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South Carolina DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in South Carolina?

    You can apply at age 15.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    You will need to pass a written knowledge test and a vision test. Once you receive your permit and begin practicing driving, you must have a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old with at least one year of driving experience seated in the front seat with you at all times.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    The test has 30 questions.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must answer at least 24 questions correctly in order to pass.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    To receive your Learner’s Permit quickly and with as little hassle as possible, we encourage you to study for the test. One effective way to study for the test is to complete online practice exams that boast real sample questions. Test your current driving knowledge now by clicking on the following link to take a South Carolina practice permit test.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    Approximately 70% of those who take the test for the first time end up getting a failing grade, statistics indicate. In many states those who fail are required to wait at least a day to retake the exam and may have to pay a re-examination fee. To increase your chances of passing the first time you take the test, improve your knowledge and confidence by taking multiple practice exams that have been designed to closely mirror the actual test.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    Fees total $4.50.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The South Carolina Department of Transportation’s Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) licenses drivers in the state. Visit to locate an office near you.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    Plan to have a parent or guardian accompany you to the DMV office. Also, be sure to bring proper identification. You will need to pass the written knowledge test and the vision test to receive your Learner’s Permit.

The South Carolina DMV Learner’s Permit — What You Need to Know

Before you can get your  driver’s license in South Carolina, you need to first apply for your your beginners permit.  Why postpone getting your beginners permit another day? A permit provides you with your first real taste of driving.  Soon the days of bumming rides from friends and family or taking public transportation will be a distant spot in your rear view mirror.

More commonly known as the South Carolina permit test, the test is designed to ensure you have the knowledge to be a safe and responsible driver.  The South Carolina’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for administering the test and has offices throughout the state.  But before you head down to take the exam, it’s important to understand that the test can be a real challenge for the unprepared.

Get a Higher Score With SC DMV Practice Permit Tests

How would you feel if you failed your written test?   Now imagine the feeling of walking out of the DMV office empty-handed. With statistics revealing that 70% of people fail the exam every year, it’s more important than ever to prepare yourself.

That’s why we’re here. To help you pass your test, stress-free.

On this page you’ll find a collection of study resources to help you do just that. By using our powerful study resources, you’ll find preparing for the test to be an easy and simple process.

Our sample interactive South Carolina practice tests are designed to give you a closer look at what the real exam format looks like. You’ll also find a copy of the official South Carolina Driver’s Manual. Interested in getting a motorcycle permit?  We have study tools to help you prepare for that exam too.

Start preparing for your South Carolina permit test today!