A South Carolina Vehicle Bill of Sale, also known as the South Carolina Car Bill of Sale, is a legally binding document used to record the transfer of a vehicle from the seller to the buyer. It usually contains important information about the transfer itself, both parties of the transfer, and the transferred vehicle.
Until recently, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) required recording all car transfers on DMV Form 4031, Bill of Sale. After the completion, the original copy of this form was returned to the SCDMV. This document was official evidence of the car transfer. However, it is outdated at present. If you need to record the sale of a vehicle, you can download a South Carolina Vehicle Bill of Sale form through the link below. You can also create your specific document using our customizable online template.
After buying a car in South Carolina, you must register it with the SCDMV within 45 days. To do it properly you will need the following:
Additional documents you may need include:
If you buy a vehicle from an individual, you have to submit all of the documents by yourself. If you purchase the car from a dealership, the dealer usually submits the necessary registration and titling information. A private seller has to submit only SCDMV Form 416, Notice of Vehicle Sold.
Selling a vehicle in South Carolina, a Bill of Sale is not a required document in the event the title already includes all of the necessary information. However, both sellers and buyers prefer to fill it out in order to have an additional proof of sale that contains a lot of important details and protects them from any fraudulent claims connected with the deal that may arise in the future. This document is usually filled out in two copies for each party of the deal to keep one and to submit to an official agency if needed.
The state of South Carolina does not require a notary public's certification for vehicle sales but it is generally a good idea to have a notary or witness to a sale in order to confirm a transaction has taken place. This can save any potential trouble which might occur should the seller or buyer contest the transaction at a later date.
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