Governor, DMV Director Announce New SC Driver’s Licenses

Columbia, S.C. –  Gov. Mark Sanford joined Marcia Adams, Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, to announce South Carolina’s updated Driver’s License. South Carolina hasn’t updated its Driver’s Licenses since 1994. The updated licenses adopt several features that make it extremely difficult to alter or counterfeit, will make our licenses among the most secure in the nation, and provide our state with a much-needed tool to enforce our laws on illegal immigration.

“Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of accomplishments on the part of the South Carolina DMV,” Gov. Sanford said. “Since 2003, when the agency was placed in the Cabinet, DMV has become an important example of what accountability can accomplish in government. Among other achievements, DMV has reduced average wait times from 66 down to 15 minutes, provided a host of services online to both individuals and businesses, and decals and registrations can now be issued in 29 of South Carolina’s 46 counties.   

“It’s also worth remembering that today’s announcement represents a vindication of this administration’s stance on the federal government’s attempt to impose a national identification card. As many remember, we refused to comply with the federal government’s $116 million unfunded mandate known as REAL ID. We argued that the states were capable of creating fully secure driver’s licenses without unfunded mandates from Washington and without jeopardizing our citizens’ liberties. We believe today is proof that that stance was the right one. For that, and for DMV’s accomplishments of which this is only the latest, I’d thank Director Marcia Adams and her team, and urge the agency to keep up the great work.”