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SCDMV, Department of Revenue make changes amid Coronavirus concerns

Business as usual has been altered in countless areas of our day-to-day lives because of COVID-19. Here are some changes of note at the SC Department of Motor Vehicles and the SC Department of Revenue.

SCDMV adjusts hours at some Upstate branches

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) remains open, but the agency adjusted hours of operation at select branches last week. The reductions result from staffing limitations and the agency’s commitment to enforcing social distancing recommendations in branch offices.

Upstate SCDMV branches in Abbeville and Laurens will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice. Upstate branches in Belton, Woodruff and Newberry will be open Tuesday and Thursday until further notice.

The remaining 44 SCDMV branch offices are open with normal business hours.

Click here for changes implemented at all SCDMV offices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Real ID
The deadline to obtain a REAL ID has been moved to October 1, 2021, according to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.

As of October 1, 2021, South Carolinians must have a REAL ID to board a domestic, commercial flight, enter a secure federal building or visit a military installation unless they have a valid U.S. Passport, military ID, or another accepted form of federal identification.

Tax deadline delayed

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) is providing special filing and payment relief to those impacted by COVID-19 in South Carolina. This includes individuals and businesses located in South Carolina, taxpayers who have businesses with offices in South Carolina, taxpayers with tax records located in South Carolina, or taxpayers whose returns are prepared by impacted tax professionals.

Starting on April 1, 2020, the tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines for any taxes administered by, or tax returns filed with the SC Department of Revenue, including but not limited to, income tax, sales and use tax, admissions tax and motor fuel user fee returns.

Affected individuals and businesses will have until June 1, 2020 to file and pay taxes for returns that are due between April 1, 2020 and June 1, 2020.

Taxpayers filing by mail should write “CORONAVIRUS” or “COVID-19” at the top of any paper return relying on this relief or complete the “disaster area” check box if one is provided on the return.

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