Form SCDNR BTR-1 "Watercraft/Outboard Motor Application" - South Carolina

​A Watercraft/Outboard Motor Application is an official form completed during the sale of any a watercraft or an outboard motor.

The document includes both the application and the Bill of Sale. It requires detailed information about the sold motor or boat, the seller, the buyer, and the deal. Both the seller and the buyer must keep a copy of this document. The original is submitted to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).

The form was issued by the SCDNR. The last revision of the document was made in April 2019. Download the official printable South Carolina Boat Bill of Sale through the link below.

Does a Boat Bill of Sale Have to Be Notarized in South Carolina?

Yes, South Carolina does require a notary public's certification when conducting boat sales. This can save potential trouble which might occur should the seller or buyer contest the transaction at a later date.

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What Documents Do I Have to Attach to a Watercraft/Outboard Motor Application?

In order to register a newly purchased boat with the SCDNR, you must submit the following:

  • Properly completed and signed SCDNR Watercraft/Outboard Motor Application with the included Bill of Sale properly completed and notarized;
  • Completed and signed original boat title;
  • Applicable fees.

If you purchased your boat or boats from the owner with missing title, each missing title will require a separate duplicate title fee.


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Download Form SCDNR BTR-1 "Watercraft/Outboard Motor Application" - South Carolina

