When a loved one passes away, there are many tasks that need to be addressed, including the notification of various agencies and departments. If the deceased was a resident of South Carolina and held a driver's license or owned a vehicle registered in the state, one of the entities to be notified is the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV). This is important to prevent possible misuse of the deceased's identification and to handle any vehicle ownership matters.
Who Should Be Notified
The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles needs to be notified if the deceased held a South Carolina driver's license or identification card, or owned any vehicles registered in the state.
When to Notify
It is recommended to inform the SCDMV as soon as possible following the death of the individual.
How to Notify
To notify the SCDMV, you must mail a copy of the death certificate along with a completed "Notification of Deceased Customer" form (form 4000) to: SCDMV, Attention: Office of Inspector General, P.O. Box 1498, Blythewood, SC 29016. The form can be found on the SCDMV's official website.
What to Expect After Notification
Once the SCDMV has been notified, the deceased's driving records will be updated to reflect their passing, and their driver's license or identification card will be cancelled. If the deceased owned a vehicle, the car title will need to be transferred to the appropriate party according to South Carolina law.
Tips for Notification
Keep copies of all correspondence and documents sent to the SCDMV for your records. This can be helpful in case of any discrepancies or questions in the future. It's also recommended to send these documents via certified mail to have proof of your notification.
Notifying the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles of a loved one's passing is a crucial step in settling their affairs. It helps prevent potential identity theft and allows for the legal transfer of any vehicles they owned.
Q: Can I notify the SCDMV online?
A: As of now, the SCDMV requires notification of a driver's death to be done by mail.
Q: What if I don’t have the deceased's driver's license number?
A: If you don't have the deceased's driver's license number, providing their full name, date of birth, and Social Security Number should assist the SCDMV in locating the correct record.
Q: Who can transfer the deceased's vehicle title?
A: The vehicle title can typically be transferred by the executor of the estate or the next of kin, but this can vary based on several factors. Consult with an attorney or probate court for specific guidance.