South Carolina Death Certificate

Below is the information you'll need in order to obtain a death certificate in South Carolina, including qualifications, cost, required information, where to submit your application, and a link to the application you'll need to fill out.

Qualifications

The following people may request death certificates from the state of South Carolina:

  • An immediate member of the decedent's family
  • A legal representative of one of these
  • Others who demonstrate a direct and tangible interest may be issued copies when information is needed to determine a personal or a property right
  • Other applicants may be provided a statement that the death occurred, including the date and county of death

Cost

The fee to search for a death certificate is $12.00, which includes one certified copy of the death certificate. For each additional copy of the certificate ordered at the same time, the fee is $3.00. Cashier's checks or money orders should be made payable to the "SC DHEC." Cash is not accepted, except for requests made in person. For requests made in person you may also pay with a credit or debit card. Fees are not refundable.

Required Information

  • Your name
  • Your phone number
  • Your address
  • Your email address
  • Your relationship to the deceased
  • Reason for requesting the certificate
  • Name of the deceased
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Social security number
  • Sex
  • Place of death
  • Photocopy of a current, government-issued photo ID

Submitting Your Request

By Mail:
Send the completed application and the appropriate fee to:

SC DHEC, Vital Records

2600 Bull Street

Columbia, SC 29201

In Person:
You may order a certified copy of the death certificate by going in person to the Vital Records office, located at:

2600 Bull Street

Columbia, SC 29201

The office is open from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

You may also request a certified copy of the death certificate from the county in which the death occurred, if the death occurred within the last 5 years. For a list of county vital statistics offices, click here.

Download the Application

Click here to download the application for a certified South Carolina death certificate.