South Carolina Free License Plate Lookup

South Carolina License Plate Lookup

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Vehicles driven, operated or moved upon a highway in South Carolina state are required to be registered and licensed in the Department of Motor Vehicles. offers free license plate lookup that will reveal past ownership, title information, liens, odometer reading and salvage records. Search license plates registered in the state of South Carolina:

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South Carolina License Plates & Placards

All vehicles in South Carolina must be registered and licensed in the Department of Motor Vehicles. Vehicle owners must register the vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles within 45 days from the date of the purchase of the vehicle.

If you have moved to South Carolina from another state, you need to transfer your vehicle’s title and registration to South Carolina.

After completing registration, the DMV will issue license plates which must be displayed at the back of your vehicle.

If your license plate is lost, stolen or damaged, you may get replacement plates, just fill up your vehicle information on the SDDMV website.

Types of South Carolina Special License Plates

SCDMV offers more than 400 license plates that can be purchased in person, online or by mail.

  • Organizations
    • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
    • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
    • American Red Cross
    • Ancient Free Masons
    • Autism Awareness
    • Beaufort Water Festival
    • Boy Scouts of America
    • Boykin Spaniel Foundation
    • Breast Cancer Awareness
    • Camp Sertoma
    • Chase Away Childhood Cancer
    • Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System
    • Choose Life SC
    • Coastal Conservation Association
    • Delta Sigma Theta
    • Donate Life
    • Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune
    • Eagle Scouts of America
    • Earth Echo International
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Forestry Association of South Carolina
    • Fraternal Order of Police
    • Georgia Tech Foundation
    • Heritage Classic Foundation
    • Homeownership: The American Dream
    • Friends of Hunting Island State Park
    • In Reason We Trust
    • Kappa Alpha Psi
    • Kiwanis International Foundation
    • Lions International
    • Marine Corps League
    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
    • Multiple Sclerosis Society
    • MUSC Children’s Hospital
    • Nurses Foundation
    • Omega Psi Phi
    • Our Farms Our Future
    • Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
    • Parrothead
    • Phi Beta Sigma
    • Powering the Palmetto State
    • Prince Hall Masons
    • Prince Hall Order of the Eastern Star
    • Quality Deer Management
    • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
    • Ronald McDonald House Charities
    • Rotary International
    • SC Ancient Free and Accepted Masons
    • SC Aviation Association- Hall of Fame
    • SC Cattlemen’s Association
    • SC Chiropractic Association
    • SC Elks Foundation
    • SC Equality
    • SC Stands With Israel
    • SC Troopers Association
    • Shriners
    • Sigma Gamma Rho
    • Sons of Confederate Veterans
    • Surfrider Foundation
    • Tree My Dog
    • Trees SC
    • West Point
    • Wildlife Deer
    • Wildlife Painted Bunting
    • Wilson High School
    • Zeta Phi Beta
  • College & University
    • Allen University
    • Anderson College
    • Appalachian State University
    • Auburn University
    • Benedict College
    • Bob Jones University
    • Charleston Southern University
    • Claflin University
    • Clemson University
    • Coastal Carolina University
    • Coker College
    • College of Charleston
    • Columbia College
    • Converse College
    • Erskine College
    • Florida State University
    • Francis Marion University
    • Furman University
    • Georgia Tech Foundation
    • Lander University
    • Limestone College
    • Medical University of South Carolina
    • Morris College
    • Newberry College
    • North Carolina State University
    • North Greenville University
    • Presbyterian College
    • Purdue University
    • SC State University
    • Southern Wesleyan University
    • The Citadel
    • The Ohio State University
    • University of Alabama
    • University of Florida
    • University of Georgia
    • University of North Carolina
    • University of South Carolina
    • University of Tennessee
    • US Air Force Academy
    • US Naval Academy
    • Voorhees College
    • Winthrop University
    • Wofford College
  • Sports
    • Carolina Panthers
    • Clemson 2016 National Football Championship
    • First in Golf
    • Play Tennis!
    • Share the Road
    • Special Olympics
    • USC Baseball National Champions
    • USC 2017 Women’s Basketball National Champions
  • Military
    • Air Force Cross
    • Air Force Distinguished Service Cross
    • Army Distinguished Service Cross
    • Army Distinguished Service Medal Plate
    • Bronze Star
    • Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
    • Distinguished Flying Cross
    • Gold Star Family
    • Korean Veteran
    • Marine Distinguished Service Medal
    • Medal of Honor
    • National Guard
    • Navy Cross
    • Navy Distinguished Service Medal
    • Pearl Harbor
    • Prisoner of War
    • Purple Heart
    • Purple Heart Motorcycle
    • Silver Star
    • Support Our Troops
    • US Armed Forces Retired
    • US Military Reserve
    • US Navy Chief Petty Officer
    • Veteran
    • Veteran Motorcycle
    • Vietnam Veteran
    • World War II
  • Disabled
    • Disabled Plates
    • Disabled Veteran
    • Disabled Veteran Handicapped
    • Disabled Veteran Motorcycle
    • Personalized Disabled Plate
    • Purple Heart Disabled Plate
    • Veteran Wheelchair
  • Specialty
    • Amateur Radio
    • Driven By The Arts
    • Ducks Unlimited
    • Emergency Medical Technician
    • Endangered Species
    • Farm Vehicle
    • Firefighter
    • Gone Fishing
    • HL Hunley
    • In God We Trust
    • Keep it Beautiful
    • Morris Island Lighthouse
    • No More Homeless Pets
    • Northwestern High School
    • Penn Center
    • Public Education
    • Reduce Reuse Recycle
    • Shag
    • Square Dance
    • Technology Alliance
    • United We Stand
    • Working for the Wild Turkey
  • Motorcycle
    • Antique
    • Bronze Star
    • Disabled Plates
    • Disabled Veteran Motorcycle
    • Motorcycle
    • Personalized License Plate
    • Purple Heart Motorcycle
    • Silver Star

Vanity plates are also available for vehicle owners wishing to display these tags on their vehicles. The plates may be ordered at any Division facility. Use the Vanity Plate Search to check the availability of a plate online.

Transferring of License Plates in South Carolina

You may transfer a license plate from one vehicle to a newly acquired vehicle on the date of its purchase. The owner must register the vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles within forty-five days from its purchase date.

More Resources for South Carolina Drivers:

Buying a used car in South Carolina?  Don’t make a costly mistake. Run a Free License Plate Lookup for your South Carolina-registered vehicle!

  1. Check for accidents. Every year, approximately 6.0 million automobile accidents are reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  2. Check for title brands. Flood, hail-damage, and salvage titles are examples of critical title brands.
  3. Check for special purpose designations, including taxi-use, rental-use, or police-use.
  4. Check for thefts. Lookup a VIN to check for an active theft or previously recovered theft record.

Run a Free South Carolina License Plate Lookup to uncover the full-story of your South Carolina-registered vehicle.

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