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Vital Records Services

Electronic Filing of
Death Certificates Required

Beginning September 1, 2012, death certificates for deaths that occur in South Carolina must be filed electronically with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Why?

In 2012, the South Carolina General Assembly passed S.C. H4687 requiring funeral homes and medical certifiers to complete, certify and file death certificates electronically.

Exemptions

The law provides for two exemptions from the electronic filing requirement:

  • Those who file fewer than 12 death certificates per year.
  • Individuals who serve as unpaid funeral directors for family and friends.

These groups may choose to file electronically or complete and certify a paper death certificate. Paper death certificates will continue to be filed at the vital records office in the county of death.

How to Gain Access to Electronic Filing System and Get Training

Funeral directors and medical certifiers who have not previously used the DHEC electronic system to file death certifies will need to:

  • Obtain a user ID
  • Receive training on how to use the system to file death records.

You can click here to access the Web Death portal. (Opens in a new tab or wnidow)


Call 1-803-898-3630 to request access and training. Vital Records staff will gather basic information from you when you call, and a Field Consultant will follow-up accordingly to schedule training and provide detailed information on the next steps.


For additional information, contact Vital Records.