Mar 27

South Carolina and Taiwan sign driver's license reciprocity agreement

Director General of the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office Steven Tai & the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles Executive Director Kevin Shwedo sign a driver’s license reciprocity agreement. (back row, left to right) President of Element TV Co The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) & Taiwan announced Thursday a driver’s license reciprocity agreement.  DMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo & the Director General of the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office Steven Tai signed a Memorandum of Agreement at the SCDMV Headquarters in Blythewood. The memorandum will allow residents with a Taiwanese driver’s license to forgo written & driving tests to receive a South Carolina driver’s license. South Carolina drivers moreover will be able to exchange their state licenses with those issued by Taiwan. “We spent approximately a year comparing & contrasting the driving standards for licensing,” said SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. “We have confirmed additional testing was not required to have reciprocity with Taiwan. The reciprocity agreements make it easier to attract international business to the Palmetto state & much easier to conduct business when the citizens of participating countries can drive freely.” 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 non-commercial licenses & will not include motorcycle licenses. “This agreement is another manifestation of the strong friendship between the tremendous state of South Carolina & Taiwan, sister states since 1981who maintain a vibrant trade & cultural relationship. …

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