Affidavit in Support for Application for Title for Watercraft and Outboard Motor

Boat owners may find themselves without a boat title and no way to get one. In such cases, you must complete and submit an Affidavit in Support for Application for Title for Watercraft and Outboard Motor.

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Affidavit in Support for Application for Title for Watercraft and Outboard Motor

If you have a boat that has no paperwork chain, you must submit an Affidavit in Support for Application for Title for Watercraft and Outboard motor. This form gives you a chance to explain to SCDNR the circumstances that led to your possession of your boat and/or outboard motor.

Should I get help from a third-party boat title service?

No. Third parties may charge $200 or more to complete and submit your Affidavit in Support for Application for Title. You can also spend a lot of time traveling and talking to a boat title service.

You can fill it out your affidavit quickly and submit it yourself.

Download the form from SCDNR.

Grab the form from SCDNR and then complete it. Sadly, the affidavit is not “fillable,” so you’ll have to print it and then fill it out.

How do I fill out an Affidavit in Support for Application for Title for Watercraft and Outboard Motor?

After downloading the form, open it. You’ll see the instructions before you see the form itself.

Do I need to send fees with my affidavit?

No. SCDNR will investigate your boat, using your statement and supporting documentation as a starting point. If the investigation office approves your title, you can proceed with an application for a boat title by filing directly with SCDNR’s boat title services department.

What happens if I lie on my affidavit?

False information submitted in this affidavit is punishable pursuant to Section 50-23-270 with penalties up to $470.00 or 30 days in jail.


Must I publish a newspaper ad?

Yes. You must attempt to contact people who may rightfully own your boat. One month after publication, if no one comes forward, you may proceed with your boat title application.

What is Section 50-23-270?

Section 50-23-270 is a portion of the S.C. Code of Law.

SECTION 23. Section 50-23-290 of the 1976 Code is amended to read: Section 50-23-290.

Any person coming into possession of a watercraft or outboard motor without proper proof of ownership must apply to the department for a title using the form prescribed by the department.

The application must be supported by an affidavit setting forth the circumstances under which the watercraft or outboard motor was acquired. The applicant must attempt to notify the last known titled or registered owner and any lien holder of record by certified mail of the application.

The applicant must provide the department with proof of mailing.The applicant must publish an advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation in the county of residence of the last known owner of record for three successive issues. If there is no prior owner of record, the advertisement must be published in the county where acquired.

The advertisement must be as prescribed by the department in the application. Proof of advertising must be submitted to the department.Thirty days after the date of the last advertisement if no claim of interest or ownership is made and the item has not been reported stolen, the department shall issue a clear title. If the item is reported stolen, the department shall dispose of the item according to law.

If there is a claim of interest adverse to the applicant, the department shall not issue a title until the issue is resolved. The parties may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for resolution.

– S.C. Code of Law, Section 50-23-290

We recommend completing your affidavit honestly and in full.

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