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How to Register a Vehicle in SC

If you are a new resident of South Carolina or if you have just purchased a new vehicle, you will need to register your vehicle with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Here are the steps on how to register a vehicle in SC:

  1. Gather the required documents. You will need the following documents to register your vehicle:
    • A title (or a duplicate title if you have lost your original title)
    • Proof of insurance
    • A bill of sale (if you purchased the vehicle from a private party)
    • Your valid driver’s license number
    • The payment of a registration fee
  2. Complete the Vehicle Registration Application form (SCDMV Form 400). This form can be found on the SCDMV website or at any SCDMV branch.
  3. Submit the required documents and payment to the SCDMV. You can submit the documents and payment in person at any SCDMV branch, by mail, or online.
  4. Receive your vehicle registration document. Once your registration is processed, you will receive your vehicle registration document in the mail.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind when registering your vehicle in SC:

  • You must register your vehicle in the county where you reside. You can find the contact information for your local SCDMV branch on the SCDMV website.
  • Your vehicle registration is valid for two years. You must renew your registration every two years.
  • If you are registering a vehicle that is not titled in your name, you will need to provide a bill of sale and a signed title power of attorney form.
  • If you are registering a vehicle that is leased, you will need to provide a copy of the lease agreement.

I hope this blog post has been helpful. If you have any further questions about registering a vehicle in SC, please contact the SCDMV.

Here are some additional tips for registering your vehicle in SC:

  • Plan ahead. It can take several weeks to process a vehicle registration application, so it is best to start the process early.
  • Bring all of the required documents with you. This will help to speed up the registration process.
  • Be prepared to pay the registration fee. The registration fee varies depending on the type of vehicle you are registering.
  • Be patient. The registration process can be a bit slow, but it is important to be patient and follow the instructions carefully.