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Boating - Title and Register a Watercraft or Outboard Motor in SC

Boats purchased from an Estate or by Inheritance

If you have purchased a boat/motor from an estate or if you have inherited a boat/motor you will need to follow the same procedure for your particular situation. For example, did the boat come from SC, do you have titles or not, did the boat come from out of state, was it a titling or nontitling state? You will need to provide all documentation required to title and register the boat/motor, we will just need some additional documentation about the estate.

Probate: If the will has been probated and an executor has been appointed, the executor may sign on behalf of the deceased. The executor can complete the application process and have the boat/motor titled and registered in their name or they can sign the titles or notarized bill of sale on behalf of the deceased owner and assign the boat/motor to a new owner.

In addition to submitting a Watercraft/Outboard Motor Application and all required documents, you must also send an original letter from Probate Court with a raised seal. This letter gives the executor the authority to sign for the deceased.

No Will: If there is no will or personal representative, you will need to contact Probate Court in the deceased's county of residence. SCDNR must have a document from Probate Court stating who is entitled to ownership of the watercraft and/or motor. The letter from Probate Court is to be submitted along with the completed application and all other documents required to title and register the boat and/or motor