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Divorce Reports

At this time certified copies of the Report of Divorce are available from DHEC for divorces that were decreed between July 1962 and December 2012.

There are 4 Ways to Apply for a Report of Divorce

1. Walk-in

Average processing time is 30-45 minutes

You will need to provide:

  • A completed application form (pdf)
  • A $12 non-refundable standard searching fee
  • $3 for each additional copy needed
  • A valid government, school or employer-issued photo ID (or photocopy of one).

Where to Go:

  • DHEC State Vital Records Office, Columbia
    • Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Telephone: (803) 898-3630
    • Address: 2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201

2. Mail

Average processing time is 2-4 weeks (standard).

You will need to send:

  • A completed application form (pdf)
  • A $12 non-refundable standard searching fee
  • A valid government issues photo ID 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

3. Phone

Average processing time is 5-7 business days.  

Call 1-877-284-1008 (toll-free) to request a record.

You will need to provide:

  • A $17 non-refundable standard searching fee
  • A $9.50 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.

4. Online

Average processing time is 5-7 business days.  

Visit VitalChek on the Web, 7 days a week, 24-hours-a-day.

You will need to provide:

  • A $17 non-refundable standard searching fee
  • A $9.50 additional charge to pay for the services of VitalChek, the private vendor that processes online requests
  • Shipping fees should you choose to have your record sent to you by UPS rather than regular U.S. mail.

Who can obtain a certified copy of a divorce report?

You are entitled to obtain a certified copy of a divorce report if you are:

  • One of the divorced parties (husband or wife)
  • Adult child(ren) of the divorced parties
  • A present or former spouse of either divorced party, or their respective legal representative.

Other applicants may be provided a statement that the divorce occurred, including the date and county of divorce.

How do I amend or change the information on a divorce report?

Contact the Clerk of Court in the county where divorce was granted.

What information is needed to apply for a divorce report?

Full name of the husband

  • Full name of the wife
  • Date of divorce
  • County where the divorce hearing was held
  • Signature of the person requesting the divorce record and their current mailing address
  • Relationship between the divorced parties and the person requesting the certified copy
  • Full name and complete mailing address where the certified copies are to be mailed
  • Area code and daytime telephone number of the person requesting the divorce record.

How do I obtain a copy of my actual divorce decree?

You should contact the Clerk of Court's office in the county where the divorce was filed for a copy of the decree. We do not have the divorce decree filed in Vital Records.

How can I check on the status of a divorce report request?

If you have not received any response to your request within 30 days of submission, you may call (803) 898-3630 or e-mail us (saleebap@dhec.sc.gov) for an update.

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