(Excerpts copyright SC DMV)
Getting a South Carolina Driving Learner’s Permit
In SC you will need a Class D – Passenger Vehicle Beginner Permit to practice driving a vehicle when accompanied by a licensed driver.
To get a Class D Beginner’s Permit:
Exchanging a Beginner Permit from Another State
You may exchange your out-of-state beginner’s permit for a South Carolina beginner’s permit. However, if there is an exchange, you must have the permit for 180 days before you can apply for a license. The time that you held the out-of-state beginner’s permit will count toward the 180 day period. If your beginner’s permit has expired, you must take the vision and knowledge tests to obtain a South Carolina beginner’s permit.
The fee is $2.00 for the knowledge test and $2.50 for the beginner’s permit.
Note that Section 23-3-460 of the SC Code of Laws states that a person who has been convicted anywhere of an offense listed in 23-3-430 must register with the county sheriff within 10 days of establishing residency in South Carolina. A copy of the Sex Offender Registry Law is available upon request.