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South Carolina Vital Records (SC Vitals)

Featuring handy resources to help you locate vital records online for the state of South Carolina.

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Charleston County Marriage License Search

Located at the Charleston County Probate Court.  This marriage database includes marriages from 1879 to present day.  Searchable by name of groom, name of bride or license number.  Earlier marriages in Charleston County are recorded in the local church records.


Greenville County Marriage License Search

Located at the Greenville County Government site.  Marriage database is searchable by name of bride, name of groom and license year.  Covers years 1911 to present time.


Horry County Marriage Records

Located at the Horry County Historical Society.  Features marriage abstracts 1861-1912 indexed by both bride and groom, marriages prior to 1911 and a Horry County Marriage Register which spans July 1, 1911 to December 16, 1916.


Lexington County Estate / Marriage Index

Located at the Lexington County Probate Court.  Features indexes of estate records and marriages on file in that office.  Marriages are indexed by both bride and groom, spanning years 1911 to 1987.  Estate records provide a date of death with much other historical information.  These cover years 1865 to 1994


Richland County Marriage License Search

Located at the Richland County Government site.  Database of marriages which occurred in Richland County from July 1911 through present day.  Additional marriage license information is available in the Richland County Probate Court in the County Courthouse.


South Carolina Death Record Index

Located at the South Carolina Vital Records Office.  Actual images of the index of birth and death certificates on file in their office.  Information includes full name of deceased, the volume number, certificate number, county where death occurred, and date of death.


Spartanburg County Death Indexes

Located at the Spartanburg Public Library.  Features an index of death certificates 1915 through 1959 and death notices and obituaries from the Carolina Spartan and the Spartanburg Herald-Journal covering years 1849 through the 1930s.


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Obtaining South Carolina Vital Records

South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control

Vital Records Services

Street Address:

Division of Vital Records


2600 Bull Street

Columbia, SC 29201


Phone: (803) 898-3630

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Division of Vital Records

2600 Bull Street

Columbia, SC 29201



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The South Carolina Vital Records Office maintains birth and death certificates from January 1915 to present day, marriages from July 1950 to present day and record of divorce from July 1962 to present time.

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A quick and easy way to find and order South Carolina birth records or find and order South Carolina death records online.



SC birth records (short forms) may also be obtained at any county vital records office located in each of the 46 county health department offices.

See: County Public Health Department Map


South Carolina marriage records which occurred prior to July 1950 are on file in the Office of the Probate in the county where the marriage license was issued.

See: South Carolina List of County Probate Judges


South Carolina divorce records are recorded in the SC Office of Vital Records, however to obtain a copy of the actual decree of divorce, you must contact the Office of the Clerk of Court in the county where the divorce was granted..

See: South Carolina Clerk of Courts Map


Earlier South Carolina vital records may be on file at the county level.  Some counties have ledgers of birth and death records from the late 1800s.  These are found in the County Health Department in the county where the vital event occurred.

See: County Public Health Department Listing

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South Carolina Counties:

  • Abbeville County
  • Aiken County
  • Allendale County
  • Anderson County
  • Bamberg County
  • Barnwell County
  • Beaufort County
  • Berkeley County
  • Calhoun County
  • Charleston County
  • Cherokee County
  • Chester County
  • Chesterfield County
  • Clarendon County
  • Colleton County
  • Darlington County
  • Dillon County
  • Dorchester County
  • Edgefield County
  • Fairfield County
  • Florence County
  • Georgetown County
  • Greenville County
  • Greenwood County
  • Hampton County
  • Horry County
  • Jasper County
  • Kershaw County
  • Lancaster County
  • Laurens County
  • Lee County
  • Lexington County
  • McCormick County
  • Marion County
  • Marlboro County
  • Newberry County
  • Oconee County
  • Orangeburg County
  • Pickens County
  • Richland County
  • Saluda County
  • Spartanburg County
  • Sumter County
  • Union County
  • Williamsburg County
  • York County




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South Carolina Vital Records is a free service providing you with tools to locate vital records in the state of South Carolina.  This page provides resources to help you locate current vital records along with historical vital records to assist you in genealogy research.  Find South Carolina death records, South Carolina birth records, South Carolina marriage records, South Carolina divorce records and other South Carolina public records with this handy reference resource.



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