SC roadways will see a noticeable change in temporary license plates

SC roadways will see a noticeable change in temporary license plates
South Carolina DMV

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Beginning May 15, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will be issuing a new type of temporary license plate which ties a newly-purchased vehicle to its owner.

Prior temporary license plates were placed on the back of vehicles and only displayed an expiration date written with a marker. Law enforcement officers often were unable to obtain information about the vehicle or its owner during traffic stops due to these license plates being easily forged.

This change in South Carolina’s temporary license plates comes after the passage of Senate Bill 1083 in 2018 which required more identifiable information to be displayed in order to track vehicles and the people purchasing them.

“The introduction of the trackable temporary license plate will prove critical in ensuring the safety of our law enforcement officers,” said Kevin Shwedo, executive director of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. “It will also be very helpful in making sure automobile dealers are following the laws governing how quickly they need to submit the registration and titling paperwork to the agency.”

The newer license plates are traceable and have a unique alpha-numeric code which would be tied to the purchaser of the vehicle and would be issued when the vehicle is sold.

New temporary license plates in South Carolina (Source: SCDMV)
New temporary license plates in South Carolina (Source: SCDMV)

The new temporary license plates also allow for dealers to advertise on the top 50 percent of the temporary plates, according to law. All plates will follow the same alpha-numeric sequence but may differ based on dealer advertising.

The traceable, temporary license plate will become mandatory for all newly-purchased vehicles on Nov. 11, 2019. These license plates do not apply to mopeds or commercial motor vehicles.

Once a customer receives the permanent, metal plate, he or she should dispose of the temporary plate. The temporary plate will immediately become invalid.

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