Florence DMV extends hours for REAL IDs
Beginning in July, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles’ (SCDMV) six Saturday offices will transition from opening every Saturday to two Saturdays a month until further notice. The agency’s six Saturday offices followed this operating schedule prior to January 2018 when they started opening every Saturday to prepare for and issue REAL ID driver’s licenses and identification cards.
“We made the decision to transition back to our normal Saturday hours since there has been no measurable increase in the number of customers served in Saturday branches due to the availability of REAL ID,” said SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo.
Starting July 14, Florence SCDMV offices will open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. two Saturdays a month:
Most typically, the above offices will open on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. This may change depending on the month’s holiday schedule. If state offices close for a Monday holiday, such as Labor Day, the SCDMV’s Saturday offices will not open on the Saturday before.
“While we’re glad we’ve not yet seen longer lines and increased wait times due to REAL ID, we still want to remind South Carolinians that lines will grow as we move closer to 2020,” said Deputy Director of Field Services Courtney White. “The time to switch to a REAL ID with a short wait and a quick visit is now.”
To date, more than 254,000 South Carolinians have purchased or switched to a REAL ID since the SCDMV started issuing them on February 20. As of July 1, there were more than 3.8 million licensed drivers in the state and more than 550,000 ID card holders. On and after October 1, 2020, your license or ID must be a REAL ID with a gold star to use it to board a domestic, commercial flight, enter a secure federal building, or visit a military installation.
For the most accurate Saturday schedule and times, visit www.scdmvonline.com. You can also see if you are eligible for purchasing your REAL ID license online while there.
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