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Drivers Liscense Forgiveness Week

Lexington, S.C. (Paul Kirby) - To err is human, to forgive divine. Soon, the SC Department of Motor Vehicles will put this old saying into practice with an opportunity to have some drivers with license suspensions forgiven in the coming weeks.

Driver Suspension Eligibility Week is a period when drivers who have lost their driving privileges for certain offenses may apply to reduce or clear the time remaining on their suspensions.

Drivers whose licenses have been suspended for these reasons may be eligible if they apply:

Excessive points for someone under the age of 18

Those suspended for operating an unlicensed taxi

Drivers suspended for operating an uninsured vehicle that they did not own

Drivers who been suspended for operating or allowing operation of an uninsured vehicle

Drivers suspended for driving under suspension, excluding alcohol or drug related convictions.

To qualify for the forgiveness program, drivers must have met all other conditions of their suspensions and are just waiting for the remaining time to pass. All fees and fines must have been paid, and SR-22 (Certificate of Insurance) must be on file, if that type of insurance is required.

Drivers with suspensions for reasons that are not covered by the stipulations of this program will still need to serve those suspensions. If a driver has had more than one suspension, the SCDMV will recalculate the suspension time.

Drivers who may qualify for the program must complete a Driver Suspension Eligibility Application (SCDMV form DL-601) and then visit any SCDMV branch during the week of March 13-17, 2017.

Only drivers who clear all suspensions may apply for a license. Depending on the type of suspension you were under, drivers may be required to pass the vision, knowledge, and road skills tests just as they did when they originally applied for their license before receiving a new license.

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