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WATERCRAFT/OUTBOARD MOTOR APPLICATION
20-xxxxxx
MAKE CHECK OR MONEY ORDER PAYABLE & Mail to:
Not For Sale
SCDNR, Attn: T&R P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202.
(Bill of Sale & Family
(803) 734-3857
Tax Exemption on Back)
Watercraft/Motor Purchased From SC
(circle appropriate fees)
New Watercraft/Motor, Purchased Out of State or Moving to SC
For office use only
(circle appropriate fees)
$20.00
SC Watercraft Title & Registration
$20.00
New SC Watercraft Title and Registration
Watercraft Title Only (unpowered or sailboat only)
$10.00
New Watercraft Title Only (unpowered or sailboat
$10.00
only)
$10.00
SC Outboard Motor Title
$10.00
New Outboard Motor Title
$5.00
Duplicate or Corrected Watercraft Title*
$15.00
Late Fee (Due 31-60 days after purchase)
$5.00
Duplicate or Corrected Outboard Motor Title*
$30.00
Late Fee (Due 61 days after purchase)
$________
$5.00
Casual Excise Tax
Duplicate Watercraft Registration Card
To Calculate Casual Excise Tax
Duplicate __ Watercraft Decal __ Motor Decal
$5.00
Watercraft or Watercraft/Outboard Motor
$15.00
Late Fee (Due 31-60 days after purchase)
Sales Price__________ X 5% = $__________ (Max $500)
$30.00
Late Fee (Due 61 days after purchase)
Outboard Motor Only
$________
Casual Excise Tax
Sales Price__________ X 6% = $__________ (No Max)
* Required if original titles are not included
Out-of-state address - Complete section G for
ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE LISTED ON THE TITLE, MSO AND/OR BILL OF SALE.
notification of County Tax Office.
A
LAST
FIRST
M.I.
DATE OF BIRTH
APPLICANT'S LEGAL
Check if more than
or BUSINESS NAME
one owner
M
D
YR.
(PRINT)
AND
FIRST
M.I.
DATE OF BIRTH
LAST
CO-APPL. LEGAL
OR
M
D
YR.
STREET ADDRESS
CELL PHONE #
HOME PHONE #
PHYSICAL
(
)
(
)
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE
ZIP
WORK PHONE #
COUNTY
(
)
MAILING
STREET OR POST OFFICE BOX
CITY
STATE
ZIP
ADDRESS
B
WATERCRAFT AND/OR OUTBOARD MOTOR PURCHASED FROM
WATERCRAFT PURCHASED FROM
DATE PURCHASED
MOTOR PURCHASED FROM (if different)
DATE PURCHASED
ADDRESS
ADDRESS
CITY, STATE, ZIP
TELEPHONE #
CITY, STATE, ZIP
TELEPHONE #
(
)
(
)
C
COMPLETE THIS SECTION TO REGISTER/TITLE WATERCRAFT
SC REGISTRATION NUMBER
BOAT TITLE NUMBER
EXP. DATE
YEAR
MODEL
MAKE OF BOAT
WA
SC-
HULL ID NUMBER (ONE LETTER/NUMBER PER SPACE)
CHECK ONE:
HOMEMADE
REBUILT
FACTORY BUILT
LENGTH
OUT OF STATE REGISTRATION NUMBER, IF ANY
FT.
IN.
VESSEL
PROPULSION
ENGINE
HULL
PRIMARY
FUEL (  )
TYPE (  )
TYPE (  )
DRIVE (  )
MATERIAL (  )
OPERATION (  )
( ) OPEN MOTORBOAT
( ) AIR THRUST
( ) OUTBOARD
( ) WOOD
( ) GASOLINE
( ) COMMERCIAL PASSENGER
( ) CABIN MOTORBOAT
( ) MANUAL
( ) INBOARD
( ) STEEL
( ) DIESEL
( ) COMMERCIAL FISHING
( ) HOUSEBOAT
( ) PROPELLER
( ) POD DRIVE
( ) ALUMINUM
( ) ELECTRIC
( ) PLEASURE
( ) AUXILIARY SAIL
( ) SAIL
( ) STERN DRIVE
( ) FIBERGLASS
( ) OTHER _________
( ) RENT OR LEASE
( ) SAIL ONLY
( ) WATER JET
( ) OTHER _________
( ) PLASTIC
( ) DEALER/MFG DEMO
( ) PONTOON
( ) OTHER
( ) INFLATABLE
( ) CHARTER FISHING
( ) PERSONAL WATERCRAFT
( ) RUBBER/VINYL/CANVAS
( ) OTHER COMMERCIAL
( ) AIR BOAT
( ) OTHER __________________
OPERATION ________________
( ) OTHER ________________
*MUST ANSWER
( ) INFLATABLE BOAT
IS THIS WATERCRAFT EQUIPPED
( ) PADDLECRAFT
WITH A MARINE TOILET?
( ) ROWBOAT
( ) YES ( )NO
D
COMPLETE THIS SECTION TO TITLE OUTBOARD MOTOR - 1 MOTOR PER FORM
(YEAR OF MFG OR MODEL YR)
MOTOR TITLE NUMBER
SERIAL NUMBER
MAKE
( ) YEAR
HORSEPOWER
MODEL
( ) Yr. of Mfg.
MA
( ) Model Yr.
E
COMPLETE THIS SECTION IF WATERCRAFT AND/OR OUTBOARD MOTOR IS SUBJECT TO LIENS
Check if there is a second lien & attach second lien information on separate page
FIRST LIEN
DATE
AMOUNT
ADDRESS
CITY, STATE, ZIP
TELEPHONE #
(
)
F
I certify that the information contained on this application and all attached documents
SC DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
are true and correct and that no other liens or encumbrances except those noted exist.
TEMPORARY WATERCRAFT CERTIFICATE OF NUMBER
