|Vehicle Tax Questions
|Q: When are the taxes due on my motor vehicle?
Annually. Taxes on motor vehicles and recreational vehicles must be paid before your license
plate tags can be renewed. These taxes are due by the last day of the month in which your tag expires.
Q. Why didn't I get a tax bill for my car?
If you have moved and not informed the Richland County Auditor's Office, your bill was sent to
your previous address. If you did not change your address with the SC Department of Motor Vehicles
that information was not forwarded to the Auditorís Office which then sent your bill to your previous address.
Q. How do I change the address on my vehicle?
If the SC Department of Motor Vehicles did not send the Richland County Auditorís Office information
that your automobile was still registered in Richland County, you would also have not received a bill.
You can contact the Auditor's Office at 803-576-2600 (option #1) to obtain a current bill.
To change the address on your vehicle tax bill, you need to call the Auditor's Office at 576-2600 (option #4).
Q: How do I receive my renewal sticker for my vehicle?
If you pay your vehicle taxes by mail, at any NBSC branch, via the Internet or phone, the sticker comes
from SCDMV. That sticker is sent to your mailing address within 7 business days. Please make sure that
your address is correct and that your insurance certification is provided when required.
Q: I owe two years of taxes on my new car. Didn't I pay the taxes when I bought my vehicle?
The registration renewal fee charged by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) appears on your tax
bill every other year. If you pay your vehicle taxes after the expiration of your license tag, you will
need to go to a local DMV office to show your paid tax receipt. Then, a new sticker will be issued to you
in person. If this occurs in a year when you were charged a renewal fee on your tax bill, the DMV will
charge you a late renewal fee at that time.
If you do not receive your sticker within this time period, contact the SC Department of Motor Vehicles by
clicking on this link or by phone at 803-896-5000.
When you purchase a vehicle from a dealership, their personnel are allowed to pick up your registration
and license tags without paying the local property taxes. The tax you paid to the dealership at the time
of purchase was the South Carolina state sales tax.
Q. Why do I have to pay a late fee at the SC Department of Motor Vehicles?
State law mandates that the Auditor's Office cannot send you a bill until 120 days after the purchase. If
this bill is not paid, it will still be due and payable the following year when your tag must be renewed.
Richland County does not currently charge a late fee on delinquent automobile tax payments. If you are
charged a late fee by SCDMV, your tag was not renewed (taxes paid) in time for their records. If this
fee was incurred due to a billing problem, you need to contact Richland County Auditor's Office at 803-576-2600
Q. Why did I get a tax bill on a car I sold?
For your automobile, if the SCDMV did not recognize the car sale transaction within 90 days of sending your bill,
they have already transmitted ownership data to the Auditor's Office that still reflects you as the owner of the
vehicle even though you no longer are liable for the taxes.
Q. Why did I receive a notice that my vehicle registration is suspended?
If you purchased your car from a dealer and the dealer obtained a tag for you, state law mandates that the Auditor's
Office cannot send you a bill until 120 days after the purchase. If this bill is not paid, state law requires the
Treasurer's Office to send a suspension on your vehicle for non-payment of taxes to the Department of Motor
Vehicles. This suspension is lifted when the tax obligation on the vehicle is satisfied.