All vessels must be titled. The only exceptions are:
A vessel documented by the U.S. Coast Guard
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 three years. 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 15 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 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 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Call the USCG at
1-800-799-8362 for more information.
Call the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Boat Titling and Registration Office at