SCDMV is now offering REAL ID cards to the public

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is now offering REAL ID driver's licenses and identification cards.

Dozens of people stopped by the SCDMV located on Leeds Avenue in North Charleston on Saturday to obtain a REAL ID.

"Well, actually, we just heard about it in the last week or so," SCDMV visitor Ron Benton said. "So we decided to come down and get it done."

The North Charleston SCDMV location joins five other offices in South Carolina that operated from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday for REAL ID transactions.

To obtain a REAL ID, you must submit all of the following documents:

  • Proof of Identity (Government-issued birth certificate or valid US Passport)
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Two Proofs of Current, Physical SC Address
  • Proof of all Legal Name Changes (marriage license, if applicable)

Some people tried to get a REAL ID, but were unable to do so because they did not have all of the documents they needed.

"They asked me if I wanted a REAL ID because I'm going to need it for the airports, government buildings and such things like that," SCDMV visitor Anne Nicholson said. "I did not have the proper documents."

But Benton says if you do have the right information on hand, the process is relatively simple.

"Oh, it was really easy," Benton said. "It took us probably 15 to 20 minutes to get one done."

SCDMV officials are encouraging people to take advantage of online services to obtain REAL IDs.

"Offering online ordering for eligible customers keeps them out of SCDMV offices and allows them to maintain their day-to-day schedule without being interrupted," SCDMV Director of Driver Services Annie Phelps said. "If your documents are on file, there are very few reasons that you should wait in line for a REAL ID license."

REAL ID cards cost $25. You can find more information about REAL ID cards on the SCDMV website.

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