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***UCC, Corporate, and Charities filings may be filed online at www.sos.sc.gov. For all other filings, please submit via mail for processing. If you require an appointment for an authentication or apostille that cannot be processed via mail, you may call 803-363-9373 to schedule an appointment.***

Certifications by Commissioned South Carolina Notaries Public

  • Documents that are signed by individuals who are not elected or appointed officials and whose signatures are not on file with the Secretary of State’s Office MUST be notarized by a commissioned South Carolina Notary Public.
  • School transcripts, report cards or letters MUST be signed by a school official and the official’s signature MUST be notarized.
    • Record checks from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), local sheriffs or police departments MUST be signed by an official from that office and his/her signature MUST be notarized. The Secretary of State’s Office cannot authenticate a records check obtained from the Internet.
  • Notarized documents MUST include a complete notarial certificate, including the facts attested to by the notary. (For example, "sworn and subscribed before me on this ____ day of ____, 20__.")