Vehicle Registration and Auto Tag Information

Vehicle registration must take place within 45 days after you move to Myrtle Beach if you are bringing a motor vehicle into the state. This is really pretty generous considering many states only allow 30 days before you risk getting a ticket or fined.

There are several things you must do before trotting down to the DMV to get your auto tag. First you need to show you are a permanent resident by either renting or buying property in the area. Once you have a permanent address, you can get your South Carolina drivers license and register your car.

Vehicle Registration How To

You will need to complete Form 400, Application for Certificate of Title/Registration, which you can download from the SCDMV website.  Fill in the form and then take it with you to the DMV.

You will also need to show proof of insurance for South Carolina. If your insurance company can operate in the state, be sure to change your address with them before applying for South Carolina registration. Otherwise, you’ll need to obtain auto insurance from a company that is registered in South Carolina. There is no car inspection necessary as South Carolina does not require any smog or emission inspections on vehicles.

All cars, RVs, motorcycles, and trailers must be registered with the South Carolina DMV.

When you go to the DMV office, be sure and have with you the vehicle title and registration from the state you have moved from, the completed Form 400, and your receipt from the Horry County tax collector that you have paid the personal property tax on your vehicle.

Fees vary for the type of vehicle you have, you age, and so on. It’s best to check with the SCDMV here for fees that they charge.

SC DMV Locations

There are four South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle offices in Horry County. All of them issue both drivers licenses and auto tags. If you need to call ahead, each DMV phone number is listed below for that office. You can check the state website to make sure you have all the necessary forms and documents before you go to the office so you don’t have to make a second trip.

Myrtle Beach

1200 21st Avenue North

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Phone: 843-448-9957


Conway

4103 Highway 701 North

Conway, SC 29526

Phone: 843-365-4781

Myrtle Beach Near Market Common

1330 Howard Parkway

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Phone: 843-839-8003


North Myrtle Beach/Little River

107 Highway 57 North

Little River, SC 29566

Phone: 843-399-5567

SC DMV Hours

All Horry County DMV offices are open weekdays Monday through Friday and are closed Saturday and Sunday. You do not need a reservation, but you can get an idea of how long you will wait by going to the SC DMV website.

DMV Hours:

Monday - Tuesday and Thursday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Here are some useful links to help you get everything sorted.

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