What is the assessment ratio on motor vehicles in South Carolina?
  • An amendment to the South Carolina Constitution, Article X, Section 1(8)(B)(1) reduced the assessment ratio on personal motor vehicles including motorcycles from 10.5% to 6% over six years beginning with the 2002 tax year.
  • This reduced assessment ratio applies only to personal automobiles, personal light trucks, and personal motorcycles.
  • The laws were changed in 2006, to amend the gross vehicle weight to 11,000 pounds or less and the net vehicle weight to 9,000 lbs or less to qualify for the 6%.
  • All medium and heavy trucks classified by the manufacturer are valued at 10.5%.
  • All other motor vehicles will continue to be assessed at 10.5%.

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1. How do you determine what my motor vehicle is worth?
2. What is the assessment ratio on motor vehicles in South Carolina?
3. When are vehicle taxes due?
4. How do I get a high-mileage adjustment?
5. When I bought my car, the dealership told me they would take care of the taxes and tags. Why did you send me a tax bill?
6. I received a tax bill on a motor vehicle that I have sold. What do I need to do?
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8. If I move out of this state, what should I do with my South Carolina license plate?
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