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Lawful Presence

Section 17 of the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act (H. 4400, Act 280), enacted June 4, 2008, requires South Carolina public colleges and universities to verify the lawful presence in the United States of their students.  To attend a public college or university in the state, a student must be a citizen or national of the United States or an alien lawfully present in the United States.

Students must provide proof of lawful presence in the United States before being allowed to enroll or continue enrollment at the College. The Board of Trustees of the College of Charleston has approved a verification process to comply with the law.

See your birth state's Bureau of Vital Records or use this helpful link:

Please print and deliver a hard copy of your verification letter to the Office of the Registrar.

Verification Letter: Current Students

Verification Policy: Policy & Procedures

Office Location:
Office of the Registrar
Lightsey Center 2nd floor
phone: 843-953-5668
Fax: 843-953-6560

Mailing Address:
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Lightsey Center 2nd floor
Charleston, South Carolina 29424

Drivers' Licenses

Section 41 – 8 – 20 (B)(2)(c) of the "South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act" requires that the Executive Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles determines which states have driver's license requirements that are at least as strict as those in South Carolina. He must provide a copy of the list to the Director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) and periodically update the list. The Director of LLR must publish the list on the agency's Web site by January 1, 2009.

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has determined that drivers’ licenses or identification cards issued by the following states are acceptable:

Alaska Arizona Connecticut
Delaware Florida Georgia
Idaho Indiana Kansas
Maine Maryland Kentucky
Michigan Missouri Massachusetts
New Hampshire New Jersey Montana
Pennsylvania Rhode Island North Carolina
Texas Virginia Tennessee
Wisconsin West Virginia

This list may be updated periodically. For the most current list, visit the DMV Web site at: