South Carolina Public Records
The South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, found in Title 30, Chapter 4 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, says it must be possible for citizens to learn of the activities of their public officials and obtain public documents. It defines public records as papers, books, maps, photographs, cards, tapes, recordings, or other documentation retained by a public entity.
Exceptions listed in the Act include income tax returns, medical records, hospital medical staff reports, scholastic records, adoption records, records of library users, and data relating to public security plans & devices.
Organized below are the most useful of the South Carolina statewide public record resources. You can also find county and city level records by clicking on the menu tools at left, along with professional and business licenses.
- Court System - The South Carolina court system has four levels. First are Magistrate and Summary Courts (civil to $7,500, misdemeanors); Municipal Courts (misdemeanors, ordinance & traffic violations); and Probate Court (estates, guardianships, mental & substance abuse commitments). Second are the Family Courts (domestic & juvenile cases), Circuit Courts (common pleas civil, general sessions criminal felony & misdemeanor); and Master-in-Equity Courts (equity matters referred by Circuit Court). Third is the Court of Appeals, which handles appeals from the lower courts. At the top level is the Supreme Court, which reviews decisions from the Court of Appeals by choice, and direct appeals from lower courts by law (death penalty, public utility rates, challenges to statutes & ordinances, elections). South Carolina Court Records
- Criminal Records - Ordinance & traffic violations are the responsibility of Municipal Courts. Magistrate/Summary Courts, Municipal Courts, or Circuit Courts may handle misdemeanors. Felony cases are heard in the Circuit Courts only. For information about how to order official background checks and to access online databases, go to our South Carolina Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records - Birth, death, marriage & divorce certificates are provided by: South Carolina Office of Vital Records, 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201, (803) 898-3630, Fax: (803) 898-3761. Visit our Vital Records page for easy access to the Social Security Death Index for South Carolina, historical statewide death indexes, death records, cemetery indexes & obituaries from available counties; marriages from available counties; and divorce court record databases from available counties. Unfortunately, we have not discovered any online databases providing birth records in the state.
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|City Records |
Access home pages and search public records free in South Carolina cities and towns.
|Code of Laws |
Browse the South Carolina Code of Laws, listed by Title Number.
|Company Search |
Search South Carolina Secretary of State records for foreign and domestic corporations, limited liability, and limited partnerships by business name or registered agent.
|Criminal Histories (SLED) Pay Site|
Search this South Carolina S.L.E.D. database of criminal records in South Carolina by name, date of birth, gender, and optionally by maiden name.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
South Carolina statewide or search our Premium database of over 450 million criminal records nationwide.
South Carolina Department of Corrections Inmate incarcerated inmate database.
|Most Wanted |
Scroll by name and photo for South Carolina Department of Corrections most wanted fugitives.
|Official Web Site of the State of South Carolina |
South Carolina official website, state government departments, education, facts & history, travel & recreation, employment, online services, state phone directory, agency listing, and information for residents, businesses, and state employees.
|Sex Offenders |
Search for registered offenders in South Carolina by area, name, city, internet names, email, phone number, or search for non-compliant offenders.
|Unclaimed Property |
Use this service of the South Carolina State Treasurer to search for unclaimed accounts held by the SC State Treasurer, unclaimed funds held by the SC Retirement System, or unclaimed child support held by the SC Dept. of Social Services.
|Uniform Commercial Code Pay Site|
Search the South Carolina Secretary of State UCC database by debtor name or file number. Basic searches are free and give you the debtor name, filing type, and file dates. Document copies and detailed reports require a fee payable by credit/debit card, or sign up for a subscription account.
Search the South Carolina State Election Commission Voter database by county, name, and date of birth to view your personal voter information.
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|Confederate Pension Applications |
Search this South Carolina Department of Archives & History database for images of Confederate Pension Applications for the period 1919-1926.
|Court Orders | All Courts |
Search Court Orders in South Carolina from the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit Courts, Family Courts, Master-in Equity Courts, Probate Courts, Magistrate Courts, and Municipal Courts.
|Court Records | U.S. Fourth Circuit Appeals Pay Site|
Search the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) database for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals by case number or keyword to view the courts online case and docket information.
|Criminal Court Journal 1769-1776 |
Search this South Carolina Department of Archives & History database for Criminal Court Journal records for the period 1769-1776.
|Death Records 1915-1957 |
Browse this South Carolina Department of Health and Environment database for death records between 1915 and 1957. Records prior to 1950 require the download of a Djvu image viewer.
|Deaths 1915-1943 |
Search over 635,000 images of South Carolina deaths records filed between 1915 and 1943.
|Deaths 1944-1955 |
Search 231,000 South Carolina deaths recorded between 1944 and 1955.
|Delinquent Taxpayers |
Browse this listing provided by the South Carolina Department of Revenue of the largest uncollected tax liabilities owed to the citizens of South Carolina.
|Dental Association |
Find a South Carolina Dentist through the South Carolina Dental Association's web site.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in South Carolina for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in South Carolina instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Hospitalization Statistics |
Find out the answers to your questions about hospitalizations in South Carolina by performing simple queries.
Search the South Carolina Legislature for Bills and Acts, and Ratifications by number, sponsor, committee, action, index, subject, status, introduction, Bill summary, or full text.
|Legislative Papers 1782-1866 |
Search this South Carolina Department of Archives & History database for Legislative Papers for the period 1782-1866.
|Licenses | Professional, Medical & Business |
Search for and verify the status of professional, business, and medical licenses in South Carolina using these free databases. Includes attorneys, CPAs, dentists, physicians, realtors, contractors, banks, credit unions, and more.
South Carolina Ethics Commission lists of registered lobbyists, principals, and principal contacts, or search by last name.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in South Carolina to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Parole & Pardon Hearings & Results |
Browse these lists by date of parole and pardon hearings and results from the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.
Search for offenders that are under supervision by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services of South Carolina by full name or SID#.
|Restaurant Inspections |
Search this South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Division of Food Protections service for food safety inspection results by facility name, street, and city.
|State Bar |
Search the SC State Bar for lawyers by name, city, state and county. Results give you name, location, schooling and membership status.
|State Employee Salaries |
Search by name, agency, or salary range to view salaries for South Carolina state employees.
|State Phone Directory - Agency |
Look up a SC state employee phone number by the agency. The lists gives you phone numbers for employees in that agency.
|Will Transcripts 1782-1855 |
Search this South Carolina Department of Archives & History database for Will Transcripts from the period 1782-1855.