When are vehicle taxes due?
  • Personal property taxes on motor vehicles and recreational vehicles must be paid before your license plates can be renewed.
  • Taxes are due throughout the year on a staggered monthly schedule.
  • You have 45 days after moving to South Carolina to register your vehicle.
  • If you purchased your vehicle through a dealership and did not transfer tags, you have 120 days from the purchase date of the vehicle to pay the property taxes.
  • If you live in this state only part of the year and consider another state your home residence, you are still required to register your car in SC if the vehicle will be here for 150 days or more.

For More Information

For more information, contact the nearest office of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV); contact the Kingstree DMV by phone 843-354-9217.

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1. How do you determine what my motor vehicle is worth?
2. What is the assessment ratio on motor vehicles in South Carolina?
3. When are vehicle taxes due?
4. How do I get a high-mileage adjustment?
5. When I bought my car, the dealership told me they would take care of the taxes and tags. Why did you send me a tax bill?
6. I received a tax bill on a motor vehicle that I have sold. What do I need to do?
7. If I want to transfer my license plate to a replacement vehicle, what do I need to do?
8. If I move out of this state, what should I do with my South Carolina license plate?
9. How do I apply for an active-duty military exemption for my vehicle(s)?
10. How do I apply for the senior citizen discount?