South Carolina Vehicle Titles
Instructions for Signing a Vehicle Title in South Carolina
When selling a vehicle privately in South Carolina, it is important to correctly sign the vehicle title to transfer ownership. Additionally, a Bill of Sale is not required in South Carolina, but it is highly recommended for both the buyer and the seller to have a written record of the transaction.
Follow these steps to properly sign a vehicle title:
1. Seller Section:
– Print your name as it appears on the title.
– Enter the date of sale in the “Date” field.
– Fill in the vehicle’s mileage accurately.
– Sign your name where it says “Seller’s Signature.”
– Include your driver’s license number or ID card number in the space provided.
2. Buyer Section:
– Print the buyer’s name clearly in the “Buyer’s Name” field.
– The buyer must also sign their name on the designated line labeled “Buyer’s Signature.”
3. Odometer Disclosure Statement:
– Both the buyer and the seller must complete and sign the Odometer Disclosure Statement on the back of the title.
– Provide the actual mileage at the time of sale, unless the vehicle is 10 years old or older, and mark the appropriate box verifying the accuracy.
4. Notary Public:
– All signatures on the title and Odometer Disclosure Statement must be notarized.
– The buyer and the seller must sign the title in the presence of a notary public.
– Present a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license or ID card, to the notary.
5. Additional Documentation:
– While not required, it is highly recommended to complete a Bill of Sale that includes the vehicle’s details (make, model, year, VIN), sale price, and the signatures of both the buyer and seller.
– Having a Bill of Sale provides additional legal protection for both parties and serves as a written record of the transaction.
Remember, after signing the vehicle title, the buyer must take the title to a local South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to complete the ownership transfer. It is the buyer’s responsibility to register the vehicle in their name and pay any applicable taxes and fees.
For more information or specific inquiries regarding vehicle title transfers in South Carolina, you can visit the South Carolina DMV website at www.scdmvonline.com or contact your local DMV office.