South Carolina
Driving Practice Test

Cruising the coast line of the Palmetto State is the dream for many people who live in South Carolina. To do so, you’ll need to earn your South Carolina driver’s license. In preparation for the SC permit test and the SC driving test, you’ll need to do a lot of studying and practicing behind the wheel. Fortunately, there are resources available like the ones on this site which offer free SC DMV practice tests so you can sharpen your skills, improve your ability to recognize road signs, and deepen your knowledge of South Carolina’s driving laws. Whether you’re looking to pass the SC DMV permit test, written knowledge test of the driver’s exam, or even if you’re looking to get your South Carolina CDL or motorcycle license, this site has free resources to help you prepare. You can take our practice driving tests below. You will be presented with 30 questions and you must answer 24 questions correctly to pass. There is no time limit. You may not go back once you answer a question. Click the “Start Test” button below to begin. 

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How To Get A South Carolina Drivers License

South Carolina has a Graduated Driver’s License program which features three tiers. The first tier is your learners permit, and you have to be 15 years of age or older to apply. You’ll need to go to the DMV in person and bring a completed permit application signed by a parent or guardian, your social security card, your proof of residency, and pay a $4.50 fee. You will also have to pass a vision test and a written 24 multiple choice question test with an 84 percent or better. You can have the test read to you, and there are interpreters available if you need them.
If you fail, you have to wait 10 days to retake it and pay a $2.00 fee every time. You will need to complete 40 hours of supervised driving, with 10 hours being driven at night with a driver that is at least 21 years old and has their license in good standing.
To obtain your provisional license, you must be 15 years and 6 months old, completed and documented your hours, and have had your learner’s permit for 6 months. Submit a form that states you completed a driver’s education course and had satisfactory school attendance as well. Bring proof of citizenship, your social security card, and your parent or guardian. You will pass a driving road skills test, pass another vision test, and pay a $25 fee.
To obtain your unrestricted license, you must be at least 17 years old and have had your restricted license for a minimum of one year. Fill out the unrestricted driver’s license application, and have your parent or guardian along with to co-sign it. If you haven’t had any convictions or traffic violations in the past 6 months, you can proceed to the final step of paying the fee. There is a $25 fee for this license.
If you are new to South Carolina, you must go to the DMV in person and surrender your old license. You will have to take a vision test, but the written knowledge test, the road test will be waived if your license is valid. You will pay a $20 fee to switch your license.

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How To Pass the South Carolina Driver’s License Test

The best way to pass any written test is with proper preparation. The South Carolina permit test and driver’s license tests are no exception. If you want to pass, we suggest you keep the following tips in mind.

  • Study hard and often. Between the state driver’s manual and free South Carolina DMV permit practice test/driving test options on this site, you have no excuse for feeling uncomfortable or being caught off guard on exam day. Make sure you have a firm grasp on the types of test questions you’ll be seeing on the DMV test and a thorough knowledge of road rules and signs.
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  • Don’t panic if you hit a question or two you’re not sure about. Remember, you don’t need to get 100%, you just need to pass. Take your time reading the question and narrow down the answers to as few options as possible and make an educated guess if you’re unsure.
  • Set yourself up for success. Wear something comfortable on exam day. Lay out your clothes the night before so you feel good while you take the test. Have your paperwork ready to go the night before as well, which should in turn help you get a good night’s sleep. If you show up feeling relaxed and confident it will show in your results.

Additional Information

South Carolina DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) Info

For information on South Carolina driver’s licenses and testing, as well as information on vehicles and registration, you can find more information on the South Carolina DMV website at

Phone: 803.896.5000

To find the South Carolina DMV office nearest you, use the branch locator on our website here:


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