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Boating - Title and Register a Watercraft or Outboard Motor in SC
South Carolina Law requires the following to have current title and registration:
- All motorized boats and watercraft; except exempted vessels;
- All sailboats are required to be titled
- All outboard motors five (5) horsepower and greater are required to be titled since July 1, 1974.
If you have purchased a boat or motor that has been titled and/or registered in SC you must first go to your county and pay property taxes in your name for the coming year. You must submit a paid property tax receipt in your name or notice from the county that no taxes are due along with your application and other documents. Contact your county tax office with any questions you have about property taxes.
If you have purchased a boat or motor from out of state or from a SCDNR Permitted Marine Dealer, property taxes will be billed by your county after being titled and/or registered with SCDNR.
By law we must have a completed application and other required documents to title and register your boat and/or motor. Select your situation below to help guide you through the application process. Incomplete applications missing any required documents will be returned to you.
Please see Frequently Asked Questions for additional information on boat titling and registration.
Purchased From an SC
Owner with Missing Titles
Purchased Out of State
From a Titling State
Purchased Out of State
From a Nontitling State
Other Titling and
- Any person selling a boat and/or motor must be the titled owner. If they are not listed as the owner on the title, they must complete the application process with SCDNR prior to the sale.
- If you have purchased a boat or motor you may use them for up to 60 days from the date of purchase, even with expired or out of state decals. Make photocopies of your application, titles, bill of sale or manufacturer’s statement of origin. Carry these documents along with the temporary certificate of number located on the bottom right side of the application with you while operating the boat.
Got a question? Contact the SCDNR Boating Section at 803-734-3447.