South Carolina death records are public domain, but you must provide photo identification and other pertinent data such as address, phone number and full name and be a relative of the deceased. You’ll also need to submit the full name of the person whose record you’re searching for. Keep in mind that the county offices of South Carolina only maintain death records for the past five years, so you’re also limited in the scope of your search unless you contact the main office of the Vital Records Department. Death records are also available from the State Archives Department. It’s somewhat complicated to understand the South Carolina process, but keep in mind that you don’t need to provide identification if all you need is a statement of the person’s death. However, if you need a certified copy for legal purposes, the rules do apply. All you need to do is fill out the appropriate form and provide information such as the social security number (if known), place and time of death and the full name of the deceased and mail it to:
South Carolina Dept. of Health (SC DHEC)
Vital Records Dept.
2600 Bull St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 898-3432
You’ll also need to enclose a search fee of $12 in the form of a money order or check ($3 for each additional copy). The fee(s) is non-refundable, even if the state doesn’t find a match to the name you submitted. Death records filed by the state of South Carolina date back to 1915, so if you’re searching for genealogical information, it’s a valuable source. If you’re not a member of the family of the deceased, you may receive less information than a full family member could obtain.
Another method of searching through South Carolina death records is to use an Internet search site. These sites have built a reputation of fast search engines and extensive databases that can cut through mounds of information and deliver the information to you within moments of the time you submitted the data. You’ll receive a full report to your private email address and can read it in the privacy of your home or office. Many professionals such as lawyers and genealogists use these online services to find vital records because of the accuracy and timeliness of the report. It’s important that when you request and receive vital record information from a state that it’s accurate and that you receive as much information as possible. Online search sites charge a reasonable fee and if they find no match to the record you requested, there’s no charge. Also, your payment data is encrypted, so no one will ever know that it was you who requested the search. Find out more about online Internet search sites to find South Carolina death records by clicking on the link.