Titling and Registering Your Out-of-State Vehicle

Beginning July 1, 2017, if you move to South Carolina with an out-of-state vehicle registration that needs to be transferred to SC, you will owe a $250 Infrastructure Maintenance Fee (IMF) per vehicle you register in this state. The IMF is in addition to applicable title and registration fees and property taxes. You have 45 days to transfer your vehicle's paperwork.

If you've moved to SC from another state, you'll want to get an SC driver's license and transfer your vehicle's title and registration. Before you transfer your title and registration, you must pay any property taxes with your county treasurer.

You cannot receive your new title in the mail until your out-of-state title is cleared through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVITS). You are able to receive your new registration before this check is complete.

If you're interested in transferring your out-of-state title and/or registration, you must have all of the following:

  • Completed Application for Certificate of Title/Registration (SCDMV Form 400)
  • Out-of-state vehicle title and/or registration
    If there is a lien on your vehicle, you must bring the name and address of the company that holds the lien. You will need your most recent registration.
  • Acceptable identification
    Includes your valid SC beginner's permit, driver's license, or identification card, your out-of-state beginner's permit, license, or ID, a passport with visa, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or a permanent residency card.
  • Liability insurance information
    You must provide the name of the company, not the name of your insurance agent. If your insurance policy cannot be verified, your license and vehicle registration may be suspended. Before you title your out-of-state vehicle in this state, you must change your address with your insurance company.
  • Original paid vehicle property tax receipt from your county
  • $250 Infrastructure Maintenance Fee
  • Title and registration payment

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Titling and Registering Your Vehicle Without an SC License 

If you do not have a valid South Carolina beginner's permit, driver's license, or identification card, you must complete the Statement of Vehicle Operation (SCDMV Form TI-006) that says at least one of the following applies:

  • You're an active duty military member in SC.
  • You're enrolled in an SC school.
  • Your vehicle is kept in this state at least six months a year.

You must complete the steps below for every vehicle you register in this state.

Can I drive my vehicle while I'm in school in SC? 

If you do not have a valid South Carolina beginner's permit, driver's license, or identification card, but you're enrolled in school in this state and own your vehicle (the vehicle is titled in your name), you must complete the Statement of Vehicle Operation (SCDMV Form TI-006).

When driving, you must keep your registration and proof of insurance in your vehicle.

Vehicles Kept in SC During the Year 
You should follow these steps if you own a vacation home in South Carolina, for example, and you have a car that stays at that home for at least six months of the year.

If you own a vehicle that is primarily kept in South Carolina for at least six months of the year, complete the Statement of Vehicle Operation (SCDMV Form TI-006) and present at least one of the following at an SCDMV branch:

These requirements do not apply to mobile homes if the home address is an SC address.

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Not Able to Get an SC License

If you own a vehicle and cannot get a South Carolina beginner's permit, driver's license, or identification card because of a medical or physical condition, but your vehicle is stored in this state and will be driven by someone who does not own it, the driver must complete the Statement of Vehicle Operation (SCDMV Form TI-006) and provide the SC address where the vehicle will be kept.

The vehicle must have a license plate for a person with a disability or the vehicle's owner must have a permanent parking placard for a person with a disability registered in his or her name.

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Vehicles With a Lien
You have a lien on your vehicle if you're making payments on it.

If you have a loan on your automobile, you need all of the following:

If your registration is expired, you will need to send information to the lienholder and have the lienholder mail it to the SCDMV with a title.

Vehicles Without a Lien 
You do not have a lien on your vehicle if you are not making payments on it.

If you do not have a loan on your vehicle, you need all of the following:

Registering Your Vehicle Without a Title 

The SCDMV will register your out-of-state vehicle without a title depending on the vehicle's year and the year the other state started titling vehicles. In this case, you will need the Bill of Sale.

You may pick up your Bill of Sale at an SCDMV branch or it may be mailed to you. It must be an original.

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