In the State of South Carolina when you transfer a vehicle you must complete the odometer disclosure statement on the back of the vehicle’s Certificate of Title in the Assignment of a Vehicle section for vehicles model year 2011 or newer, self-propelled and below 16,000 lbs..
Vehicles exempt from mileage disclosure in the State of South Carolina are vehicles that have a Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings of more than 16,000 pounds, all vehicles model year 2010 or older or not self-propelled vehicles (e.g., trailers). Also low speed vehicles without odometers, vehicles with odometers that register hours (instead of miles or kilometers) or mopeds and scooters are exempt.
In conclusion, to comply with the law, you must take an odometer reading in any transaction, even if you transfer to a family member or you donate a vehicle which is not exempt from mileage disclosure.
Remember to never buy a vehicle without receiving the title signed by the previous owner with the odometer statement filled out!
Even though in South Carolina a separate Odometer Disclosure Statement form is not required by law you will find one below. This form is for your safety when you sell a vehicle, as an optional South Carolina Odometer form. So by filling this optional federal form and by keeping a copy of the assigned title you will be able to keep the odometer disclosure record and prevent future claims from the buyer.
South Carolina Odometer Disclosure Statement Federal Form
Below you can find the optional South Carolina federal fillable PDF form for your use in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Federal Odometer Disclosure Statement form contains three sections. Below you’ll view instructions on how to fill out this generic form:
The first section includes the full name of the seller. The name must pe PRINTED so this means to use only Capital Letters to write SELLER’S NAME. Next fill out all the vehicle details starting with the current odometer reading. If the odometer reading is in excess of the mechanical limits of the odometer or is not the actual mileage please check the corresponding box:
In the second section fill out the Seller (Transferor) Information. Here include the seller’s signature, name (write SELLER’S NAME using only Capital Letters), and address:
At the last third section fill out the Buyer (Transferee) Information. So here include the buyer’s signature and name. Please write BUYER’S NAME using only Capital Letters. FInally fill out the buyer’s address and date of certification:
In the State of South Carolina you can fill out the optional South Carolina Odometer Disclosure Statement Form.
If you want to know how to get an exact odometer reading you can find all the details here: Reading the Odometer – How to read an Odometer.
You can also fill out the form by hand. However don’t forget to use a pen with black or blue ink and not a pencil!
How to fill out the South Carolina Odometer Statement
Below you can find detailed instructions to fill out the odometer reading statement on the back of the South Carolina Certificate of Title. Please use a good pen with blue or black ink and not a pencil. Also do not make any alterations or erasures on the title because you will void the title! Furthermore before you fill out the title please read first all the instructions carefully.
First the seller fills out the day, month and year of the date of transfer – for example: this 3rd day of March, year 2023.
After that the seller fills out the FULL PRINTED NAME of the buyer and the buyer’s address, city, state and ZIP code.
Next if there is a lien on the vehicle the seller fills out the name and address of the Lienholder and the Lien date.
Then the seller certifies and fills out the current odometer reading as the Actual Mileage. Please use here only digits without tenths. Only if it’s the case the seller checks the first box (1) if the Odometer reading entered is in EXCESS of the odometer’s mechanical limits. Or the seller can check the second box (2) only if the Odometer reading entered is NOT the Actual Mileage (Warning: Odometer Discrepancy).
After that the seller fills out the Date of Sale and the Sale Price. If there is a Trade-in then complete also the trade-in value and the Taxable Total (sale price minus trade-in).
Next complete seller’s signature, seller’s HAND PRINTED NAME(S) exactly as it appears on the title and seller’s address, city, state and ZIP code.
Finally the buyer acknowledges the odometer certification made by the seller(s), signs and fills out their HAND PRINTED NAME(S):
Odometer Fraud in South Carolina
If you suspect you are a victim of odometer fraud please contact the Department of Consumer Affairs Odometer Investigations.
Find more information about the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
For more details in particular please go to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.
Particularly the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) administers the State’s motor vehicle licensing and titling laws. It does that by maintaining strict controls to deliver secure and valid identification, licenses, and property records. Also the SCDMV manages the receipt and timely distribution of all revenue collected in order to best serve the citizens.