Students 25 to 125 years old by South Carolina state law do not have to complete a driver training course before being able to take a road test to get the restricted license.
That being said there are big advantages to taking a driving lesson before testing.
Individuals testing that have not completed driver training fail the road test at an alarming 95%. The road test has 378 penalty points on it – more than 30 is a fail – and there are more than 40 actions that will outright fail you on the test.
By taking a driving lesson you will be trained by our certified SCDMV instructors on exactly what to do and not do in order to pass the test the first time. Without this you face a 95% chance of failing the test and being blocked for 2 weeks before you can retake the test.
A single driving lesson – 3hrs – followed by a road test, Cost is $220 for the 3hr lesson and $60 for the road test.
- A valid (not expired) South Carolina Permit.
- That you have held a permit for at least 6 months.
- Closed shoes.
- $60 testing fee in cash.
To train or test with a driving school you must have a valid (not expired) South Carolina permit (not any other state or international or another country).
The permit must show that you have held the permit for a least 6 months (180 days)
If this is your 2nd or 3rd permit, please bring a copy of your previous permit with you.
If you have just had your permit issued and the permit is less than 6 months old, but the dmv has said you can test with that permit, please bring in your permit to our office in lyman, monday to friday 9am to 5pm. We will submit it to the dmv for PRE-APPROVAL for testing. There is a $20 fee for pre-approval.
The test results will be given to you in a sealed green envelope. Take this to any SCDMV office where they will eye test you and take your picture before issuing your license.
For testing options:
You can test at the end of your 2nd driving lesson with the instructor who trained you.