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Old Feb 25th 2019, 5:37 pm
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Hello we have just moved to South Carolina and my husband needs to get his drivers license
they are telling him he had to get a translation document from a translator signed has anyone else come across this or change just go get a driver's license
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Old Feb 25th 2019, 5:42 pm
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Hello we have just moved to South Carolina and my husband needs to get his drivers license
they are telling him he had to get a translation document from a translator signed has anyone else come across this or change just go get a driver's license
Why did they tell him that?
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Old Feb 25th 2019, 5:44 pm
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What language is his license in? …. If he's from the UK he will have to start over and take a road test anyway, and his licence is already in English, so I am not sure what the problem is, other than the DMV person he spoke to is either an idiot, or just being an arse, or perhaps both.
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You do not say who told you that. This is the official SC site which you should use as your source of information.
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Hello sorry we are from the UK they told us this at the dm v in South Carolina we went to another me and they said the same thing
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Thank you for the link it looks as if he does have to get translated from englis h to English lol another way to get money they claim they can't read the codes on his englis license which e just renewed 2 years ago
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Old Feb 25th 2019, 8:07 pm
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Hello sorry we are from the UK they told us this at the dm v in South Carolina we went to another me and they said the same thing
They have a process - with rules and forms, and whatnot. Brief yourself per the link that Midatlantic provided above, then if needs be go and TELL the DMV how to run their own process. DMV's are legendary across the US for employing half-wits, nincompoops and a-holes, so you need to know the process yourself and not be discouraged by the idiots at the DMV.

That said, a few more details about exactly what you asked, what steps you have taken and details of exactly what you were told would help us give you more specific advice - not least how they expect you to get a UK licence translated, and into which language!

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Interesting that they even care about OP's husband's British licence as no state actually swaps UK licences for their own! I wonder if the DMV minions don't know this and are going through the process for swapping an foreign license from somewhere the state does has an agreement with? In which case they'll probably get a few steps more down the process and then discover it doesn't apply to UK licences, thereby wasting their time and OP and her husband's.

It'll probably be a lot faster and easier for him to simply start over, get a learner's permit and take the test. If SC is like every other state it'll probably be a breeze.
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Interesting that they even care about OP's husband's British licence as no state actually swaps UK licences for their own! I wonder if the DMV minions don't know this and are going through the process for swapping an foreign license from somewhere the state does has an agreement with? ETA: In which case they'll probably get a few steps more down the process and then discover it doesn't apply to UK licences, thereby wasting their time and OP and her husband's. …
Agreed, as I said above "If he's from the UK he will have to start over and take a road test anyway".

I think that at least some states will swap a German licence (also a French one) and as there are a number of substantial German investments in SC, I think there is a good chance that the nitwits at the DMV think they are trying to process the swap of a German licence. I wonder where in SC Debdes is located?

… It'll probably be a lot faster and easier for him to simply start over, get a learner's permit and take the test. If SC is like every other state it'll probably be a breeze.
To your first point, with a UK licence he doesn't have an alternative, and to your second point, there is no "probably" about it!

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He should go into yet another DMV location, but this time don't show them his UK license at all. He should just tell them he's new to the USA and needs to apply for a SC drivers license.

He should bring proof that he's in the US legally.

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He should go into yet another DMV location, but this time don't show them his UK license at all. He should just tell them he's new to the USA and needs to apply for a SC drivers license.

He should bring proof that he's in the US legally.

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….. The link to the SC DMV already provided by Midatlantic, above, will tell him what to take and present, and under "real ID" requirements for DLs it is going to mean some heavy-duty documents, such as a passport, green card, etc.
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Hello thank you all for your advice we finally managed to talk to someone with common sense and it is now sorted they realised you can't transfer eng!ish to english lol now he just takes the test
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Hello thank you all for your advice we finally managed to talk to someone with common sense and it is now sorted they realised you can't transfer eng!ish to english lol now he just takes the test
Congratulations! You must have found the person who's turn it was to have the SC DMV's shared brain that day.
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