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South Carolina Knowledge Test

Who Must Take the Test?

All applicants for an original South Carolina permit or license must pass a knowledge test.

If your South Carolina license expiration date passes and you have not renewed your license within nine months, you must pass the knowledge and road tests again.

If your license has been revoked, you must wait until the revocation period is passed, make a new application and take the complete examination just as if you never had a license.

For reinstatement of your driving privilege after a suspension period, you must take both the knowledge and road tests.

New Residents

If you have a valid out-of-state permit, it can be transferred to a beginner's permit in South Carolina. The time you held the out-of-state permit counts toward the 180 day requirement. An expired out-of-state permit will require you to take the vision and knowledge tests again.

If you have a valid driver's license from another state, you only need to pass the vision test and surrender your out-of-state driver's license. If your out-of-state driver's license has expired by nine months, you must pass the vision test and successfully complete the knowledge and road tests.

In general, applicants holding a valid license from a foreign country may retain the foreign country license but must pass the knowledge examination as well as the road test. The following countries have reciprocity with South Carolina for noncommercial vehicles and citizens are exempted from the exam: Canada, France, Germany, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

If the out-of-country license has expired, an applicant must successfully complete all the necessary tests.

Note that you will be allowed to keep an out-of-country license but the use of that license may result in the South Carolina license being revoked.

South Carolina Knowledge Test

The SC knowledge test consists of a series of questions about your responsibility as a driver, including knowledge of laws and safe driving practices. It will also contain questions about the meaning of standard road signs.

All questions are based on the information available in the driver's manual.

You must correctly answer 20 out of 25 questions.

If you fail any of your tests, you must wait at least one day or return at a time set by the examiner.

Are You Ready for Your Drivers Permit Test?


Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.

Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.

Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.

Our Practice Tests

Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.

Read Carefully

Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.

All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.


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