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State rolls out Real ID cards

Staff Report //March 2, 2018//

State rolls out Real ID cards

Staff Report //March 2, 2018//

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The latest South Carolina driver’s licenses and identification cards, including those compliant with the federal Real ID Act of 2005, are now available for purchase at all S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles branches statewide.

The state received an extension for Real ID implementation through Oct. 10 but expects to be compliant in the immediate future. Once the state is certified, residents can continue to use current, unexpired licenses or IDs to board domestic and commercial flights, enter secure federal facilities or visit military installations through Sept. 30, 2020.

After that date, residents must carry the new ID or another federally approved identification, such as a valid U.S. passport or military ID.

“After months of testing, we’re pleased with the product South Carolinians will now hold to prove their identity,” Col. Kevin Shwedo, department of motor vehicles executive director, said in a statement. “This is the state’s most secure card to date.”

The Real IDs cost $25, as do standard, noncompliant cards that read, “Not for Federal Identification.”

“We are grateful for Col. Shwedo’s team at DMV that has done a tremendous job of quickly and diligently getting our new licenses and identification cards ready for distribution,” said Gov. Henry McMaster.

To be eligible to purchase a Real ID, a person must have the following on file at the S.C. DMV:

  • Proof of identity (government-issued birth certificate or valid U.S. passport)
  • Proof of social security number
  • Two proofs of current, physical S.C. address
  • Proof of all legal name changes

Real ID cards may be ordered online if the DMV has all the required documents on file. A current on-file photograph will be used and the new card mailed to a current address. The old card will immediately become invalid.