How do I register my car in South Carolina?

I’m moving to South Carolina. What do I need to do to make sure my car is registered and ready for the road when I’m all unpacked?

Answer
We wish you a happy and safe move! Moving your car registration and insurance to South Carolina requires a few steps, but we’ll walk you through them.
First, you’ll need to:
  • Get a South Carolina driver’s license
  • Update your insurance to reflect your new address (and make sure your provider issues policies in SC)
  • Contact your county auditor with your car’s VIN and your previous registration to redo your title
  • Pay SC property taxes with your county treasurer (get a receipt and don’t lose it)
Now you can go to the South Carolina DMV. Here’s what you need to take with you:
  • The original property tax receipt you got from your county treasurer
  • Your previous (out-of-state) title and registration
  • Proof of identity (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Proof of insurance (at least the state minimum coverage)
  • Power of attorney statement (if you have a lien)
Be prepared to pay an infrastructure maintenance fee and title and registration fee, too.
There are a lot of steps to getting set up in South Carolina, but you can make transferring your insurance over easier by downloading the Jerry app. After a quick 45-second sign-up, you’ll be able to switch providers or keep track of your insurance with ease.
Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 10, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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