Effective January 1, 2012, each owner must provide acceptable identification when you apply for a title and/or vehicle registration. Acceptable identification includes a valid South Carolina credential, a valid/unexpired out-of-state credential, a valid/unexpired passport, valid/unexpired Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or a valid/unexpired permanent residency card. The full legal name indicated on the credential presented must be used to title and/or register your vehicle in South Carolina.
If you are mailing your application, submit a copy of the front of the credential or the cover and first page of their passport.
Every customer must comply with these requirements each time a motor vehicle, trailer or mobile home is newly titled or registered in his/her name.
Vehicle Owners without a SC Credential
If you are titling and/or registering a vehicle and present identification other than a South Carolina credential, you must also verify that the vehicle is operated or principally garaged in South Carolina for six or more months of the year. This requirement does not apply to mobile home titles if the mobile home is in South Carolina. You must complete the Form TI-006 (Statement of Vehicle Operation in South Carolina) stating that one of the following applies:
- The vehicle owner is on active duty military service in South Carolina. The TI-006 must be accompanied by military identification, Leave and Earnings Statement or orders indicating duties in South Carolina.
- The vehicle owner is currently enrolled in school in South Carolina. The TI-006 must be accompanied by school identification or enrollment documents not more than 12 months old. Note that the individual enrolled in school must be listed as an owner or co-owner on the vehicle title that is being titled and/or registered in South Carolina.
- The vehicle is principally garaged in this South Carolina. The TI-006 must be accompanied by one of the following:
- If the vehicle owner is a homeowner or is leasing a residence in the state, provide a copy of the deed, mortgage, a current utility bill in the homeowner’s name or any document required for proof of residency in indicated on Form MV-93 in the homeowner's name.
- If the vehicle owner is employed in South Carolina, provide a statement from the employer verifying employment.
- If the vehicle owner resides with a homeowner or an individual leasing a residence in the state, the Form TI-006A must be completed and signed by the homeowner or lessee the owner resides with.
The vehicle is owned by an individual who is unable to obtain a South Carolina credential because of a medical or physical condition, but the vehicle is principally garaged in South Carolina and will be driven by a driver who is not the owner. The TI-006 must be submitted and the vehicle must be registered with a disabled plate or the owner must have a disabled placard registered in their name. All disabled plate/placard procedures still apply. Click here for more information about obtaining a disabled placard or plate.