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Certification of Vital Records

Certification Guidelines

  • Photocopies of vital records are not acceptable. All vital records must be certified by the issuing government agency.
  • Certified copies of marriage licenses may be obtained from the county Probate Court or from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)’s Vital Records Division.
  • Certified copies of divorce decrees may be obtained from the County Clerk of Court’s Office or from DHEC’s Vital Records Division.
  • A death or birth certificate can only be provided by DHEC’s Vital Records Division.

Certification Contact Information

To obtain these items you may visit the Vital Check website or call 1-877-284-1008. You may also get these records from:                

SC DHEC, Division of Vital Records
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 898-3630