Information Regarding Your Vehicle Taxes
All vehicles owned by South Carolina residents are subject to property taxes. Vehicle taxes must be paid prior to registering the vehicle with the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. Vehicle taxes are paid in advance covering a period of one year. Always review tax notices before paying.
New Resident of Lexington County or Newly Purchased Vehicle Needing a License Plate
Obtain a vehicle tax notice from the Lexington County Auditor's Office.
Pay the tax notice at the Lexington County Treasurer's Office with cash, check (payable to County of Lexington), or debit/credit card. Convenience fees apply to all tax payments made with a credit or debit card.
Take the receipt to S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a license plate and registration.
Newly Purchased Vehicle Where dealership Obtained License Plate (120 Day Dealer Affidavit tax Notice)
A Dealer Affidavit tax notice will be mailed to the address provided by the dealership. This notice is due within 120 days from the date of purchase.
Payments made before the due date can be made in person at the Lexington County Treasurer’s Office with cash, check or debit/credit card, by mail with check (payable to County of Lexington), or Online with electronic check or debit/credit card. Convenience fees apply to all tax payments made with an electronic check or debit/credit card.
Payments made after the due date can be made in person at the Lexington County Treasurer’s Office with cash or certified funds only.
If payment still has not been received after 30 days past the due date of the tax bill, a notice can be sent to the SC Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend your driver’s license and/or registration. If payment is made after the suspension is already in place you will also need to pay reinstatement fees to the SC Department of Motor Vehicles before the suspension can be released. Reinstatement fees can be paid at any SC Department of Motor Vehicle location or on the SCDMV website.
Renewal of Existing Vehicle with License Plate
Renewal tax notices are mailed to residents according to address and vehicle information on file with the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles approximately one month before the expiration of the license plate.
Review tax notice thoroughly before paying. Address corrections can be made on the back of the tax notice.
Consult with the Lexington County Auditor regarding possible high mileage discounts before paying the tax notice.
Payments can be made:
The SC Department of Motor Vehicles will mail the decal, registration, and tax receipt to the address they have on file.
Late Payment of Vehicle Tax Notice
Contact the Lexington County Treasurer's Office at (803) 785-8217.
Helpful Information and User Links
Always review your tax notice and make address corrections before paying.
If vehicle has been sold, contact the Lexington County Auditor at (803) 785-8181.
Always include the bill number on check.
Always include the tax notice with payment.
If you are not paying your taxes in person, the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles will issue the registration, decal, and tax receipt by mail to the address they have on file.
S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles