Updated on February 8th, 2021
A South Carolina boat bill of sale is a document that records the private sale of a vessel. Both the buyer and the seller must sign the document and provide their personal information. It is recommended that both signatures be notarized. The completed form will include the amount paid, the transaction date, a description of the boat, and the boat’s hull identification number (HIN). ’The buyer will use the purchase price displayed on the completed bill of sale to calculate the excise tax. They’ll also need the form in order to prove ownership when registering the vessel with the Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).
South Carolina Boat Registration/Titling
After buying a second-hand boat in South Carolina, the new owner will need to register and title the vessel in their name with the state Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) before it can be operated in public waterways. Titling and registration can be attained by completing the steps below.
- Obtain the boat’s original Certificate of Title from the seller, who must complete the assignment portion of the document.
- Pay excise tax due on the vessel purchase at the county auditor’s office or a taxpayer service center and obtain proof of payment. The bill of sale or boat title must be presented as proof of ownership.
- Complete the Watercraft/Outboard Motor Application, which must be signed by the buyer and the seller. The seller’s signature must be notarized.
- Make out a check or money order to fulfill the payment of registration and titling fees payable to the address below.
- Mail the following documents and payment to the address below:
- Certificate of Title
- Tax receipt for payment of excise tax
- Watercraft/Outboard Motor Application
- Fee payment
Attn. Titling & Registration
P.O. Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202