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Boating - Title and Register a Watercraft or Outboard Motor in SC
Boating - Documented Vessels
If you choose to document your vessel (instead of titling and registering it in SC), please contact the US Coast Guard: United States Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center
If a vessel is documented with the US Coast Guard it does not have to be titled or registered in SC.
Outboard Motors: If a documented vessel has outboard motors and is primarily housed in SC, the motor(s) must be titled.
Lifeboat: A vessel's lifeboat does not have to be titled or registered if used only for lifesaving purposes
Purchased a previously documented vessel and would like it titled and registered?
- Bill of Sale Completed, signed, and notarized. (page 2 of the Watercraft/Outboard Motor Application)
- Need appropriate documentation from the United States Coast Guard (U.S.C.G.)
Note: A letter of deletion will not be issued if a preferred mortgage is still existing.
- Completed and Signed Application
- Pencil tracing (if traceable), or printed photograph of Hull Identification Number
- Fees for Registration and Title
- Casual Excise Tax
Outboard Motor on your Documented Vessel
If the documented vessel is propelled by outboard motor(s), the outboard motor is required to be titled, if the state of principle use is South Carolina, and it is five (5) horsepower or greater. If you have purchased a watercraft and outboard motor(s) and are planning to document the vessel with the US Coast Guard you must pay the casual excise tax to the Department of Revenue.
Any vessel that is documented by the United States Coast Guard (U.S.C.G.) can be operated on the waters of this state with no additional S.C. registration issued by South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Documented Vessels are exempt from registration in South Carolina.