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Vital Records Services

IMPORTANT NOTICE

At this time certified copies of marriage licenses are only available from DHEC for marriages between July 1950 and December 2012. Marriage records prior to and after these dates may be obtained directly from the Probate Court that originally issued the license.

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 apply for a marriage certificate

Option 1:
Walk-in: Average processing time is 30-45 minutes
Requirements: Services:
  • State office – Processes marriage certificates
    • Office Hours 8:30AM - 4:00PM Tel: (803) 898-3630
    • 2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201

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

Option 3:
Phone and online orders: VitalChek is not affiliated with the State of South Carolina and a $12.95 charge in addition to state fees is applied.
  • Call 1-877-284-1008 (toll-free) or visit VitalChek 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
  • Average processing time is 5-7 business days.

Who can obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate?

You are entitled to obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate if you are:

  • one of the married party (bride or groom),
  • the married party's adult child(ren),
  • a present or former spouse of either married party, or
  • the married party's legal representative

Other applicants may be provided with a statement that the marriage occurred, including the date and county the marriage license was issued.


How do I amend or change the information on a marriage certificate?

To amend or change any information on a Marriage Certificate please visit the Probate Court in the county where the marriage occured.


How do I apply for a license to marry in South Carolina?

A couple planning to marry in SC must apply for a license at a South Carolina county probate court.


How do I obtain a copy of my divorce decree?

You should contact the Clerk of Courtís 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.


What information is needed to apply for a marriage certificate?

  • Full name of the groom
  • Full name of the bride
  • Full date of marriage (month, day, year)
  • County where the marriage license was issued
  • Signature of the person requesting the marriage certificate and their current mailing address
  • Relationship between the married parties and the person requesting the certified copy
  • 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 marriage certificate

How long will it take to process a marriage certificate request?

Walk-in:
Average processing time is 30-45 minutes
Mail requests:
2-4 weeks (standard), 3-5 business days (expedited)
Phone or online:
5-7 business days

How can I check on the status of a marriage certificate 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 (saleebap@dhec.sc.gov) for an update.


What Marriage records are available?

Certified copies of marriage records from July 1950 to December 2010 may be obtained from the Vital Records Office in Columbia, South Carolina, 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Copies of marriage records that occurred PRIOR to July 1950 and AFTER December 2010 may be obtained from the Office of the Probate in the county where the original marriage license was issued. Fees charged by DHEC for these services do not apply to copies obtained from the Office of the Probate Judge.


For additional information, contact Vital Records.