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Bill Number: 2252 Ratification Number: 429 Act Number 352 Introducing Body: House Subject: Relating to the expiration and renewal of drivers' licenses
(A352, R429, H2252)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-210, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL OF DRIVERS' LICENSES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT VISUAL EXAMINATION SHALL BE REQUIRED OF PERSONS WHO HAVE NO MORE THAN FIVE POINTS INSTEAD OF FOUR POINTS FOR MOVING TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS IN TWO YEARS INSTEAD OF THREE YEARS PRIOR TO APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Expiration and renewal of drivers' license
Section 1. Section 56-1-210 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 56-1-210. Every license issued on and after July 1, 1965, shall expire on the licensee's birth date which occurs within the fourth calendar year after the calendar year in which the license is issued. Every license issued prior to July 1, 1965, shall expire on the licensee's first birth date occurring after June 30, 1969. Every license shall be renewable on or before its expiration date upon application therefor and the payment of the required fee. The Department shall require a vision test of the applicant. Provided, that the vision examination may be waived upon the submission of a certificate from any person authorized by law to examine eyes.
No license shall be renewed until the licensee is reexamined as provided in Section 56-1-130, except that the licensee shall not be required to take the road test provided in Section 56-1-130; provided, further, that only the visual examination shall be required of those persons who have no more than five points for moving traffic violations in the two years prior to making application for renewal. For cause shown, the Department may require the submission by the applicant of evidence satisfactory to the Department of the applicant's mental and physical fitness to drive, and his knowledge of traffic laws and regulations. If such evidence is not satisfactory to the Department, the Department may require an examination of the applicant as upon an original application. Provided, further, that parallel parking shall not be required as a part of the driver test."
Section 2. This act shall take effect upon the approval by the Governor.