New Photo ID Requirements Not Yet in Effect

Legislation requiring voters to provide photo ID when voting was signed into law on May 18, 2011. However, the provisions of this law are not yet in effect. Any change to S.C. election law must be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) before taking effect. The State Election Commission anticipates approval would come no earlier than late summer 2011.

Until the legislation is approved by DOJ, voters must continue to provide one of the following forms of ID to vote:

  • S.C. Driver’s License
  • S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) ID Card
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card

Once the legislation is approved by DOJ, voters will then have to provide one of the following forms of photo ID to vote:

  • S.C. Driver’s License
  • S.C. DMV ID Card
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card with photo (Not yet available, under development.)
  • Federal Military ID
  • Passport

Any voter who does not have a S.C. Driver’s License, Federal Military ID, or Passport is encouraged to obtain a S.C. DMV ID Card in anticipation of DOJ approval. These cards can be obtained free of charge from your local DMV office.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q.  What forms of identification do citizens need to bring with them when they go to their local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to obtain a photo identification card?

A.  Please refer to the Department of Motor Vehicles Document MV-93.  For more information concerning DMV issued ID cards, please call or go by the local DMV Office:

2133 Gentry Memorial Hwy

Pickens, SC 29671

Phone: 864-878-1396

M-F Hours: 8:30-5:00


Q. Does the DMV charge a fee for creating an ID card?

A. The DMV will not charge any citizen 17-years of age or older a fee for issuing an ID card for voting purposes.


Q. Can a voter come by the Registration & Elections Commission Office and obtain a voter registration card with his/her picture on it?

A. Not at this time. The process for creating voter registration cards with pictures is still being developed at the state level.


Q. When the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission does have the ability to issue Voter Registration Photo ID Cards, what forms of identification will citizens need to bring with them when they come in the office to obtain one?

A. Once our office has the ability to produce Voter Registration Photo ID Cards, citizens will only need to bring in ONE of the following forms of identification with them to be issued a Voter Registration Photo ID Card free of charge:

  • a current valid photo ID that has your correct name and picture
    • examples:  a school/college issued photo ID card, employer issued photo ID card, veteran photo ID card, etc.
  • a current utility bill that shows your name and address in this county
    • for the purposes of registering to vote, the following are considered utility bills: electricity/power, cable, satellite, natural gas, internet, and telephone bills.
  • a current bank statement that shows your name and address in this county
  • a current paycheck or paycheck stub that shows your name and address in this county
  • other government document that shows your name and address in this county

**Updates on the status of these pending changes will be posted on this website.**

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