South Carolina Driver License Information for Seniors

Renewal Cycle

5-year renewal cycle (in-person)

Tests

Vision test and knowledge test required if > 5 points on record.

Vision Tests

Minimum acuity: 20/40 better eye for unrestricted; 20/70 in better eye if worse eye is 20/200 or better; 20/40 if worse eye is worse than 20/200. Bioptic telescopes not permitted to meet acuity standard, but may be used for driving.

Special Requirements

No special requirements for older drivers.

Accelerated Renewal

none

OtherProvisions

Renewal by mail if no violations in past 2 years, and license is not suspended, revoked, or canceled.

DMV Website

http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/default.aspx

Additional Information

What to do if you think a Senior should not be driving: Caregiverlist's Safe Driving Checklist

AARP Driver Safety Courses: as car features and driving laws change, this is an effective way to polish up on defensive driving techniques. Visit AARP's website to find a senior driver safety course near you.

If you are having difficulty addressing safe driving with your parents or grandparents or senior loved one, know that you are not the first to have this challenge. We share the humor of South Park with you from this television show's episode, called "Grey Dawn".

Geriatric Care Managers: you may want a third-party senior care professional to assist you with addressing the issue of driving with your senior loved one. Geriatric Care Managers (GCM's) are trained in how to manage issues around aging with seniors and their family members to achieve a positive outcome.