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Electronic Dealer Renewals are coming April 2023-The Electronic Dealer Renewal Project is an initiative of the SCDMV's Dealer License & Audit Unit designed to streamline the dealer license renewal process, enhance the customer's experience, minimize current challenges, and save you time.
For more information on this project, see the details below. Bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on the Electronic Dealer Renewal Project (EDRP).
IMPORTANT CHANGE! The agency is currently transitioning from issuing plates in the branch offices (BO) to issuing plates on-demand. This process will ensure a seamless changeover for the upcoming (EDRP) implementation. Effective immediately, please prepare for the changes in issuance of your dealership decals and registration cards and new plates and registration cards. Review changes here.
Renewing a Dealer License
To renew your dealer or wholesaler license, you must take all of the following renewal documents to an SCDMV branch:
*The National Criminal Reports are individually based and fees will vary. Reports are emailed to your submitted email address within a minimum of three to five days of purchase.
If you are requesting dealer demonstration plates with your license renewal, you must provide the following documents:
If you purchased a new surety bond since your last application, you must submit your original bond and Power of Attorney to the address below:
Dealer License and Audit Unit
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0023
Inspections for Renewals
Some dealer applicants require facility inspection upon renewal. The following criteria determines whether or not an inspection will be required:
Electronic Dealer Renewal Project (EDRP)
The SCDMV is working on a project for the electronic renewal of dealer and wholesaler licenses. This project’s purpose is to enhance the customer experience by streamlining the dealer license renewal process through an online platform that not only saves time and effort, but also gives dealers more control in managing and viewing dealership profile information during the renewal period.
With electronic dealer/wholesaler license renewals, dealers will have the ability to verify their insurance and transmit a National Criminal Report electronically, submit additional sales volume, view dealership plates and sales history, and update dealership profile information at any time without having to travel to a branch office.
While a detailed timeline for the EDRP is provided in the below documents, the project will be rolled out in the following three phases:
To prepare for the upcoming change, the agency is asking dealers to review the below information.
Informational Resources about Project Details
Training and testing opportunities will be provided to all dealers in the coming months. It is highly encouraged that every dealer takes advantage of the training and testing to a) ensure you are comfortable with and understand how the new system works and b) ask any questions for clarification.
All training will be held virtually via a Microsoft Teams link and therefore requires registration to secure your seat.
The deadline to sign-up for training is October 31, 2022. Please reference the training dates below and submit an email, providing all the below information. For ease, copy and paste the below list in your email (email@example.com) and fill in the information accordingly.
Email Subject: SIGN-UP FOR TRAINING
Training Date you're signing up for:
Franchise? (Yes or No)
|Virtual Training Sessions (Electronic Dealer Renewal Project)
|For Dealers Expiring in||Training Session #||Day||Date|
|July(who are not a part of the Pilot Program)||5||Wednesday||4/12/2023|
|January & February||11||Wednesday||5/31/2023|
|March & April(who are not a part of the Pilot Program)||12||Wednesday||6/07/2023|
|May & June (who are not a part of the Pilot Program)||13||Wednesday||6/14/2023|
Testing the new renewal system will also be a resource available to every dealer. Testing will take place between March and October 2023. Testing methods and dates will be disclosed in the upcoming months.
Updating Contacts and Employee List
Dealers should update their contact and employee list on a regular basis.
To update your dealership's contact and employee list, you may send the completed letter of request on a business letterhead by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (803) 896-8172. In the letter of request, include the following information:
To add or remove an owner, please contact Dealer License and Audit Unit at (803) 896-2611 or email@example.com to inquire of the documents needed.