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.
- State office – Issues long form birth certificates (required for travel) and short forms; initiates and completes corrections.
- Office Hours 8:30AM - 4:00PM Tel: (803) 898-3630
- 2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201
- Regional Offices – Issues long form birth certificates (required for travel) and short forms; initiates corrections.
- County offices - For office hours and services please contact the county office
- 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
You are entitled to obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate if you are:
- the person named on the certificate (if you are at least 18 years old),
- the parent(s) named on the birth certificate, or
- the legal guardian, or a legal representative of one of these.
Immediate family members and/or their respective legal representative may obtain a certified copy of a birth record if the registrant is deceased. An original, certified copy (no photocopies) of the registrant's death record must be submitted with the request. There are no exceptions.
- A computer-generated long form (needed for travel) The computer-generated long form contains the:
- state file number,
- name of registrant,
- date of birth,
- county of birth,
- place of birth (city),
- father's name (if listed on the original birth certificate),
- father's place of birth,
- mother's maiden name,
- mother's place of birth,
- date record filed, and
- the date issued.
The birth card is a wallet-size certification that contains the:
- state file number,
- name of the person whose certificate is being issued,
- date of birth,
- county of birth, and
- the date the birth was filed.
DHEC no longer issues the "raised seal" certificates. It has not been used by the South Carolina Division of Vital Records since March 1999. Since July 2008, certifications have been issued on security paper with a green engraved Intaglio border, a gold state seal on the lower-left corner, and the DHEC seal on the lower-right corner.
The only type of birth certificate acceptable for travel is a long form birth certificate.
The procedures and requirements depend upon the specific information to be changed and whether any previous changes have been made. Specific instructions can only be provided after a review of the birth/death record.
If you have requested a birth/death certificate in the past 12 months, you may return that and notify us as to the specific change you would like to make. If you have not requested a birth/death certificate in the past 12 months, this would be the first step you need to take. Again, you should indicate the correction you wish to make. Staff will review the certificate on file and advise you.
This process may be initiated by mail or onsite at a Regional vital records office or the State office.
- Full name of the person whose birth certificate is being requested
- Full date of birth (month, day, year)
- County of birth
- Mothers full name before she married
- Fathers full name
- Signature of the person requesting the birth certificate and their current mailing address
- Relationship between the person named on the birth certificate and the person requesting the certified copy
- The full name and complete mailing address of the person to whom the certificate is to be mailed
- Area code and daytime telephone number of the person requesting the certificate
If you have not received any response to your request within 30 days of submission, you may call 803-898-3630 or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an update.
You will need to contact the Social Security office. Please visit their Web site at www.ssa.gov or you may contact them by phone at (866) 964-7594.
For additional information, contact Vital Records.