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For more information, contact the nearest office of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV); contact the Kingstree DMV by phone 843-354-9217.
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The dealership was referring to the state sales tax and the license plate; the bill you received from the County Auditor is for the personal property tax due on the vehicle. Taxes are due 120 days from the purchase date.
If you do not pay the taxes due by the due date, a notice will be sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend your driver’s license. If your driver’s license is suspended for non-payment of property taxes and you also hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), it will also be affected by the suspension.
If you receive a property tax bill and you no longer own the vehicle, contact the Auditor’s office immediately concerning a possible proration of taxes owed.
There is no senior citizen discount on motor vehicle taxes.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does offer discounts on the semi-annual license renewal fee for persons 64 years of age or older. Visit the DMV website to check registration fees. For those 64 years of age, the fee is $22 for passenger vehicles every two years instead of the regular $24, and for those who are 65 or older, the reduced fee is $20 every two years for passenger vehicles (instead of $24), $30 for trucks with gross vehicle weight of 6000 pounds or less.
Even though vehicle registration is renewed only every other year, it should be noted that county personal property taxes are due every year.