I agree to have an examination of the above by the South Carolina Department of
OWNER'S NAME
CHECK ONE
Natural Resources.(False statements within applications and bills of sale are punishable
( ) New Registration
pursuant to Section 50-23-270.) State ID and State of Issue is mandatory, per SC Code of
( ) Valid Transfer--Current Decal
Laws,1976, Section 50-23-60 (a) (1). See our Privacy Statement on back.
OWNER'S SIGNATURE
( ) Valid Transfer--Expired Decal
APPLICANT'S SIGNATURE
DATE
DRIVER'S LICENSE NO.
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE
ZIP
STATE OF ISSUE
CO-OWNER'S SIGNATURE
DATE
DRIVER'S LICENSE NO.
HULL IDENTIFICATION NO.
MAKE
LENGTH
STATE OF USE
STATE OF ISSUE
DEALER'S SIGNATURE
(if applicable)
PROPULSION TYPE
DATE OF ISSUE
20-xxxxxx
PERMIT NO.
Page 1
APPLICATION
WWW.DNR.SC.GOV
SCDNR BTR-1 (REV. 11/19)
19-12395 FM-015
KEEP A COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS
WATERCRAFT/OUTBOARD MOTOR APPLICATION
20-xxxxxx
MAKE CHECK OR MONEY ORDER PAYABLE & Mail to:
Not For Sale
SCDNR, Attn: T&R P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202.
(Bill of Sale & Family
(803) 734-3857
Tax Exemption on Back)
Watercraft/Motor Purchased From SC
(circle appropriate fees)
New Watercraft/Motor, Purchased Out of State or Moving to SC
For office use only
(circle appropriate fees)
$20.00
SC Watercraft Title & Registration
$20.00
New SC Watercraft Title and Registration
Watercraft Title Only (unpowered or sailboat only)
$10.00
New Watercraft Title Only (unpowered or sailboat
$10.00
only)
$10.00
SC Outboard Motor Title
$10.00
New Outboard Motor Title
$5.00
Duplicate or Corrected Watercraft Title*
$15.00
Late Fee (Due 31-60 days after purchase)
$5.00
Duplicate or Corrected Outboard Motor Title*
$30.00
Late Fee (Due 61 days after purchase)
$________
$5.00
Casual Excise Tax
Duplicate Watercraft Registration Card
To Calculate Casual Excise Tax
Duplicate __ Watercraft Decal __ Motor Decal
$5.00
Watercraft or Watercraft/Outboard Motor
$15.00
Late Fee (Due 31-60 days after purchase)
Sales Price__________ X 5% = $__________ (Max $500)
$30.00
Late Fee (Due 61 days after purchase)
Outboard Motor Only
$________
Casual Excise Tax
Sales Price__________ X 6% = $__________ (No Max)
* Required if original titles are not included
Out-of-state address - Complete section G for
ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE LISTED ON THE TITLE, MSO AND/OR BILL OF SALE.
notification of County Tax Office.
A
LAST
FIRST
M.I.
DATE OF BIRTH
APPLICANT'S LEGAL
Check if more than
or BUSINESS NAME
one owner
M
D
YR.
(PRINT)
AND
FIRST
M.I.
DATE OF BIRTH
LAST
CO-APPL. LEGAL
OR
M
D
YR.
STREET ADDRESS
CELL PHONE #
HOME PHONE #
PHYSICAL
(
)
(
)
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE
ZIP
WORK PHONE #
COUNTY
(
)
MAILING
STREET OR POST OFFICE BOX
CITY
STATE
ZIP
ADDRESS
B
WATERCRAFT AND/OR OUTBOARD MOTOR PURCHASED FROM
WATERCRAFT PURCHASED FROM
DATE PURCHASED
MOTOR PURCHASED FROM (if different)
DATE PURCHASED
ADDRESS
ADDRESS
CITY, STATE, ZIP
TELEPHONE #
CITY, STATE, ZIP
TELEPHONE #
(
)
(
)
C
COMPLETE THIS SECTION TO REGISTER/TITLE WATERCRAFT
SC REGISTRATION NUMBER
BOAT TITLE NUMBER
EXP. DATE
YEAR
MODEL
MAKE OF BOAT
WA
SC-
HULL ID NUMBER (ONE LETTER/NUMBER PER SPACE)
CHECK ONE:
HOMEMADE
REBUILT
FACTORY BUILT
LENGTH
OUT OF STATE REGISTRATION NUMBER, IF ANY
FT.
IN.
VESSEL
PROPULSION
ENGINE
HULL
PRIMARY
FUEL (  )
TYPE (  )
TYPE (  )
DRIVE (  )
MATERIAL (  )
OPERATION (  )
( ) OPEN MOTORBOAT
( ) AIR THRUST
( ) OUTBOARD
( ) WOOD
( ) GASOLINE
( ) COMMERCIAL PASSENGER
( ) CABIN MOTORBOAT
( ) MANUAL
( ) INBOARD
( ) STEEL
( ) DIESEL
( ) COMMERCIAL FISHING
( ) HOUSEBOAT
( ) PROPELLER
( ) POD DRIVE
( ) ALUMINUM
( ) ELECTRIC
( ) PLEASURE
( ) AUXILIARY SAIL
( ) SAIL
( ) STERN DRIVE
( ) FIBERGLASS
( ) OTHER _________
( ) RENT OR LEASE
( ) SAIL ONLY
( ) WATER JET
( ) OTHER _________
( ) PLASTIC
( ) DEALER/MFG DEMO
( ) PONTOON
( ) OTHER
( ) INFLATABLE
( ) CHARTER FISHING
( ) PERSONAL WATERCRAFT
( ) RUBBER/VINYL/CANVAS
( ) OTHER COMMERCIAL
( ) AIR BOAT
( ) OTHER __________________
