Other Facts About Titling and Registering Your Boat
Here are some additional facts about titling and registering your vessel.
- All vessels must be titled. The only exceptions are:
- Vessels documented by the USCG
- Rowboats, paddleboats, and sailboards
- You must obtain a separate title for all outboard motors of five horsepower or greater. Battery-operated trolling motors are an exception.
- A Certificate of Number is valid for one year. Failure to renew within 30 days of the expiration date will result in a penalty.
- If you change your address, you must call or write the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) within 30 days.
- If you abandon or destroy your vessel or motor, you must report it to the SCDNR within 10 days and surrender your Certificate of Number and title.
- If you lose or destroy your Certificate of Number, title, or decal, you must apply to the SCDNR for a duplicate and submit a processing fee.
- Vessels that are currently registered in another state may operate on South Carolina waters for 60 days before South Carolina registration and numbering are required.
- Larger recreational vessels owned by U.S. citizens may (at the option of the owner) be documented by the USCG. Call the USCG at 1-800-799-8362 for more information.
- Registration and title application forms can be obtained from:
- SCDNR, Boat Titling and Registration Office
- Many marine dealers
- Most Department of Natural Resources offices