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Old 06-02-2019, 10:43 PM
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I am in the market for a used boat and living close to the NC border, a lot of good options pop up across the state line. I know that in SC we have to have our boats and motor titled and registered. While in NC it is the boat and trailer.

My question is about the motor. I know the boat should be no issue. But if they have a motor with no registration and no paperwork(which I’m sure most will not have on a 10 year old motor) how do I go about getting it titled and registered here in SC? I need a garaunteed way to do this before I even consider any boat in NC because I have a fear of making a purchase and not being able to register it or use it.

Also I am not terribly far from GA so for the right deal I would travel there as well but do not know their procedures on boats or motors.

Can anyobe give me any insight insight on making sure I do this the correct way or is it better to limit my search to just SC where titling will be no question.

Thank you for any help
Old 06-02-2019, 11:45 PM
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There is a section on the SCDNR website that explains the requirements. A bill of sale for the motors are usually required from states that don’t title motors. The thing to watch out for when buying boats in SC is back taxes. There is also a section on the DNR websites to validate titles. Most counties have website they will show if the taxes on the boat and motor are up to date.
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I bought from fl and very easy process to title motor. Think a bill of sale and maybe a transfer form was all that was needed. I certainly wouldn't limit your search to sc only.
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Make sure the sellers bill of sale has the motor info (make, model, serial #). Find the local SCDNR office in your area and bring the Bill of Sale to them. They will help with DNR paperwork. I live in SC and purchased a NC boat and that is how I completed the SC state required paperwork. You will receive a tax bill for both the boat and motor at the end of the year.
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Also in SC, and done this several times. If a state doesn't title motors, they have a procedure for that. The most straightforward way is the registration from the old state. One big thing to watch out for, try not to buy a separate motor & boat. In SC your sales tax is capped at $500 for a boat and motor, or for a boat. A motor by itself has no cap.
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I went to the James Island DNR office with the title, bill of sale and SNs on the outboards and filled out some paper work. It wasn’t a huge deal.

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