Which Boats Require Registration?
Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In South Carolina, you must have a South Carolina Certificate of Number (registration) and validation decals to operate your vessel legally on South Carolina waters. The only exceptions are:
- Non-motorized vessels
- Vessels documented with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
- Vessels with valid registration in another state or country, temporarily on the waters of South Carolina