SCDNR Boats & Motors
The South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources (SCDNR) notifies the county on a monthly basis which boats and motors are due for taxation. The county then creates tax notices which include the registration renewal fee of $10.00. Once taxes and the renewal fee are both paid, the county notifies DNR to renew and send updated registration.
Purchasing boats and motors:
If you have purchased a boat or motor that has ever been titled and/or registered in South Carolina:
- Bring the title or notarized bill of sale for the boat and/or motor(s) to the Georgetown County Auditor’s office. Pay your property taxes in your name.
- If the assessed value of the boat is determined to be less than 50, an exempt letter may be provided by the Auditor.
- If you would like our office to generate a tax notice for you, please send copy of the front and back of the title(s) or notarized bill of sale to: email@example.com.
Tax notices will be generated from the purchase date of the property.
If you have purchased a boat or motor out-of-state or from a boat dealer, contact SCDNR to register the boat and/or motor(s) with them. Once registered, SCDNR will notify the Georgetown County Auditor’s office to tax the property. Below is a link to the SCDNR Boating page for more information.
Selling a boat or motor
You must notify SCDNR that you have sold a boat and motor by filling out a BM400, which can be found on their website. Failure to do so will result in taxes to continue to be generated.
If you sell a boat or motor that taxes have been paid on for the current year, you may qualify for a prorated refund of those taxes. Please provide the Auditor’s office with a copy of the title or bill of sale, and a copy of the completed BM400 that was sent to DNR. Request for a refund must be made to the Auditor’s office, and proper documentation must be provided.