- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A new South Carolina law is designed to make it easier for teens in foster care to get a driver’s license.

The law ceremoniously signed Monday by Gov. Henry McMaster allows foster parents or other adults responsible for a teen to sign an application for a beginner’s permit or license. Previously, only the parents or legal guardian could sign.

Department of Social Services Director Susan Alford says the law ensures teens in foster care can “experience the normal rites of passage” to becoming an adult and develop skills for being on their own.

Alford says there are 916 teens ages 15 to 18 in foster care.

In South Carolina, 15-year-olds can obtain a beginner’s permit. Seventeen-year-olds can get a regular license.

The law took effect with McMaster’s signature April 5.

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