Active duty military exemptions available for Watercraft renewals

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For members of the military who are active duty and claim their home of record in a state outside of South Carolina, personal property exemption benefits are available for watercrafts. Our office will need the following:

  • A Leave and Earning Statement (LES) for the same month the bill is due, or up to 2 months prior
  • If a co-owner is listed, the front and back of their dependent military ID if they are a dependent, or their respective LES if they are active duty

The requested documentation can be submitted to us through the request ticket form linked at the bottom of this article. Copies can be scans or images taken from a smartphone, as long as the information is legible and preferably in PDF or a common image file format (PNG, JPEG). Please also list either the Property ID (PIN) or Alt ID (AIN) off the bill, or the Hull ID (boat) or Serial Number (motor), or the watercraft’s title number in the body of your message.

Once the requested documentation has been received, we will follow up with you on the status of the account. Please be aware that for boat accounts, a $10 renewal fee is charged by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which our office cannot exempt. The fee can either be paid with the Beaufort County Treasurer’s office at 843-341-8404, or through DNR directly to update your boat’s registration. Outboard motors are not charged this renewal fee.

However, if a non-dependent or non-active duty member is listed as a co-owner on the watercraft registration, you may be entitled to a half military exemption instead of the full exemption, and a partial amount of the watercraft bill would need to be paid with the Beaufort County Treasurer’s office (843-341-8404). You will also receive a paid tax receipt from the Treasurer.

For additional questions concerning watercraft registration renewal, you will need to contact DNR at either 803-734-3857 (Columbia) or 843-953-9301 (Charleston).

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