Frequently Asked Questions About Title Work
Have questions on tags, vehicle registration, or title work?
Coastal Chevrolet-Cadillac-Nissan would like to thank you for purchasing your vehicle from us. To help answer any questions you may have regarding the tags, registration and title on your vehicle, we have put together this information sheet that answers the most frequently asked questions surrounding the title work process:
- The state gives dealerships 45 days to register your vehicle in SC and 30 days for out of state. Please note: if you wrote a personal check, there is a 10-day business hold on all checks before any paperwork can go to the DMV. Also, if there is a lien on your vehicle, we have to wait until we have received the funds from your lienholder.
- The DMV has implemented a new system for ALL Dealerships now print a temporary tag and registration that is specifically assigned to your vehicle. Your title work will not go to the DMV until we have received all of the required documentation to complete the transaction. Once your temp tag expires, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ISSUE YOU ANOTHER ONE. Those customers needing another temp tag will have to visit the local DMV office personally and apply for another temp tag. It will be up to the DMV as to whether or not another tag is issued, based on any dealer notes in their system. Because of this change, it is important for our customers to provide us with all documents requested in a timely manner (i.e., tax bills, proof of residency, registrations, etc.).
- We will no longer send title work to the local office – everything must go to the main DMV in Blythewood once a week for processing. If you have asked us to transfer your current plate, please make sure that the property taxes have been paid prior to us sending your paperwork in. If your property taxes and yearly sticker are going to expire within 45 days, or if it has already expired, you will need to pay the property tax on that plate and provide us with the paid tax receipt. It will be submitted with your title work and a new sticker will be sent to you along with your registration.
NOTE: All insurance companies have access to the DMV system to notify them of any vehicles that are no longer insured.
- If you are purchasing new plates, you will receive a property tax bill for your new vehicle/plate from your county auditor within 120 days of the purchase date.
- Your permanent tag will be mailed to the address you provided us at the time of purchase directly from Blythewood. Coastal will no longer be able to hold plates for pick up or mail plates out. If you did not finance your vehicle and are looking for the title, the DMV will send that title directly to you approximately 3 weeks after the date your registration is printed. If after 3 weeks you have not received your title, please call Blythewood directly at (803) 896-5000. You will need to provide them with your vehicle’s VIN. Dealerships do not mail out titles.
We hope this helps answer any questions you may have. Again, thank you and we look forward to doing business with you again soon.
New Temporary Tag Process
BEGINNING MAY 15, 2019
(with a full State implementation date of November 11th)
SC HAS IMPLEMENTED A NEW TEMP TAG PROCESS FOR ALL DEALERS. Below are the highlights to help you understand this new process:
- Our generic tag can no longer be used. Your vehicle information (i.e., make, model, year) will be entered into the DMV system and a unique temp tag will be issued along with a temporary registration displaying the unique tag #. This temp registration must stay in the vehicle until your permanent one arrives.
- Your paperwork will no longer be sent to the local DMV branch, everything must go to the Main DMV in Blythewood, SC for processing.
- Dealers have 45 days to register your vehicle in SC (30 days for out of state). Should this time period lapse for any reason, we will no longer be able to issue another temp tag. Customers will have to visit the local DMV branch and apply for another temp tag. It will be up to the DMV (based on dealer notes in the system) as to whether or not they approve the request for a second tag.
PLEASE NOTE: To avoid this situation, it is important to make sure we have everything the State needs from you to register the vehicle (i.e., proof of residency, registration forms, tax receipts, etc.) before you leave our Finance Department.
- Dealers will no longer be able to apply for handicap or disabled veteran plates. A regular plate will be issued and customers will have to apply for these special plates in person.
- Plates/registrations will be mailed to you directly from Blythewood — Coastal will no longer mail these out. Because of this, make sure you have provided us with your correct MAILING address.
This new DMV system will help prevent plate fraud, eliminate paperwork being returned for additional information/clarification and will help us to process your title work faster. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and cooperation.