Young Drivers

Conditional License for 15 Year Old Drivers

If you are 15 years old and have held a beginner's permit for at least 180 days, you are eligible for a conditional license.

To get a Conditional License:

  • Bring your parent or legal guardian with you to sign your application.
  • Bring your birth certificate, social security card, proof of residency and insurance information.
  • Submit Form PDLA that certifies you have:
  • Completed a driver's education course
  • Had satisfactory school attendance
  • Practiced driving with your licensed parent or guardian for 40 hours, including 10 hours of driving practice at night.
  • You must pass the vision and road skills tests.

Driving Restrictions:

  • You may drive alone during daylight hours from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. (or 8 p.m. during daylight savings time).
    From 6 p.m. (or 8 p.m. during daylight savings time) until midnight, you may drive if a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age accompanies you.
  • Between midnight and 6 a.m., you may drive if your licensed parent or legal guardian accompanies you.
  • You cannot transport more than two passengers under the age of 21 unless you are accompanied by a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old. The only exception is if you are transporting family members or students to and from school.
  • You may obtain full driving privileges when you are 16 if you have had your license for one year and have no traffic offenses or been involved in any at-fault accidents. If you are under the age of 17 and accrue six or more points on your record before you have held your license for one year, your license will be suspended for six months.

Special Restricted License for 16 Year Old Drivers

If you are 16 years old and have held your beginner's permit for at least 180 days or have a conditional license, you are eligible for a special restricted license.

To get a Special Restricted License:

  • To get a special restricted driver's license, you must bring your parent or legal guardian with you to sign your application.
  • You must bring your birth certificate, social security card, proof of residency and insurance information.
  • You must submit Form PDLA that certifies you have:
  • Completed a driver's education course
  • Had satisfactory school attendance
  • Practiced driving with your licensed parent or guardian for 40 hours, including 10 hours of driving practice at night.
  • You must pass the vision and road skills tests.

Driving Restrictions:

  • You may drive alone during daylight hours from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. (or 8 p.m. during daylight savings time).
    From 6 p.m. (or 8 p.m. during daylight savings time) until midnight, you may drive if a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age accompanies.
  • Between midnight and 6 a.m., you may drive if your licensed parent or legal guardian accompanies you.
  • You cannot transport more than two passengers under the age of 21 unless you are accompanied by a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old. The only exception is if you are transporting family members or students to and from school.
  • You will obtain full driving privileges when you are 16 if you have had your special restricted license for one year and have no traffic offenses or been involved in any at-fault accidents. If you are under the age of 17 and accrue six or more points on your record before you have held your license for one year, your license will be suspended for six months.

Waiver of Time Restrictions:

  • If the time limitations for a special restricted driver's license cause problems for you at your job or school, they can be waived. You must prove to the department that they interfere with your job, education or travel between home, school, vocational training or employment opportunities by submitting two separate statements:
  • A statement from your parent or legal guardian
  • A statement on letterhead from your employer or school official.
  • Both statements must give the reason for the waiver. The fee for the waiver is $12.50.

Regular Driver License for Drivers 17 Years Old and Older

If you are at least 17 years old and have held a beginner's permit for 180 days, you are eligible for a regular SC Driver's License.

To get a Regular Driver's License:

  • If you are under 18 years of age and have never been licensed, you must bring your parent or legal guardian with you to sign your application.
  • If you are 18 years old or older, you do not need the signature of your parent or legal guardian.
  • You must bring your birth certificate, social security card, proof of residency and insurance information.
  • You must pass the vision and road skills tests.

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