OPERATION ________________
( ) OTHER ________________
*MUST ANSWER
( ) INFLATABLE BOAT
IS THIS WATERCRAFT EQUIPPED
( ) PADDLECRAFT
WITH A MARINE TOILET?
( ) ROWBOAT
( ) YES ( )NO
D
COMPLETE THIS SECTION TO TITLE OUTBOARD MOTOR - 1 MOTOR PER FORM
(YEAR OF MFG OR MODEL YR)
MOTOR TITLE NUMBER
SERIAL NUMBER
MAKE
( ) YEAR
HORSEPOWER
MODEL
( ) Yr. of Mfg.
MA
( ) Model Yr.
E
COMPLETE THIS SECTION IF WATERCRAFT AND/OR OUTBOARD MOTOR IS SUBJECT TO LIENS
Check if there is a second lien & attach second lien information on separate page
FIRST LIEN
DATE
AMOUNT
ADDRESS
CITY, STATE, ZIP
TELEPHONE #
(
)
F
I certify that the information contained on this application and all attached documents
SC DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
are true and correct and that no other liens or encumbrances except those noted exist.
TEMPORARY WATERCRAFT CERTIFICATE OF NUMBER
I agree to have an examination of the above by the South Carolina Department of
OWNER'S NAME
CHECK ONE
Natural Resources.(False statements within applications and bills of sale are punishable
( ) New Registration
pursuant to Section 50-23-270.) State ID and State of Issue is mandatory, per SC Code of
( ) Valid Transfer--Current Decal
Laws,1976, Section 50-23-60 (a) (1). See our Privacy Statement on back.
OWNER'S SIGNATURE
( ) Valid Transfer--Expired Decal
APPLICANT'S SIGNATURE
DATE
DRIVER'S LICENSE NO.
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE
ZIP
STATE OF ISSUE
CO-OWNER'S SIGNATURE
DATE
DRIVER'S LICENSE NO.
HULL IDENTIFICATION NO.
MAKE
LENGTH
STATE OF USE
STATE OF ISSUE
DEALER'S SIGNATURE
(if applicable)
PROPULSION TYPE
DATE OF ISSUE
20-xxxxxx
PERMIT NO.
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APPLICATION
WWW.DNR.SC.GOV
SCDNR BTR-1 (REV. 11/19)
19-12395 FM-015
KEEP A COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS
KEEP A COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS
G
NONRESIDENTS ONLY - SC LOCATION OF PRIMARY USE
(
WHERE THE WATERCRAFT/MOTOR IS HOUSED OR PRIMARILY USED IN SOUTH CAROLINA)
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE
ZIP
SC COUNTY
SC
H
CERTIFIED AND TRUE BILL OF SALE FOR WATERCRAFT AND OUTBOARD MOTORS
(ERASURES OR ALTERATIONS VOID THIS BILL OF SALE)
DESCRIPTION OF WATERCRAFT: Registration Number: SC__________________________________ Title Number: WA___________________________________
Hull I.D. Number: ______________________________________ Make: ___________________Year: _____________Length: _________________ Const: _____________
DESCRIPTION OF OUTBOARD MOTOR: Title Number: MA __________________________________ Serial Number: _____________________________________
Model: _______________________________ Make: _________________________________ Year: ______________________ H.P.: ________________________
(Check if this applies to you) I did not register/title watercraft because I used it without propulsion.
I ______________________________________ of __________________________________________ hereby sell on ___________________ ____________ ________
Seller(s)
Address of Seller
Month
Day
Year
to ______________________________________ of _________________________________________________________ the above Watercraft and Outboard Motor.
Name of Purchaser (s)
Address of Purchaser(s)
I certify this property is free of any liens or adverse claims and all personal property taxes have been paid to date. I understand that all current year personal property
taxes are the responsibility of the seller(s), unless an otherwise enforceable agreement has been reached between the seller and buyer. Failure to notify SCDNR of sale/
transaction can result in continued personal property tax assessments to owner of record. All purchasers must be listed on the Bill of Sale.
X _________________________________________________________
X ___________________________________________________________
Signature of Seller
Signature of Co-Owner
X ___________________________________________________________
Signature of Co-Owner
Sworn before me this ________________ day of _______________________________, ___________________
