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Vital Records Services

Note: All applicants must provide a photocopy or show a valid government, school or employer issued photo identification. Applications without proper identification will be rejected and not processed.


3 Ways to Obtain Copies of Vital Records

Option 1:
Walk-in: Average processing time is 30-45 minutes
Requirements: Services:
  • State office - Issues long form birth certificates (required for travel), birth cards, death certificates, marriage certificates and divorce reports; initiates and files corrections
    • Office Hours 8:30AM - 4:00PM Tel: (803) 898-3630
    • 2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Regional offices - Issues long form certificates, birth cards, death certificates 2005 forward and initiates corrections
  • County offices - Limited services and hours of operation. Contact County office for details.
Additional information:

Option 2:
Mail: Average processing time is 2-4 weeks (standard), 3-5 business days (expedited)
Requirements: Mailing address:
  • 2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201
Additional information:

Option: 3
Phone and online orders: Orders can be placed with VitalCheK, the only state-authorized vendor of this service through phone and online. An additional $9.50 above standard state fees is applied by VitalChek for their service. Only a person named on the certificate may order through VitalChek.
  • Call 1-877-284-1008 (toll-free) or visit www.vitalcheck.com 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
  • Average processing time is 5-7 business days

For additional information, contact Vital Records.