Starting Monday, April 6, 2020, you will need to have an appointment to complete transactions at SCDMV branch offices.Appointment scheduler
You may hear the International Registration Plan referred to as IRP.
Apportioned License Plate
You will need all of the following when submitting payment for your apportioned license plate:
You will owe a penalty if any of the following happen:
|First 14 days||$10|
|15 to 30 days||$25|
|31 to 90 days||$50|
|More than 90 days||$75|
Temporary Evidence of Apportioned Registration
The SCDMV will issue letters authorizing temporary vehicle registration, pending issuance of IRP credentials. These Temporary Evidence of Apportioned Registrations (TEAR) may be obtained from the department upon receipt of a completed application for title and registration of a newly purchased vehicle being transferred from another state. TEAR will not be issued on vehicles renewed under IRP. This TEAR can only be obtained by contacting MCS and is valid for 45 days or until the expiration of the license year. An original TEAR must be carried in each vehicle listed on the TEAR. When requesting a TEAR, you must submit all of the following documents and fees:
Receipt of TEAR obligates the registrant for payment of IRP billing for the vehicles(s) listed on that schedule. Billing notices should be received within ten days to two weeks. Should you fail to receive a bill within this time period, please contact MCS at 803-896-3870. There can be no modification in the expiration date of these authorities.
TEAR is valid for 45 days or less depending upon expiration date of account.
Insurance Requirements for Apportioned Vehicles
Each South Carolina-based registrant must maintain liability insurance coverage on all vehicles bearing an SC apportioned license plate. The insurance certification on the front side of the Original Application for Apportioned Registration (SCDMV Form Schedule A/E) or Supplemental Application for Apportioned Registration (SCDMV Form Schedule C) must be completed with the insurance company name, policy number, policy dates, and the agency/agent’s name. If the vehicle becomes uninsured for any reason, the license plate and cab card must be surrendered to Motor Carrier Services within five days. Otherwise you will be subject to a reinstatement fee and fine of $400 or more.