Real ID impact on you will be minimal

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) recently unveiled the state’s re-tooled, Real ID compliant driver’s license. Aside from a new look to the card that was planned anyway, there is really only one difference.

A star. A gold star to be exact.

“That’s it,” said Melissa Bryant of the SCDMV.

The other change comes in the application process. In order to get the Real ID, you will need to provide one additional proof of address. Utility bills, and mortgage statements are among the acceptable documents.

The Real ID compliant cards won’t roll out until next year, but the SCDMV can get your documents on file, and ready to go now.

Here is what you need:

  • Proof of Identity
    • Examples:  Birth certificate or valid US Passport
  • Proof of Social Security Number
    • Examples:  Social security card or W-2 Form that has your social security number and name and your employer’s name
  • Two Proofs of Current, Physical SC Address
    • Examples:  Current, unexpired SC license or ID and a no more than 90-day-old utility bill with the same name and address
  • Proof of all Legal Name Changes
    • Examples:  Marriage license or court order issued by your county’s probate or family court
      You must show a complete name change history that links your birth certificate name to your present day name. If you have a valid US Passport or US Passport Card with your legal name, you may use that as your name change document. (Info from

With all of the fighting against South Carolina going Real ID, you might have expected a larger price tag to get the upgraded card, Bryant says that is not the case.

“No difference in the fees, you’re still going to pay $25 for the license, but if you renew now, and pay $25 for a license, you will be paying $25 again to get Real ID,” Bryant added.

With all of that said, you are not required to get a Real ID compliant license or ID. If you won’t be flying, or have no reason to enter a federal building you can choose to get the non-compliant license…but you don’t get the cool gold star.

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