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Raised Seal, Apostilles

Will my record have a raised seal?

No, DHEC no longer issues what is traditionally defined as "raised seal" certificates. In fact, South Carolina stopped issuing them in March 1999. Since July 2008, all vital record certifications have been issued on a security paper with a green engraved intaglio border, a gold state seal on lower left corner and the DHEC seal on the lower right corner. The certificate issued by South Carolina is acceptable for all legal purposes including obtaining a US Passport.

How do I request an "apostille"?

An apostille, which is sometimes required by foreign governments, is issued by the S.C. Secretary of State's Office.
For information about obtaining an apostille, visit the S.C. Secretary of State’s website (