SCDMV reducing Saturday operations


The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is cutting back on how often certain offices are open.

The department said Monday it plans to transition to opening six offices on two Saturdays per month beginning in July instead of being open every Saturday.

Previously, six SCDMV offices were open every Saturday as the state transitioned into issuing REAL ID driver's licenses and ID cards.

“We made the decision to transition back to our normal Saturday hours since there has been no measurable increase in the number of customers served in Saturday branches due to the availability of REAL ID,” said SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. 

The new hours of operation take effect on July 14.

The following offices will open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. two Saturdays per month:

  • Aiken
  • Charleston - Leeds Avenue
  • Florence
  • Greenville - Saluda Dam Road
  • Lexington
  • Rock Hill

Typically, the offices above will open on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, but may change depending on each month's holiday schedule.

As an example, if state offices close for a Monday holiday like Labor Day, the SCDMV's Saturday offices will not open the Saturday before.

The department also says no Saturday offices will open on July 7.

Shwedo also urged South Carolinians to continue to switch to the new REAL ID cards, as the new cards enable residents to board a domestic or commercial flight; enter secure federal buildings, and visit military installations beginning on October 1, 2020.

As of now, more than 254,000 South Carolinians have bought or switched to the new cards since the SCDMV started issuing them in February.

Complete Saturday schedules can be viewed online here.

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