BLYTHEWOOD – Registration fee increases and a road-use fee for certain types of vehicles will be reflected on property tax notices beginning this month.

A $16 increase for all types of registration fees and a roads-use fee for hybrid and alternate-fuel vehicles takes effect for vehicles with property taxes due in 2018 under parts of the 2017 legislation commonly referred to as the “Roads Bill.”

“This agency never likes to see fees increase for the residents of the state,” S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles Executive Director Kevin Shwedo said. “This fee increase is a legislative mandate that reflects changes in state law. It’s another step in making sure South Carolina has safer, better-maintained roads.”

County tax notices are normally generated six weeks to a month before the taxes are due. Even though you’ll receive your tax notice before Jan 1, 2018, the effective date of these sections of law, the registration fee and road-use fee you owe, if applicable, will not change. You cannot pay your property taxes early and avoid the increased fee.

Hybrid vehicle owners who have vehicles that are powered by electricity or hydrogen and traditional gasoline, for example, will notice a $60 biennial road-use fee. This fee is in addition to applicable taxes and registration fees.

Alternate-fuel vehicle owners who have vehicles that are powered by only electricity or hydrogen, for example, will notice a $120 biennial road-use fee. The fee is in addition to applicable taxes and registration fees.

“For most people, you’ll notice a $40 registration fee – up from $24,” Director of Vehicle Services Larry Murray said. “But this $16 increase affects all types of items registered in the state, from vehicles to motorcycles to RVs. The only difference is seniors. If you’re 65 or older, you’ll pay $36 to register your regular passenger vehicle.”

If you pay your property taxes to your county by mail, the SCDMV will mail your updated registration card and decal to the mailing address on file. Make sure your address is updated at www.scdmvonline.com.

Of the state’s 46 counties, 33 counties partner with the SCDMV to print renewed registration cards and decals on demand for customers who pay their vehicle property taxes at their county offices in person.

For registrations that expire in 2019, the decals will be green. These color-coded decals make it easier for law enforcement officers to notice properly registered vehicles.

This is phase II of implementing the “Roads Bill” that started in the summer of 2017.

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