The most common bills of sale used in South Carolina are a general bill of sale, a bill of sale for a motor vehicle, a bill of sale for a boat, and a bill of sale for a gun.
When you write a South Carolina bill of sale, you must include certain information. All bills of sale need the same basic information. What makes them different is the way that the item is described. First, you'll learn about the information that goes in all bills of sale. Then, you'll learn about the way that items should be described in each of the most common bills of sale.
All South Carolina bills of sale need:
The buyer and seller should keep several copies of the completed bill of sale. For cars and boats, South Carolina will want the original bill of sale.
A South Carolina general bill of sale is used for items that aren't classified as a motor vehicle, boat, or a gun. This type of bill of sale is primarily used as a personal record. There's no need to have it notarized. Common items for this bill of sale include outdoor furniture, grills, skis, furniture, and used electronics. You may use one or all of the following to describe the item being sold:
South Carolina bills of sale for a motor vehicle must be notarized. The State provides a bill of form if you choose not to write your own. If you do write your own, it must contain the same information as the State's form. That information is:
A South Carolina bill of sale for a boat must be notarized. The State of South Carolina provides a certified true bill of sale. If you don't use their bill of sale, you should ensure that the bill of sale you write includes the same information. The required information includes:
A South Carolina bill of sale for a gun does not have to be notarized. It should include:
Many South Carolina private gun sales involves a trade. When a trade is involved, make sure that you include the same information (make, model, serial number, and caliber) of any and all traded guns.
Yes, a South Carolina bill of sale is required to register a motor vehicle. The State provides a bill of sale that you can use. You'll also need to complete an Application for Certificate of Title and Registration for Motor Vehicle or Manufactured Home/Mobile Home (Form 400), proof of insurance, a receipt that shows you paid your property tax on the vehicle, and you must be prepared to pay all registration fees.
Yes, a South Carolina bill of sale is required to register a boat. The State provides a certified bill of sale for your use. It also has a Watercraft / Outboard Motor Application that must be completed. This form also provides you with fee information.
No, a South Carolina bill of sale is not required to register a gun. Guns are not registered in South Carolina.