Register a Boat in South Carolina

Make sure you have your SC boat registration before you leave the dock in your boat. Your boat registration helps to identify your vessel in the event you need assistance or your boat is lost. While a South Carolina boat license is not required, boaters under a certain age do need to carry a boater education card as proof that they have passed a safe boating course.

Get Registered

SOUTH CAROLINA BOATING LAWS AND REGULATIONS

Keep your boat trips safe and relaxing by following all of the South Carolina boating laws. Not only do you need to know the laws that apply to your SC boat registration, but you need to know the safe navigation basics, which types of safety equipment are required, and abide by speed restrictions in regulatory zones.

IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION

When you apply for your boat registration, you will have to pay a registration fee based on the length of your boat. Registration fees are important because they are used to fund resource protection, educational programs, boat ramps, waterway clean-up efforts, and safety patrols.

South Carolina Boat Registration

SOUTH CAROLINA BOAT REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • All vessels are required to be registered and titled: except Documented Vessels, Wind surfers, Watercraft propelled only by human power with oars, paddles or similar devices.
  • You can use your boat for 60 consecutive days in the state of South Carolina as long as your boat is currently registered in your state and a valid decal is on the bow of your boat.
  • You must have your registration card on the vessel when operating it in South Carolina.