4 Ways to Apply for a Death Certificate

According to the South Carolina Vital Records website there are 4 ways to apply for a death certificate:

Walk-in

Average processing time is 30-45 minutes.

You will need to provide:

  • An application form
  • A $12 non-refundable standard searching fee
  • $3 for each additional copy needed
  • A valid government, school or employer issued photo ID.

Where to Go:

  • DHEC State Vital Records Office, Columbia – Issues death certificates and processes corrections for all years and counties.
    • Office Hours 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Telephone: (803) 898-3630
    • Address: 2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Regional offices – Issues death certificates for death certificates since 2005 and initiates corrections for those records.

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 (or 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

Phone

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 $10.50 additional charge to pay for the services of VitalChek, the private vendor that processes phone requests.
  • Shipping fees should you choose to have your record sent to you by UPS rather than regular U.S. mail

Online

Average processing time is 5-7 business days.

Visit VitalChek on the Web, 7 days a week, 24-hours-a-day. Only an immediate family member of deceased may order through VitalChek.

You will need to provide:

  • A $17 non-refundable standard searching fee
  • A $10.50 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 an immediate family member of deceased may order through VitalChek.

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