Vital Records

Vital Records Office Locator*
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Note: If you are applying for a copy of a vital record, you must submit a valid government, school or employer issued photo ID (or photocopy of one). When we receive applications without proper identification, we reject them automatically; we do not process them.

There Are 4 Ways to Apply for a Birth Certificate

 

1. Walk-in

Average processing time is 30-45 minutes.

You will need to provide:

  • A completed application form

  • A $12 non-refundable standard searching fee

  • $3 for each additional copy

  • A valid government, school or employer issued photo ID.

 

Where to Go:

  • DHEC State Vital Records Office, Columbia – Issues long form birth certificates; initiates and completes corrections.

    • Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    • Telephone: (803) 898-3630

    • Address: 2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201

 

2. Mail

Average processing time is 2-4 weeks.

You will need to send:

  • A completed application form

  • A $12 non-refundable standard searching fee (Add $3 for each additional copy)

  • A valid government, school or employer issued photo ID (photocopy of one). When we receive applications without proper identification, we reject them automatically; we do not process them.

 

Mail to:
DHEC Vital Records
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC  29201

3. Phone

Orders through VitalChek,, Average processing time is 5-7 business days. Call 1-877-284-1008 (toll-free) to order a record.

You will need to provide:

  • A $17 non-refundable standard searching fee

  • A $9.50 additional charge to pay for the services of VitalChek

  • Shipping fees should you choose to have your record sent to you by UPS rather than regular U.S. mail.

  • VitalChek is not affiliated with the state of South Carolina. It is the only authorized vendor of this service.

 

4. Online orders through VitalChek

Average processing time is 5-7 business days.

Visit VitalChek on the Web, 7 days a week, 24-hours-a-day. Only the person named on the birth certificate may order through VitalChek.

You will need to provide:

  • A $17 non-refundable standard searching fee

  • A $9.50 additional charge to pay for the services of VitalChek

  • Shipping fees should you choose to have your record sent to you by UPS rather than regular U.S. mail

  • Only person named on the birth certificate may order through VitalChek.

 

Who can obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate?

You are entitled to obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate if you are:

  • The person named on the certificate (if you are at least 18 years old),

  • The parent(s) named on the birth certificate, or

  • The legal guardian, or a legal representative of one of these.

 

Immediate family members and/or their respective legal representative may obtain a certified copy of a birth record if the registrant is deceased. An original, certified copy (no photocopies) of the registrant's death record must be submitted with the request. There are no exceptions.

 

What information is needed to apply for a birth certificate?

  • Full name of the person whose birth certificate is being requested

  • Full date of birth (month, day, year)

  • County of birth

  • Mother's full name before she married

  • Father's full name

  • Signature of the person requesting the birth certificate and their current mailing address

  • Relationship between the person named on the birth certificate and the person requesting the certified copy

  • The full name and complete mailing address of the person to whom the certificate is to be mailed

  • Area code and daytime telephone number of the person requesting the certificate.

 

How can I check on the status of a birth certificate request?

If you have not received any response to your request within 30 days of submission, you may call 803-898-3630 or e-mail us (saleebap@dhec.sc.gov) for an update.

 

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