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rwidman
04-22-2005, 08:13 AM
I've moved to South Carolina but my boat is still in Maryland and the MD tags expired and have been turned in. South Carolina does not require trailer tags. I was advised by the SC DMV that I will need to register the trailer (and pay personal property tax on it) to get tags so that I can retrieve it from Maryland (passing through MD, VA, and NC) without problems. Has anyone here taken their SC boat trailer out of state without tags and were there any issues with the police or others while doing this?


kayak
04-22-2005, 08:23 AM
I,ve carried mine to Va. many times up I-95 and backroads of NC and never had any problems.You need your lights working though.

rwidman
04-22-2005, 02:27 PM
If the trailer's not registered, is there a title or other proof of ownership?


oldmonitor
04-22-2005, 03:01 PM
I took my boat with a un-tagged trailer into NC and got a ticket . It was 50 bucks but it was still cheaper than having to pay for gas to run it up the ICW to southport. Still dont have a tag on it , never will

tprice
04-23-2005, 08:41 AM
I am going to trailer mine down to Islamorada this summer and never thought about it not having a tag, is this something I need to do??

rwidman
04-23-2005, 09:51 AM
tprice - 4/23/2005 8:41 AM

I am going to trailer mine down to Islamorada this summer and never thought about it not having a tag, is this something I need to do??

That's what the people at the SC DMV recommended.

1. I don't understand why SC doesn't require registration and tags for trailers. It would earn the state money, but more importantly, it would help identify a trailer that has been left on the side of the road or one that's been stolen.

2. I don't understand why or how police in another state can write a ticket for an untagged trailer that's legal in it's home state.

;?

Hop'n Gator
04-24-2005, 07:29 AM
I take my jon boat trailer to N.C. evey year and so far have been ticker free.

HBO
04-24-2005, 07:47 AM
2. I don't understand why or how police in another state can write a ticket for an untagged trailer that's legal in it's home state.

;?

Police can ticket for anything they like but I would bet that you would beat it in court. Would it be worth it? Probably not and the police in that other state are counting on that.

rdsrb5
04-24-2005, 09:26 AM
used to live in Florence, SC, now live in NC. Got pulled trailering my boat to NC. I insisted the Patrolman radio in and confirm that SC did not require plates for trailers. I did have the registration for the motor. He finally radioed in and confirmed my story. He politely apologized and sent me on my way. About an hour later I got pulled again............................same song, but no ticket.

To answer a questions: SC doesn't require you to register the trailer, but you license the motor................WHY, because the motor is usually worth more than the trailer so they do collect more taxes, plus not all boats have trailers, but most do have a motor so they cover more boatowners and ultimately collect lots more tax. At least that my opinion.

rwidman
04-24-2005, 10:44 AM
The regs apply to all trailers under 2,500 lb (empty), not just to boat trailers so the boat motor is not an issue. The boat (and motor) are registered by the DNR, the trailer is registered by the DMV if it's registered at all. And you have to pay personal property tax on it to register it.

rwidman
04-29-2005, 07:19 AM
Update:

Out of state title: $15.00
New registration: $87.00

Total: $102.00

At least it's "permanent tag", it doesn't have to be renewed every year or two and can be transferred to a replacement trailer when necessary.

Slappified
05-03-2005, 06:31 PM
I didn't get tags for my trailer and have never had problems pulling it out of state. I did get a new title for it when I moved to SC just so I can prove that I own it, but I've heard that even that is not necessary. The first year I was in SC I got tags for my trailer and the tax office people thought I was crazy, they gave me a $0.00 bill and $0.00 receipt so that I could go the the DMV and get tags. Neither place bothered to tell me that I didn't need tags. I personally will never get tags and am not worried about being pulled out of state. No sense in spending money I don't have to (to get tags).

rwidman
05-03-2005, 06:51 PM
Slappified - 5/3/2005 6:31 PM

The first year I was in SC I got tags for my trailer and the tax office people thought I was crazy, they gave me a $0.00 bill and $0.00 receipt so that I could go the the DMV and get tags.

One of the people at the tax office understood what I needed and gave me an "exempt" certificate.

Did you get one or two year tags? I thought I would be able to get tags for one year for $20.00 or so but when they rang it up it was $87.00 plus the cost of the title. I wasn't having much luck with the person at the DMV counter (she thought I wanted tags for my boat) so I just paid the money to get out of there with a way to bring my boat down. Several of the employees had to have a conference for me to get what I got. In retrospect, I should have just towed it down the road and risked the ticket.

Reeldanger
05-14-2005, 12:04 PM
South Carolina does not requite boat trailer tags..I lived in SC for 35 years and never had a problem when I brought my Boat into NC.

South Carolina does title outboard motors for purposes of so many people used to steal small boat motors in that state! NC should do the same. If you have a current tag for your boat trailer from the state it is registered in, you should not have a problem trailering it to SC.

rwidman
05-14-2005, 08:43 PM
Reeldanger - 5/14/2005 12:04 PM

South Carolina does not requite boat trailer tags..I lived in SC for 35 years and never had a problem when I brought my Boat into NC.

South Carolina does title outboard motors for purposes of so many people used to steal small boat motors in that state! NC should do the same. If you have a current tag for your boat trailer from the state it is registered in, you should not have a problem trailering it to SC.

My Maryland tags had expired. I didn't want to renew them ($80.00 per year) when I was leaving soon. See the above for the rest of the story.

I went back and got the boats (big and small) and the outboard for the small one this week so I'll go and register them Monday. Three tanks of gas for the truck to tow the boat 560 miles! :mad:

Reeldanger
05-15-2005, 10:47 AM
Hope you enjoy living in SC Ron--all the best to you and yours--Even though I left SC to help out with family matters, I still miss it terribly--NC tries to tax everyone to death--I was born and raised in NC and lived here for the first 19 years of my life! I am sorry to say, NC sucks--take care Ron--

rwidman
05-15-2005, 10:54 AM
Thanks. Lots of taxes here also, but I guess you get what you pay for.

carolina cruiser
05-18-2005, 10:35 PM
Ron,

No need to register your trailer. Go ahead and register your car, boat (and motor if it is an outboard). Update your drivers license to your SC address. Then go get the trailer. If you get stopped simply produce all the evidence that you live in SC and you are exempt from registering the trailer. Insist the officer radio to confirm SC laws of nonregistration. He will let you go.

Welcome to SC!

Richard



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