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#07-81 March 19, 2007

License purchases, boat title information available online

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources offers online purchasing for hunting and fishing licenses and watercraft renewal. Resident and non-resident hunting and fishing license purchases and watercraft renewal forms may be accessed by visiting the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) website.

Licenses are effective July 1 through June 30 of the following year unless otherwise specified. You must have a printer available in order to print any licenses purchased from the DNR Web site. Proof of identity is required with online purchasing, and you must have a valid driver’s license, state-issued identification card, military identification or passport to proceed. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit or debit cards will be accepted for payment of license fees. In addition to the license cost, a convenience fee of $3 is charged for each transaction when purchasing a license online.

When a license is purchased online, individual tags and shrimp licenses will be processed and mailed separately by the DNR within five to seven business days. All licenses, permits, tags and/or stamps must be in possession while engaging in activities for which documents were issued. Identification including name and address must also be in possession.

For specific questions regarding hunting and fishing licenses or regulations, call (803) 734-3833 in Columbia, or e-mail the DNR Licensing Division at, licensing@dnr.sc.gov. You may also call toll-free 1-866-714-3611 to purchase a license via telephone seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

If you choose to purchase your South Carolina fishing and hunting licenses from a vendor, the DNR Web site lists by county agents currently selling licenses.

Downloadable applications are also available on the Web site, which requires printing the resident or non-resident form and mailing it into the DNR Licensing Division, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202.

Also, renewing watercraft registration, receiving duplicate motor decals and registration cards are available. For additional questions regarding watercraft titling or registration, e-mail watercraft@dnr.sc.gov, or call (803) 734-3857 or (803) 734-3447 in Columbia.

Buying a boat? Get the facts before you buy at “SC Boat Facts.”

SC Boat Facts will allow three inquiry options:

These SC Boat Facts options will make the buyer aware of boat status to help prevent delays in proper titling and registering of boats and motors.

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