Immediate family members of the decedent's family or the legal representative of an immediate family member may obtain a certified copy of a death certificate. Other applicants may receive an uncertified copy of a death certificate, after providing a statement that the death occurred, including the date and county of death.
Only an immediate family member of the decedent may order a death certificate through an online vendor. If you are applying for a copy of a death certificate through one of our online vendors, you will be asked to submit a copy of a valid government, school or employer issued photo ID. VitalChek can assist some individuals without identification with a security check.
If you do not pass the security check you will be required to a valid identification. Note: Please use only the above approved vendors to send online requests for certified copies of South Carolina Vital Records. We cannot guarantee that orders from other websites will be processed.
Average processing time is 5 - 7 business days. Call to speak to a VitalChek representative 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Only an immediate family member may order a death certificate.
Average processing time is 30 - 45 minutes. Same-day service is a goal of Vital Records; most requests can be processed the same day.
For services that require additional processing time such as corrections and amendments; please arrive prior to 4 p. Same-day service is not guaranteed for requests such as corrections and amendments.
Other applicants may be provided a statement that the death occurred, including the date and county of death, but not an actual certified copy of a death certificate. Death certificates become public records after 50 years.
Then any person may obtain an uncertified copy of the death certificate, upon submission of application form and fees. If you have not received any response to your request within 30 days of submission, you may call or e-mail us at vrrequeststatus dhec.
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The following death certificates are issued to those legally entitled to receive them:. For more information, contact Constituent Services. Home Vital Records Current .