South Carolina

How to Apply for Car Registration in South Carolina

Applying for South Carolina vehicle registration credentials is one of the first steps you must take after purchasing a new or used automobile. You must complete the registration application process within 45 days from the original date of purchase.

In most cases, you can begin your application online, or you may apply in person or by mail. However, the specific DMV registration process you must follow will vary depending on how and where you acquire the motor vehicle.

Note: If your car is already registered but you have lost your registration materials, you may be able to simply apply for a vehicle registration replacement instead.

If you purchase a vehicle from a private seller, you must register the car yourself through  the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV). If you purchase the vehicle from a dealership, however, you may not need to worry about completing the registration process yourself.

To learn more about DMV car registration and how to apply, review the information below.

How to Get Vehicle Registration Records in South Carolina

To obtain new car registration credentials after you buy a vehicle from a private seller, you must submit your application materials directly to the SCDMV. Typically, you can register and title your vehicle in person or by mail. You may also be able to begin your registration and titling application online.

If you purchased a vehicle from a South Carolina dealership, however, the dealer will typically complete the title and SC auto registration process on your behalf.

Get free step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a registration in South Carolina by downloading our helpful vehicle registration guide.

How to Apply Online

To get a new vehicle registration after purchasing an automobile from a private seller, you may be able to begin your application online.