The S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles issued new guidelines for county law enforcement agencies in response to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.
According to the guidelines from SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo, all identification cards, non-commercial driver’s licenses, beginner’s permits, non-hazmat commercial driver’s licenses and commercial learner’s permits that are set to expire March 1 through June 30 will be considered valid until July 1.
All public and private businesses, companies, agencies and organizations of any kind are urged to accept these documents as valid. CDLs and CLPs mentioned above were authorized for extension through March 24 according to FMCSA guidance.
All vehicles, including commercial motor vehicles in the International Registration Plan engaged in interstate commerce traveling in or through the state with registrations that expire March through June will be valid until July 1.
Because some state residents are not able to pay vehicle property taxes in counties that are or will be closed to the public and because closure of county offices may delay the issuance of tax bills, SCDMV will suspend all collections of late fees for late vehicle registration renewals and suspend the suspension of driver’s licenses for failure to pay property taxes for registration renewals that expire March through June.
DMV offices in South Carolina are to treat all temporary license plates and 30-day temporary license plates with expiration dates between March and June as valid until July 1. Vehicles that have expired temporary plates that are not properly titled and registered within 45 days after July 1 will be considered as having expired registrations.
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