How to Obtain Birth Certificates in South Carolina
Sometimes in life, you need a certified copy of your birth certificate to verify your identity, citizenship or age. For example, when applying for a job, school, the military or passport.
If you were born in South Carolina, you could obtain a copy easily if you follow the steps outlined below.
The South Carolina Vital Records Offices handle all birth certificate records, and they have been maintaining records since 1915. They offer a variety of ways for you to get a copy, by phone, online, by mail or in person.
Only certain people may access birth records. The list below is of the only people authorized to get a copy of your birth certificate:
- You, if you are a legal adult.
- Your parents.
- Your legal guardian or an authorized legal representative.
First, you will need a copy of the application form. You then need to bring it and valid photo ID, along with the fees to DHEC State Vital Records Office, Columbia between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Their address is 2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201.
You can call them if you have questions at (803) 898-3630.
You can also organize your paperwork and fees and order a copy through the mail. The usual wait time is only 2-4 weeks. If you drop off your paperwork and pick it up, you can get a copy within two days. You must mail your completed paperwork to:
DHEC Vital Records
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
You will need to pay a $12 fee for the first copy and $3 for each additional copy. You may pay with cash when in person, but if by mail you must pay in either cashier’s check or money order payable to S.C. DHEC.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.