A new online feature allows those with South Carolina driver’s licenses to list emergency contact information as part of their driving record. You can enter the names, phone numbers and addresses of two people.
State Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Beth Parks says if an emergency occurs, law enforcement will be able to quickly access the information and provide it to medical personnel. She explains:
Say you’re in a car accident. The only thing they have to go on is the driver’s license. Well, if no one is at the address, they’re unable to find anybody. If there is some information in the driver’s record that would allow (police) to have a phone number of someone to call, that will put that next of kin a whole lot closer a whole lot faster.
Parks says emergency contacts can also be listed for those with beginner’s permits and DMV-issued identification cards. They can be changed or updated at any time by logging into the system.
The feature is now available online at the DMV’s website.
SC Radio Network’s Columbia affiliate WVOC contributed to this report.