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Driver Amnesty Week Begins at SC DMV Offices

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South Carolina's Department of Motor Vehicles is offering some drivers whose licenses have been suspended a chance to get their driving privileges restored. South Carolina's Department of Motor Vehicles is offering some drivers whose licenses have been suspended a chance to get their driving privileges restored.
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This week, South Carolina's Department of Motor Vehicles is offering some drivers whose licenses have been suspended a chance to get their driving privileges restored.

From March 10-14, the agency is allowing drivers who qualify a chance to reduce or clear suspensions. Drivers must meet all requirements.

The program is offered at all DMV offices in the state but is not available to everyone. Drivers whose licenses were suspended for alcohol- or drug-related offenses are not eligible.

Department spokeswoman Beth Parks says drivers who were suspended for operating an unlicensed or uninsured vehicle may qualify for the program.

SCDMV Director Kevin Shwedo said the program works well for getting people driving again so they have transportation to get back to work.

"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."

Many drivers in the Upstate agreed and said they know people who would benefit from the program. 

"I think it's a good thing giving them another chance everybody needs another chance," said Lori Richards. 

"I have a couple brothers that could use the assistance right now. They need that transportation and a license in order to drive their cars right now," said Joseph Hollis.

Fees must be paid and certain insurance forms may be required. Drivers with a clear record may apply for a new license. Some may have to take tests to get back on the road.

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