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Titling and Registering Vehicle in SC
If you move to South Carolina from another state, you'll want to get an SC driver's license and transfer your vehicle's title and registration. Before you transfer your title and registration, you must pay any property taxes with your county treasurer.
You cannot receive your new title in the mail until your out-of-state title is cleared through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. Once cleared, your new SC title will be mailed to your SC address. You will receive your new registration before this check is complete.
If you're titling/registering your vehicle in SC for the first time, you must follow the steps below:
In most cases, if you have a regular passenger vehicle that will be titled and registered in SC, you will pay $305 per vehicle (vehicles with a higher gross vehicle weight may have a higher fee) to the SCDMV upon entering the state. This includes the $250 IMF, $15 title fee, and $40 registration/license plate fee but does not include the property tax you will pay to your county of residence. You will pay the IMF once per vehicle, but you will not have to pay it again. You will pay the registration/plate fee every two years. Your registration/plate fee may be more if you decide to purchase a specialty plate.
Titling and Registering Vehicle Without an SC License
If you do not have a valid South Carolina beginner's permit, driver's license, or identification card, you must complete the Statement of Vehicle Operation (SCDMV Form TI-006) that says at least one of the following applies:
You must complete the steps below for every vehicle you register in this state.
Can I drive my vehicle while I'm in school in SC?
If you do not have a valid South Carolina beginner's permit, driver's license, or identification card, but you're enrolled in school in this state and own your vehicle (the vehicle is titled in your name), you must complete the Statement of Vehicle Operation (SCDMV Form TI-006).
When driving, you must keep your registration and proof of insurance in your vehicle.
Vehicles Kept in SC During the Year
You should follow these steps if you own a vacation home in South Carolina, for example, and you have a car that stays at that home for at least six months of the year.
If you own a vehicle that is primarily kept in South Carolina for at least six months of the year, complete the Statement of Vehicle Operation (SCDMV Form TI-006) and present at least one of the following at an SCDMV branch:
These requirements do not apply to mobile homes if the home address is an SC address.
Not Able to Get an SC License
If you own a vehicle and cannot get a South Carolina beginner's permit, driver's license, or identification card because of a medical or physical condition, but your vehicle is stored in this state and will be driven by someone who does not own it, the driver must complete the Statement of Vehicle Operation (SCDMV Form TI-006) and provide the SC address where the vehicle will be kept.
The vehicle must have a license plate for a person with a disability or the vehicle's owner must have a permanent parking placard for a person with a disability registered in his or her name.
Moving to SC Quick Help
Vehicles With a Lien
You have a lien on your vehicle if you're making payments on it.
If you have a loan on your automobile, you need all of the following:
If your registration is expired, you will need to send information to the lienholder and have the lienholder mail it to the SCDMV with a title.
Vehicles Without a Lien
You do not have a lien on your vehicle if you are not making payments on it.
If you do not have a loan on your vehicle, you need all of the following:
Registering Vehicle Without a Title
The SCDMV will register your out-of-state vehicle without a title depending on the vehicle's year and the year the other state started titling vehicles. In this case, you will need the Bill of Sale.
You may pick up your Bill of Sale at an SCDMV branch or it may be mailed to you. It must be an original.