As an international student on an F-1 or J-1 visa, you are eligible to obtain a South Carolina driver’s license. Once you have been in the United States and in active status for 10 days, you can obtain a driver’s license at the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.
To apply for a driver's license or learner's permit, you will need to present the following original documents to the DMV:
- Passport with unexpired visa
- Social Security card or letter from Social Security Administration stating you are not allowed to work in the U.S.
- I-94 card
- Letter from our office stating you are enrolled at Furman and a resident of Greenville, SC. Letters must be requested 1 week in advance of your visit to the DMV. Submit a request for a letter.
Applicants applying for a driver’s license must also submit a valid driver’s license from their country of origin as proof of driving experience. A qualified translator must also translate a driver's license unless an International Driving Permit accompanies the license.Examples of a qualified translator include: professor or instructor at an area college, university or high school who is authorized to teach a specific language, a person from a company or corporation who is authorized to translate corporate documents by the company, or a translator certified to do translations professionally.
Applicants who cannot show proof of driving experience must first obtain a beginner’s permit and hold it for 180 days before applying for a driver’s license.