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Established in 1917 by the South Carolina State Highway Commission, the agency was first named the Division of Automobile Licensing and Registration. The Department of Motor Vehicles became a separate agency from the Department of Public Safety in 2003. The Department of Motor Vehicles administers the state's motor vehicle licensing and titling laws.

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  • Motorcycle third party tester's safety officer manual 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2013-05-29)
    This manual gives requirements for teaching motorcycle driving including requirements for safety officers and companies, duties of designated responsible persons, administrative requirements and motorcycle driver applicant ...
  • Class D third party tester's safety officer manual 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2012-10)
    This manual gives requirements for teaching three wheel motor vehicles driving including requirements for safety officers and companies, duties of designated responsible persons, administrative requirements and class D ...
  • Dealer and wholesaler manual 2007 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2007)
    This manual provides new and existing dealers with up-to-date information and lists requirements mandated by state and federal law, and DMV's policy. It is also designed to instruct dealers on how to complete certain types ...
  • South Carolina driver's manual : cars, trucks, cycles 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2009)
    This book is your guide to good driving. It explains the rules of the road and what the law expects of you as a driver. The purpose is to help you learn traffic-control devices, signs and pavement markings, which you must ...
  • South Carolina driver's manual 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2011)
    This book is your guide to good driving. It explains the rules of the road and what the law expects of you as a driver. The purpose is to help you learn traffic-control devices, signs and pavement markings, which you ...
  • South Carolina Electronic Vehicle Registration (EVR) Program standards 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2005-02)
    This explains the South Carolina Electronic Vehicle Registration Program which allows authorized business partners to apply for registration and titles electronically.
  • South Carolina driver's licenses and identification cards 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2010)
    This brochure shows pictures of various South Carolina driver's licenses and ID cards.
  • 2013 regulatory report 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2013)
    This is an agency review of statutes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures that are a burden on South Carolina's economy as directed by Executive order 2013-02. It includes recommendations to repeal or amend ...
  • South Carolina commercial driver license manual 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2010)
    This handbook gives the requirements for obtaining a commercial driver's license in South Carolina.
  • Digital license plate design guide 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2008-05)
    This is a guide designed to provide 3M digital graphic license plate customers with information relating to digital graphic license plate artwork, design and production.
  • Federal school bus (S) endorsement supplement 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2004)
    This material from the 2004 model commercial driver's license manual deals with school bus operation and safety.
  • Ignition interlock device program frequently asked questions 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2009-06)
    This paper answers the questions: what is an ignition interlock device, how does it work, who has to have this device installed and other frequently asked questions.
  • International registration plan instruction manual 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Motor Carrier Services (South Carolina State Library, 2011-06)
    This manual has been prepared as a guide for obtaining apportioned registration in South Carolina and to assist South Carolina based carriers who register their vehicles with other jurisdictions who are a member of the ...
  • International fuel tax agreement instruction manual 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Motor Carrier Services (South Carolina State Library, 2010)
    This manual is provided as a guide for obtaining a fuel tax license and decals in accordance with the International Fyel Tax Agreement and the filing of quarterly fuel tax reports.
  • Dealing with identity theft 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2007-07)
    This brochure discusses identity theft, how thieves obtain your identity information, what to do if you think you are a victim, how the SCDMV can help you, problems you should look for and how to protect yourself.
  • Commercial driver license (CDL) third party tester's safety officer manual 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2013)
    This manual gives requirements for teaching commercial vehicle driving including requirements for safety officers and companies, duties of designated responsible persons, administrative requirements and CDL applicant requirements.
  • Barcode interpretation information 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2010-10)
    The South Carolina DMV driver license and identification cards contain a PDF417 two-dimensional (2-D) barcode on the reverse of all cards and is useful for performing functions such as electronic age verification. This ...
  • Disabled placard and plate fact sheet 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2011)
    This fact sheet discusses the new requirements for getting and using a disabled placard or license plate beginning January 1, 2013.
  • South Carolina Fire Academy (SCFA) Classified E & F License Third Party Tester’s Safety Officer Manual 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2017-09-06)
    This manual gives requirements for teaching fire truck driving including examiner responsibilities, vehicle inspection, basic control skills and road test.
  • Licenses & IDs are changing 

    South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    This explains the REAL ID and the requirements for applying to get one.

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