South Korea, South Carolina ink drivers license reciprocity deal

By JEFF WILKINSON | The State (Columbia, S.C.) | Published: July 25, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles and the Republic of Korea have struck a driver’s license reciprocity agreement that promises to aid international business and the military.

The agreement will allow S.C. residents with a Republic of Korea driver’s license to forgo written and driving tests to receive a Palmetto State driver’s license. South Carolina drivers also will be able to exchange their state licenses with those issued by the Republic of Korea.

The identification requirements will be the same as those required for anyone seeking a driver’s license in South Carolina. The reciprocity agreement applies only to noncommercial licenses and will not include motorcycle licenses.

The Republic of Korea joins France and Germany, which have reciprocity agreements with South Carolina.

“Our experience with other countries has been very positive and we expect it will be with the Republic of Korea,” DMV Kevin Shwedo said in a news release. “The reciprocity agreements make it easier to attract international business to the Palmetto State and much easier to conduct business when the citizens of participating countries can drive freely.”

He Beom Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea, and Shwedo signed a Memorandum of Agreement this week at DMV headquarters in Blythewood.

“The Republic of Korea approached us less than a year ago about a reciprocity agreement and we spent six months comparing and contrasting the driving standards for licensing,” Shwedo said. “We have confirmed they were so similar that additional testing was not required.”


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