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Grace period ending for S.C. drivers with expired licenses, tags

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Published: Jun. 15, 2020 at 3:30 PM EDT
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Monday, June 15, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Due to the coronavirus pandemic, South Carolina drivers had been given some extra time to renew their licenses and vehicle registrations. But that will end June 30.

Georgia had issued a similar extension for vehicle registrations, but it expired Monday.

In March, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles extended the expiration date of identification cards, driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and parking placards that were set to expire between March and June.

But drivers who don’t renew by June 30 could face suspensions or late fees.

“We understand these have been unprecedented times and we wanted to give customers one less deadline to worry about during the crisis,” department Executive Director Kevin Shwedo said in a statement. “If you took advantage of the extension to an expiration date on a driver’s license, identification card, vehicle registration or parking placard, now is the time to make an appointment at an SCDMV branch or visit

and renew these documents to avoid penalties.”

As of July 1, 2020, all South Carolina identification cards and driver's licenses, commercial or non-commercial, must be properly renewed to be considered valid.

As of July 1, 2020, vehicles with white March, April, May, or June registration decals will be considered expired and unable to legally drive on South Carolina roads. In addition, late fees will begin applying to renewals of these vehicle registrations on July 1, 2020.

As of July 1, all South Carolina identification cards and driver’s licenses, commercial or non-commercial, must be properly renewed to be considered valid and vehicles with white March, April, May or June registration decals will be considered expired. In addition, late fees will begin applying to renewals of these vehicle registrations on July 1.

Vehicles that have traceable temporary license plates with expiration dates in March, April, May, or June of 2020 must be properly titled and registered no more than 45 days after July 1. Traceable temporary license plates with expiration dates outside of those above will be considered out of compliance.

Customers who are unable to get an appointment at an branch office of the agency before June 30 will not be excused from owing late fees or facing penalties.

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