Less than 40% of South Carolinians are expected to have a REAL ID by the 1 October deadline.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is therefore planning to spread “sharks” across the state.
Charleston newspaper The Post and Courier reports that over the next five months, state employees will visit all 46 counties with mobile “self-contained hazardous area response kits” – or SHARKs – to get REAL ID driver’s licences and identity cards into the hands of residents before the federal mandated deadline.
The first SHARK will reportedly start in Myrtle Beach and end in Laurens and Newberry.
The Post and Courier reports that as of 31 December 2019, “1.1 million REAL IDs have been issued since February 2018.”
Statewide, 4.3 million people have a driver’s licence or identification card, but only a quarter of them carry a REAL ID.
To purchase a REAL ID, customers must bring with them all of the following:
- Proof of identity such as a government-issued birth certificate or valid US passport
- Proof of Social Security number
- Two proofs of a current physical South Carolina address
- Proof of all legal name changes
- $25 payment; DMV accepts cash, checks, and credit and debit cards
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