South Carolina IFTA Information

South Carolina or otherwise known as “The Palmetto State” is located in Southeastern United States and is currently home to roughly 5 million people. In South Carolina to obtain an IFTA license you must first submit and IFTA application to the Motor Carrier Services Department. There are currently no charges for IFTA decals or your application. Your IFTA Fuel Tax Form will be mailed to you prior to the respected due date.


State Requirements IFTA South Carolina Licensing


To begin, carriers must determine their base jurisdiction. A base jurisdiction is where your qualified motor vehicle(s) are based for registration purposes and the operational controls of the business are maintained.  If South Carolina is your base jurisdiction and you travel interstate among one or more member jurisdictions with a qualified motor vehicle, you are required to apply for an IFTA license.

Qualified motor vehicles operating in more than one IFTA jurisdiction must obtain a license and IFTA decals that allow them to travel in any member jurisdiction.  A qualified vehicle is one that is designed, maintained, and used to transport persons or property, and meets the following stipulations:

  1. Has two axles and a GVW or registered GVW that exceeds 26,000 pounds, or;
  2. Is used in combination when the weight of such combination is more than 26,000 pounds GVW or registered GVW, or;
  3. Has three axles, regardless of weight.

South Carolina is your base jurisdiction if you register your vehicles in the state, maintain operational control and records in the state, and accrue mileage in the state. In South Carolina, to obtain an IFTA license, you must submit an application to the Motor Carrier Service Department. There are currently no charges associated with application.  If your application for a license is approved, you will be issued an IFTA license and two IFTA decals for each registered vehicle.  A copy of the license must be carried inside the cab, and one IFTA decal must be affixed to each side of the cab’s exterior.  

As an IFTA licensee, your quarterly fuel use taxes are due as follows:  

Quarterly IFTA Due Dates

Q1 January – March April 30
Q2 April – June July 31
Q3 July – September October 31
Q4 October – December January 31

Failing to file your IFTA taxes by the due date may result in a fine of 10% of total taxes due, or $50, whichever is greater. Late filings or payments can interfere with renewing your IFTA license and decals.  


Renewing Your South Carolina IFTA License


Your IFTA license and decals are valid for one year, expiring each year on December 31st.  However, your current license and decals may remain displayed during the IFTA sticker grace period that extends through February of the coming year.  To avoid any delays or penalties, you should submit your IFTA license application before November 30th. Your IFTA tax forms will be mailed to you prior to the respective due date.  If you are not compliant with all IFTA fuel use taxes, your application will not be approved.  

IFTA South Carolina allows you to file for your renewal license electronically and pay online using IFTA Web File if you prepare tax documents yourself, use a computer to prepare filings, and have Internet access.


How TruckingOffice Can Help


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