Some SCDMV branches may be operating with delayed openings or be closed due to Hurricane Ian. SCDMV offices follow the direction of counties during inclement weather.SC Emergency Management County Delays/Closures
Beginning April 18, 2022, applications for military license plates will only be processed by mail at SCDMV Headquarters in Blythewood.
Customers who visit branch offices on and after April 18, 2022 to obtain a military plate will receive an Application for Military License Plate (MV-37) and further instructions to complete the application by mail.
Registering Your Vehicle
South Carolina law requires that you register your newly purchased vehicle within 45 days of the purchase date. If you purchased your vehicle through a dealer, the dealer will generally take care of the titling and the registration of the vehicle for you.
If you purchased a vehicle from an individual who holds the title for that vehicle, the following will be required to properly title and register that vehicle in South Carolina:
You may visit an SCDMV branch office with the above documents to register your vehicle.
You may also mail (certified only) your documents and the appropriate payment, made out to the SCDMV, to the address below:
Titles and Registration
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0024
You may hear a license plate referred to as a tag.
Regular passenger vehicles receive a license plate with registration. Valid registrations are identified by a color-coded decal in the lower right-hand corner of the plate. You can spot a vehicle with a valid registration depending on the color of the sticker and the month printed on the sticker. Vehicles that have a registration expiring and due for renewal in 2020 will have a white decal in the lower right-hand corner of the plate. Vehicles that have a registration expiring and due for renewal in 2021 will have a yellow decal in the lower right-hand corner.
The pattern of white then yellow then green stickers should continue until further notice.
While you may see some plates with a sticker on the left-hand side with simply a number, such as "8" to designate the eighth month of the year - August - this sticker is no longer required to have a valid registration since the month, year, and plate number is now printed on the color-coded sticker on the right-hand side of the plate.
Temporary License Plates
To obtain a traceable temporary license plate, you must bring in the title, bill of sale, or lease contract from the seller of the vehicle, plus a completed and signed Application to Issue or Replace 45-Day Temporary Plates (Form 45-A) to an SCDMV branch.