Beaufort Co. Partnering With SCDMV

Beaufort Co. Partnering With SCDMV (Image 1)
Good news for drivers in Beaufort County! The treasurer's office is partnering with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles and saving taxpayers $41,000 in postage costs.

In a new collaborative effort, the SCDMV will mail one envelope that will contain both the customer's vehicle registration and their vehicle property tax receipt. Prior to now, the treasurer's office and the scud sent separate mailings, doubling the postage.

“Our goal and responsibility to the taxpayers of Beaufort County is to be the most efficient and cost effective department we can be. We are excited about this new partnership with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles and the significant cost savings this partnership will mean for Beaufort County. This is one of many ways we have reduced spending and we look forward to continuing to find new and innovative ways to save taxpayers' money”, said Beaufort County Treasurer Doug Henderson.

And drivers are excited about the change.
“It makes me feel relieved that it's going to be a one-step process now, where I don't have to go running all over the place to send my money here, then go get my receipt, then go to another location to get my tag, it was a process, so I'm really excited that it's going to be a one-step process,” Leah Sullivan, Hilton Head driver.

It's not all free though, Beaufort County did have to pay a one-time fee of $1,836.63 to the SCDMV for program costs.

In the future, the county will be responsible for making sure SCDMV has accurate data on tax receipts, contact information for any taxpayer questions, and continuing to make duplicate receipts to taxpayers.

But that's not the only good news, that process is about to be even easier for drivers.

“We're going to incorporate also, very shortly, is that when individuals come in to pay their taxes they'll be able to pick up their decals in our office as opposed to waiting on the mail or going into the dm offices as well,” said Henderson.

Which is welcome news to drivers like Leah Sullivan, who say waiting in-line at the DMV is no one's idea of a good time.

“Nobody enjoys going to the DMV. I've never once enjoyed the process, I mean. Beaufort County has done a really good job in trying to keep it as speedy as possible, but it's still a nuisance, so knowing that I'll probably never have to go there is amazing,” said Sullivan.

There is no set date for when the combined forms will be sent, nor the treasurer's office being able to issue decals. But Henderson says he is more than confident this process will be in place by summertime.

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