The South Carolina Department of Revenue will implement an online state tax lien registry on Nov. 1.

State lawmakers called for the implementation of this registry after passage of S. 160 in March.

A state tax lien is a legal claim against real and/or personal property to secure payment of taxes. The SCDOR can issue liens as a result of failure to pay taxes.

Under the new system, all state tax liens will be accessible to the public on the SCDOR’s website. Currently, state tax liens are filed and maintained with each county’s register of deeds, register of mesne conveyance, or clerk of court.

After Nov. 1, counties will no longer receive state tax liens, satisfactions, or expungements from the DOR. County offices will have signage displayed directing the public to the DOR for inquiries on state tax liens.

The link for the new registry will go live on the SCDOR’s homepage on Nov. 1. You can connect with the DOR on Facebook and Twitter for further news and announcements.

If you have questions about a state tax lien, email