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Moving to Hilton Head & Bluffton

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Important Contact Information

Beaufort County Assessor’s Office   |   843-255-2400

Beaufort County Auditor’s Office   |  843-255-2500

Beaufort County Board of Elections    |  843-255-6900

Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office 843-255-2600

Department of Motor Vehicles 15 Sheridan Park, Bluffton 28 Munch Drive, Beaufort  803-896-5000

SC Department of Natural Resources 803-734-3857

Beaufort County Public Schools – Click HERE

Getting a Driver’s License

You must apply for a driver’s license within 90 days of your move. Bring to your nearest SCDMV office:

  • Two mail items proving your current SC This could be a utility bill in your name or school enrollment letter.
  • Birth certificate or current passport
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of Insurance

Registering to Vote

Register to vote with the Beaufort County Board of Elections in-person, by mail, or online, with the following:

  • SC Driver’s License or ID card
  • Social Security Card

Registering a Motor Vehicle, Motorcycle or Recreational Vehicle

Upon moving, you have 45 days to register.

First, visit the Beaufort County Auditor’s Office to have a tax bill created with the following:

  • Bill of Sale or Title (If purchased from an individual, title must be signed by both parties)
  • Driver’s License
  • Most recent vehicle registration

Bring your newly printed tax bill to the Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office to pay. Last, go to any SCDMV field office with:

  • Your tax receipt from the Treasurer’s office
  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Bill of Sale or Title (If purchased from an individual, title must be signed by both parties)
  • Most recent vehicle registration
  • If you are 64 years of age or older, ask at SCDMV about a registration fee

Real Property

This is land, buildings and mobile homes.

Legal Residence

If your Beaufort County property will be your legal residence you may qualify for a Legal Residence Exemption. The application is available online or by visiting the Assessor’s Office. Submit the form as soon as possible; you do not need to wait until you get a tax bill.

The following documents are required for each owner:

  • SC Driver’s License or ID Card
  • SC Vehicle Registration
  • Most recently filed SC Individual Income

Tax Return

  • SC Voter Registration Card
  • Military ID (Military personnel only)

If you  do not  have  all  of the  above,  contact the Assessor’s Office to identify acceptable alternatives.