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South Carolina Teen Auto Insurance

Like many other states, South Carolina has adopted a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system. This is intended to reduce the number of accidents caused inexperienced teenage drivers. The system is designed to gradually introduce inexperienced drivers to more and more driving privileges as they gain behind-the-wheel experience culminating in an official South Carolina driver license.

South Carolina Graduated Driver License Requirements
The GDL is intended for aspiring drivers at least 15 years old.

To obtain an instruction permit:

  • Must be 15 years old
  • Provide proof of identity and residency
  • Provide proof of insurance
  • Pass vision and knowledge tests

Teen must hold instruction permit for at least 6 months and have 40 hours of behind-the-wheel practice before they can apply for a Conditional License.

Conditional License:
  • Must be less than 16 and have held permit for 6 months.
  • Must provide documents listed above
  • Must provide certification of attendance to school, drive education course, and driver practice

Special Restricted License:
  • Must be 16 years old
  • Must provide documents listed above
  • Pass vision and knowledge tests

Upon completing all license levels, teen will be able to apply for a full unrestricted license.

South Carolina Teen Driver Restrictions
  • Permit holder may only drive between 6 am and 12 am and must be accompanied by licensed driver in the front passenger seat, at least 21 years or older and who has held a license for at least one year.
  • Conditional License holders may not drive between 6 pm and 6 am unless accompanied by a licensed driver,
  • May not carry more than two passengers under the age of 21, except immediate family members
  • Violating these conditions could result in a teen’s license being delayed or suspended.