South Carolina License Plate Information Summary
You will get your South Carolina license plates when you initially register your vehicle. You have the option to transfer your old plates to a new car when you purchase it.
You will get month and date stickers to apply to your vehicle to demonstrate that it is up to date.
South Carolina License Plates Offered
South Carolina offers standard, disability, vanity, and plates that support various causes. Contact your local DMV to find out what you're eligible for.
You'll also get two stickers – one for the month, and one for the year that your registration expires.
Temporary tags are available while you are waiting to get your official South Carolina license plates. When you have them, you have to also have with you a bill of sale, the vehicle title, and a purchase receipt, in the car at all times.
Your dealership will assign you temporary tags. They will be good for 45 days. You can also go to the DMV and pay $5 for temporary tags, if for example you bought your car from a private seller. However, since you'll be at the DMV anyway, you should probably just register your vehicle and get your plates.
When You Need To Get South Carolina License Plates
You need to get your South Carolina license plates within 45 days of moving to the state or purchasing a vehicle.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
Your license plates are good for two years. Then you have to reregister them online, in person, or at the DMV. When you do so, you will get new stickers.
If Your South Carolina License Plates Are Stolen
You do not need to file a police report if your South Carolina license plates are stolen or damaged.
Instead, go to the DMV website. You will enter your registration information and then pay for your new plates with a major credit card.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You must surrender your plates if you move out of the state or cancel your auto insurance. You can do so in person or through the mail.
You can always transfer your plates from an older vehicle to a newer vehicle. It will cost you $10 to do so.
If you surrender your plates and still have time on you registration, you can get a refund on the unused time.
South Carolina License Plate Costs
South Carolina license plates for a passenger car, truck or RV are $40.
For motorcycles they are $10.