Starting on October 1, 2021, if you wish to use your South Carolina driver’s license or identification card to board a commercial domestic airline flight or gain access to federal facilities that require identification, your license or ID card must have the "Real ID" designation. (Note: this date had been October 1, 2020 but was pushed back to 2021 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.) The South Carolina DMV has detailed information on the process and documents required to obtain a Real ID.
Click here to visit the SC DMV page on Real ID
While trying to obtain a Real ID, some people may encounter problems with their documentation. Examples might include someone who:
- has a current driver’s license with a name that is not spelled precisely like the name of their birth certificate (e.g. Jon vs. Jonathan);
- cannot obtain proof of his/her social security number for a variety of reasons;
- has lost the paper trails of a name change following a marriage or divorce.
These are just a few issues that may prevent you from obtaining a Real ID. Many of these could take weeks or months to resolve, and some may require intervention from my congressional office. So please allow yourself plenty of time to address any unforeseen issues.
If you run into a roadblock trying to obtain your Real ID, please contact my Rock Hill office at (803) 327-1114 for assistance.