A link to this thread was posted for me on another forum.I wanna share my SCDMV experiences.
About 5 years ago I bought a bike from NC.Before the purchase I contacted SCDMV to make sure I had the proper paper work.I was told that I needed a signed title and that was all.I told the lady that I was buying from NC.I have bought and sold cars in SC since the late 80's.I go to NC and pick up the bike and title.The next day,I go to the DMV.They said I needed a notarized bill of sale and title from the state in which the bike was lasted registered.So I get the paper work needed.Back at the DMV,they gave me a number to call, and said that I needed to make an appointment to have a home inspection done of the bike.I go home,make the call,and get the inspection set up.Next day,the inspector shows up.He is a retired state trooper.He looks over the bike,tells me I have 24 hours to show him a VIN on the frame neck,or the bike would be confiscated and I would be charged.With what I don't know.Overnight, I strip the front of the bike and sand the frame neck down.The numbers were there and matched my paper work.Did I mention that the bike had just been painted?Anyway.I called the guy that morning,he redid the inspection,and verified my paper work.Off to SCDMV with a smile and my paper work.There I was told they needed to inspect the bike again.So I go back home,reassemble the bike,and go back to the DMV.I wait for an hour and she inspects the bike.She told me she needed to see the VIN or the bike would be confiscated and I would be charged.So I stripped the bike in the parking lot.Go in and wait a few more hours for my number to come up.She comes out,redoes the inspection,gives me my tag and paper work.I left,reassembled the bike, and loaded up.
Fast forward three years.The SCDMV had under gone a make over and things were umm better?I had bought two parts bikes with no titles.One was for the bike I just spoke of titling, and I had found a cheap frame to build another bike to ride.Knowing the DMV had under gone a make over,I called and asked exactly what paper work I needed to purchase a bike frame from California.Once again,I was told that all I needed was a signed title and a tax receipt.I call the guy and let him know I sent him the money through paypal.He promptly shipped the frame because he was moving overseas to work.I received the frame later that week and the title in the mail the next day.Thinking I had time,I rebuilt the parts bike on the new frame.Unfortunately,I got busy building and didn't try getting a title for almost a year.I go through the same crap again.Except this time I can't get the correct paper work so I didn't make it to the inspection stage.The guy I bought the bike from,didn't leave any info behind for me to contact him and his phone number changed when he moved overseas.
Fast forward again,to last month.Since all of that,I have accumulated enough parts to rebuild both parts bikes, and the frame I bought and started building up.So I posted on another forum about my titling issues.I called a titling service in Maine.They said that I needed to send them a notarized bill of sale certified mail.They would in turn,register my bike in their business name,and send me a new registration and notarized bill of sale.Maine is a non titling state.SCDMV will not accept any registration as title.SCDMV stated this to me,"We only accept a notarized bill of sale and title from the state in which the vehicle was last registered.We do not accept out of state registration for titling or notarized SC bill of sale with an out of state title."So now I have a frame with a useless title and two parts bikes I can't register at all.
Anyone have any new ideas that I can try to get my frame titled and titles for my parts bikes?