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South Carolina

    The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles oversees the distribution and issuance of personalized and customized vanity license plates. South Carolina does not allow you to determine if your specific lettering on the license plate is available online. Personalized license plates in South Carolina can be ordered using Application Form M-96 and take 8 weeks for processing and delivery. License plates can only be ordered by a registered owner and the plate you order must be registered to an South Carolina vehicle at the time of issuance.
  • Types of Vehicles: The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles allows personalized license plates on cars or light trucks with an empty weight of 9,000 pounds or less and a gross vehicle weight of 11,000 pounds or less.
  • Fee: The fee for a personalized license plate in South Carolina is $24 in addition to the regular renewal fee.
  • Number of Characters: In South Carolina, they allow a maximum of 7 characters (6 for motorcycles) on your Personalized Plate. You can use any combination of Letters A to Z, Spaces and Numbers 0 to 9 .
  • Limitations: Personalized vanity license plates in South Carolina are subject to approval by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. The website also states that the following are not allowed:
    • carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency.
    • may not assign to a person not holding the relevant office letters or numerals denoting the holder to have a public office.
  • Is My Plate Available?: You are unable to look your preferred license plate up online in South Carolina.

    This Site is not owned or operated by, nor affiliated with any governmental organization. This Site contains general information with respect to personalized license plates at the department of motor vehicles in various states. It is for informational and educational purposes only. You should check with the specific state that your motor vehicle is registered in before ordering