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What You Need to Know About Driver Amnesty Week

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DMV director Kevin Shwedo discusses Driver Amnesty Week. DMV director Kevin Shwedo discusses Driver Amnesty Week.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -

Next week, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is giving people with suspended licenses a chance to clear or shorten their suspension time.

“It’s established by law to allow individuals with suspended licenses to get back on the road, get to work and become more productive members of society,” said Kevin Shwedo, DMV director.

The program will assist the following types of suspended drivers:

· Drivers under 18 years of age that are suspended for excessive points.

· Those suspended for operating an unlicensed taxi or vehicle.

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

· Those suspended for operating or allowing operation of an uninsured vehicle.

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

"Because you failed to pay a traffic ticket doesn't make you necessarily a high risk. The highest risk people are the individuals who are using drugs and alcohol and they don't qualify under this program," said Shwedo.

To qualify for the program, drivers must meet all of the conditions of their suspension. All paperwork must be filed and all fees must be paid.

The DMV suggests drivers do not wait until the last minute.

“The biggest mistake people make is they’ll wait until Thursday or Friday and find out they need a piece of paper or SR-22 insurance and they’re not able to qualify. When we close the doors on Friday afternoon it’s all over,” said Shwedo

For more information or to apply visit http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/default.aspx.

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