The process of registering your motorcycle in South Carolina is similar to that of a passenger car. You will only need to pay $10 motorcycle registration fee plus the applicable taxes.

If you have purchased a new motorcycle from the dealer, you will need to visit the DMV office to apply for motorcycle registration. Make sure that you take the following documentation and fees with you:

  • The original title or Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin
  • Lien information, if applicable. If you purchased your motorcycle through a loan, the DMV will need to know the name and address of the lien holder and the date the loan was taken.
  • Completed Application (Form 400).
  • Odometer reading included on the back of the title or on a separate document.
  • Receipt for paid property tax. You must pay the South Carolina sales tax before you can register your motorcycle.
  • Casual Sales Tax. You must also pay casual sales tax which is 5% of the sale price. The maximum casual sales tax is $300.

You can also send the above documents and fees to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) through mail to:

SC Department of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016

Registration Renewal

The state requires you to renew your motorcycle registration every two years. Renewal must be done in the month of your first registration. You must pay registration renewal fee of $10.