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What's inside?

  • Step-by-step instructions on getting your business registration in South Carolina
  • Information on licensing requirements for all dealer license types
  • Overview of the costs associated with getting licensed and bonded
  • A printable checklist with all licensing requirements for your convenience!
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Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction

  • 1.1. Overview
  • 1.2. Dealer license types
  • 2. South Carolina business registration requirements

  • 2.1. Pick a business type
  • 2.2. Register with the Secretary of State (SoS)
  • 2.3. Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS
  • 2.4. Register with the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) and your county
  • 3. Dealer Licensing

  • 3.1. Licensing requirements
    • 3.1.1. Secure a business location and comply with local zoning ordinances
    • 3.1.2. Comply with location requirements and request a pre-inspection
    • 3.1.3. Attend a pre-licensing course (only for non-franchise / used car dealers)
    • 3.1.4. Get a dealer license background screening report
    • 3.1.5. Obtain an auto dealer surety bond
    • 3.1.6. Complete your license application and attach all additional documents
    • 3.1.7. Submit your application and pay fees
    • 3.1.8. Pass a dealership inspection
  • 4. Bonding

  • 4.1. What is an auto dealer bond?
  • 4.2. How much does the auto dealer bond cost?
  • 4.3. How to get bonded?
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  • Appendix: Printable licensing checklists

About the Author

Todd Bryant

Todd Bryant is the President and CEO of Bryant Surety Bonds. He frequently shares his expertise on everything related to licensing and bonding requirements in an effort to help aspiring entrepreneurs

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Bryant surety bonds

Bryant Surety Bonds is a surety agency with a long track record of assisting auto dealers get bonded in all 50 states.

We get a great number of dealer bond requests from South Carolina and a lot of questions related to the bonding and licensing process. This is why we decided to share our expertise and provide this free resource on everything related to getting your dealer license and bond in South Carolina.