The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) plans to give certain drivers with suspended licenses an opportunity next week to reduce or clear those suspensions.
Driver Suspension Eligibility Week will be held March 10-14 in all DMV offices across the state, according to a release from the agency.
“If you believe you qualify, we encourage you to start getting ready now,” SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo said in a statement. “Find out exactly what you have to do and get it done. The sooner you start the process, the better your chances of meeting every requirement.” said
During the week, South Carolina drivers who have lost their driving privileges for certain suspensions may be able to reduce or clear the remaining time of their suspension, according to SCDMV spokeswoman Beth Parks.
The program will apply to drivers whose licenses were suspended for driving an uninsured vehicle, operating an unlicensed vehicle, or driving under suspension without drugs or alcohol-related convictions. The agency said underage drivers suspended for excessive points could also get another chance.
To qualify for the program, drivers must meet all of the conditions of their suspensions. All fees must be paid and SR-22 must be filed, if required. 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 that suspension.
Drivers who have a clear record may apply for a driver’s license. Depending on the type of suspension, they may be required to take the vision, knowledge and road skills tests before getting a new driver’s license. During Driver Suspension Eligibility Week, many DMV offices may experience a longer wait time due to the increased number of customers.
For more information, visit the SCDMV Web site at www.scdmvonline.com.