Month
Year
X ______________________________________
__________________________________________
My commission expires___________________________
Notary Signature
Print Notary’s Name
Date (MM/YYYY)
SELLER MUST NOTIFY
Boat
Outboard Motor
Total
SC DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Purchase Price
$
+
$
= $
WATERCRAFT DIVISION
Less Trade In
$
+
$
= $
P.O. BOX 167
COLUMBIA, S.C. 29202-0167
Balance Subject
$
+
$
= $
(803) 734-3857 - office or (803) 734-4138 - fax
to Casual Tax
IN WRITING WITHIN 30 DAYS OF ANY CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP
OF WATERCRAFT AND OUTBOARD MOTOR, FURNISHING FULL
INFORMATION. SELLER SHOULD KEEP COPY FOR TAX RECORDS.
I
CERTIFICATION OF TAX EXEMPT TRANSFER OF WATERCRAFT AND OUTBOARD MOTORS TO IMMEDIATE FAMILY
"Immediate Family" means spouse, parents, children, sisters, brothers, grandparents, and grandchildren.
(S.C. Code Section 12-36-1710(E))
Caution: S.C. Code Section 12-36-1730 states: “A person who wilfully or knowingly makes a false statement for the purpose of avoiding all or a part of the casual excise tax imposed
by this article or who assists another person to avoid all or a part of the casual excise tax levied by this article is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be punished
by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both. ” S.C. Code Section 12-36-1740 states: “A person liable for the casual excise tax
provided by this article who fails to pay the tax or comply with a lawful regulation of the department is liable for a penalty not to exceed five hundred dollars. ”
I certify that I, __________________________________________, acquired the watercraft and/or outboard motor(s) described in the Bill of Sale (above or attached)
(Purchaser)
from __________________________________________, who is my __________________________________________, and is an immediate family member qualifying
(Seller)
(Relationship)
me to lawfully claim exemption from the Casual Excise Tax under S.C. Code Section 12-36-1710.
X______________________________________________
Date _______________________________________
Purchaser's Signature
Privacy Statement
In accordance with South Carolina law, personal information collected by SCDNR for licenses, tags, permits and watercraft/outboard motor titles and registrations may be subject
to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. However, state law prohibits personal information collected by state agencies to be used for private solicitation or commercial
purposes.
DISPLAY OF NUMBER AND DECALS
TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE OF NUMBER
The number awarded shall be painted or
IS NOT TO BE DISPLAYED.
attached to the forward half of each side of
Carry this certificate and copy of bill of sale on board during
the watercraft in a position distinctly visible to
operation up to sixty (60) days from date of purchase as proof of
other vessels.
a recent appli cation being submitted. This copy is a temporary
Letters and numerals must be of a block
certificate valid up to (60) days. Your registration card and/or title
design not less than three (3) inches high and
will be mailed at a later date. A temporary certificate of number is
of a color which clearly contrasts with the
not valid for rental boats or a boat without a hull id number.
color of the watercraft hull. Numbers must be
read from left to right as they appear on the
certificate of number. Letter groups must be
This temporary certificate is only valid for a new watercraft or
separated from the numerals by hyphens or
a watercraft with registration decal(s) and may not be honored
equivalent spaces, and the year decals must
in other states. SC Code of Laws, 1976, Section 50-23-345 (d)
be attached to each side of the watercraft's
prohibits duplicating or updating temporary certificates or
bow immediately following the number,
updating bills of sale.
within six (6) inches (see illustration).
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