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Voter Registration
Fairfield County: 803-635-1411 ext. 36
Lexington County: 803-359-8361
Richland County: 803-748-4944

Electric & Gas
Fairfield Electric Cooperative: TOLL-FREE 800-628-0336
Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative: 803-749-6400 or 888-813-8000 or 800-479-8838
Newberry Electric Cooperative: 803-276-1121
South Carolina Electric and Gas Company: 803-799-9000
Tri-County Electric Cooperative: 803-874-1215

Water Services
Columbia Water Department: 803-733-8285

Local Telephone Services
Alltell South Carolina: 1-800-255-8351
BellSouth: 803-780-2355
Pond-Branch Telephone Company: 803-894-3121

Cable Television Service
Time Warner Cable: 803-252-2253

Columbia Metropolitan Airport: 803-822-5010
Columbia City Bus Service: 803-737-0831
Greyhound: 800-231-2222

Newcomer Information

Obtaining your S.C. Driver's License:

  • New residents have 90 days to apply for a license upon moving to the state.
  • If you have a driver's license from another state, a written exam is not required. You will be required to take an eye exam.
  • Residents within the state have 10 days to report a change of address.
  • A birth certificate and Social Security card are required to obtain a license for the first time.
  • Contact the Division of Motor Vehicles. In Columbia and Lexington, call 803-737-1767.
Tags and Registration for your automobile:
  • New residents have 30 days to apply for new tags.
  • New residents will need proof of liability insurance, current vehicle inspection, title, registration card, and proof of property tax payment.
  • Contact the South Carolina Department of Revenue at 898-5872

Voter Registration

To vote in an election, you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the election, an U.S. citizen, a resident of the state, and registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. Contact Voter Registration. In Lexington, 359-836. In Columbia, 748-4944. In Kershaw County, 424-4017.