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What Are Some Examples of Excluded Information in South Carolina Public Records?

With each state defining its own public records law, South Carolina has created their own laws on what should and should not be included in South Carolina public records.

A lot of information is included in these records, including personal information. A search for your own South Carolina public records would likely find considerable information that you would prefer to keep private. Yet the reality is that the government also works to keep certain records out of the public eye, including:

  • Law enforcement records, including autopsy photos.
  • Personal information that could be abused, like medical records or income tax returns.
  • Adoption records.
  • Library book records.
  • Different states have different laws regarding what is considered private or public, so depending on the information you need, something may or may not be available in South Carolina public records that may be available (or not available) in some other state. Luckily, the government has deemed most records as beneficial for the greater public good. So if you are interested in finding out data on any specific person, business or government branch in the state, the information you are looking for is likely available. All you need to do is take the time to access them.

    South Carolina Birth Records

    South Carolina birth records became a law in 1915. This State keeps their vital records in a fire proof vault to preserve history for future generations. You can only obtain a certified birth record in South Carolina is you are the person named on the certificate, the parent of the named or a legal representative of one of these with proof of such.

    While the State archives only date back to 1915, some Counties may hold older South Carolina birth records as far back as the late 1700’s. You should contact each individual County for these records to make searching for your ancestors easier.

    You can request a South Carolina birth record in person at any of the County offices, through the mail or over the Internet through a third party nonaffiliated site.

    South Carolina Death Records

    The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental control is in charge of the vital records services in the State. They offer a walk in service as well as online and mail requests when you’re applying for a death certificate. There is a vast amount of information you will need when you are applying for vital records in the State of South Carolina.

    To receive a death certificate you must qualify to request it. Those who do qualify are immediate family members of the person who has passed away. The attorney or other form of legal representation for either the deceased or immediate family of the deceased may file the application to receive a certified copy of a death certificate in South Carolina. There are instances when you may need to file for a death certificate and not qualify under those circumstances, then you will need to assure you have a valid interest and can provide substantial evidence to that. Those instances might be to prove a right to property.

    The Department of Vital Records is also responsible for making any changes that might be required on a death certificate to make certain that the department of records continue accuracy. Someone requesting that information be altered must notify the South Carolina vital records agency and then the staff will make sure the changes are appropriate. These changes can be requested the same way you request the certificate itself.

    When you submit your application to obtain a certified copy of death in South Carolina you will need to know the name of the person in question, the county in which they passed away, the deceased’s full date of birth. You will also need to provide your information such as mailing address, accurate telephone number including the area code. It may also be important to know things like the resting place, and nicknames.

    Additional South Carolina Resources

    The links listed below lead to government agencies that provide free online access to public record information. 

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