drivers:
- Underage drivers suspended for excessive points.
- Drivers suspended for operating an unlicensed taxi or vehicle.
- Drivers suspended for operating an uninsured vehicle that they did not own.
- Drivers suspended for operating or allowing operation of an uninsured vehicle.
- Drivers suspended for driving under suspension, excluding alcohol or drug related convictions.
To qualify for the program, drivers must meet all of the conditions of their suspensions. All fees must be paid and cannot be waived. If required, Form SR-22 Certificate of Insurance must also be filed. If a driver has more than one suspension, DMV will recalculate the suspension time. Drivers with suspensions not covered by the program will still need to serve those suspensions.
Only drivers who clear all suspensions may apply for driver’s licenses. Depending on the type of suspensions, they may be required to take the vision, knowledge and road skills tests before getting new driver’s licenses. During Driver Suspension Eligibility Week everything has top be done in person at a DMV office. Many offices may experience a longer wait time due to the increased number of customers.
DMV offices open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Offices are open on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A certain number of offices are open on Saturday. For more information, visit the SCDMV Web site at www.scdmvonline.com.