The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted South Carolina's request for an implementation extension to become REAL ID compliant. This extension means South Carolina's current, unexpired SC driver's licenses or identification cards will continue to be accepted as your identification to board domestic flights, enter secure federal buildings, and visit military installations through October 10, 2018. It is anticipated that this is the last extension request the state will have to submit. 

The US Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005 as a result of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation to standardize government-issued identifications, like driver’s licenses. The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) has begun accepting documentation from residents who are interested in obtaining a REAL ID and is working towards full-compliance with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 

REAL IDs will be available in SC in 2018. 

Starting October 1, 2020, every traveler will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel. Other forms of acceptable identification include:
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • Permanent resident card
  • Foreign government-issued passport

Complete list of acceptable identification


The TSA and Department of Homeland Securty FAQ is available online

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles REAL ID brochure

How South Carolina is preparting for the REAL ID requirements 

Email the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles  at with your questions. 

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