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Driving Records

Division of Motor Vehicles
Raleigh NC 27697

Driving records are available by mail. Fee per request. Turnaround time is 24 hours. Written request must include full name, date of birth, and license number.

State Vehicle Information

Titles and Registration
Division of Motor Vehicles
Raleigh NC 27697

Fee per request. On-line access may be arranged.

Worker's Compensation

Worker's Compensation Commission
Research Department
Columbia, South Carolina 29202

Worker's compensation records are available by mail only. Written request must include subject's full name, date of birth, SSN, and SASE. No fee. A signed release is required.

Accountancy Board

South Carolina Board of Accountancy
Columbia, South Carolina 29210

Will confirm license by phone. No fee. Include name.

Secretary of State

Dept of State Corporation Division
Secretary of State
Wade Hampton Office Bldg.
Columbia SC 29211

Service agent and address, date incorporated, standing with tax commission, and trade names are available by mail, fax or phone.

Vital Statistics

Public Health Statistics
Department of Health and Environmental Control
North Carolina Vital Records
Raleigh, NC 27626

Birth and death records are available for a fee, State office has records from 1915.

City of Charleston births from 1877 and deaths from 1821 are on file at Charleston County Health Department.

Ledger entries of Florence City births and deaths form late 1800's are on file at Newberry County Health Department. Anyone can obtain records with a written release.

Marriage records from 1950 forward are available. Fee per request. Turnaround time is three to four weeks. Include name, marriage date, spouses name, and county where marriage took place.

Marriage records before July 1950 are available in county where license was obtained. Release is required. Divorce records from July 1962, forward are available for a fee, divorce records prior to July 1962 are located at county level, Clerk of Court, where divorce occurred.

Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Wildlife & Marine Resources Department
Charleston, SC 29422-2559

Boat Registration

Boating Law Administrator
Division of Law Enforcement & Boating
Wildlife & Marine Resources Department
Charleston, SC 29422-2559

Child Support Enforcement
Main Webpage: http://www.state.sc.us/dss/csed/index.html

Child Support Enforcement
Division of Social Services
Columbia, SC 29202-1469

State Clearing House For Missing Children

Attorney General Office
Rembert Dennis Building
1000 Assembly Street, Room 519
Columbia, S.C. 29201

Adoption Records

Division of Social Services
Department of Human Resources
Raleigh, NC 27609-7750

State Reunion Registry

Division of Social Services
Department of Human Resources
Raleigh, NC 27609-7750

South Carolina has an informal registry with each adoption agency.

Archives/Record Holdings

Department of History
Columbia, SC 29223

VA Regional Offices

VA Regional Office
Winston Salem, NC 2715


County Jail Inmate Locator

Department of Justice, Federal Prison System

Use this page to locate a Federal inmate incarcerated from 1982 to present
For information on Federal inmates released before 1982: Released Before 1982 Page.

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