Death Records and Death Certificates in South Carolina

South Carolina Death Records

The population of South Carolina was recorded 5,148,714 on July 1, 2019, an 11.31 percentage increase since the 2010 census. As of the 2017 census estimate, the racial make up of the state is 68.5% White (63.8% non-Hispanic white), 27.3% Black or African American, 0.5% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.7% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and 1.9% from two or more races. 5.7% of the total population was of Hispanic or Latino origin of any race.

This page is created to provide genealogists and researchers an ultimate guide to the state of South Carolina death records. Use the links and the tips below for South Carolina death records, certificates, online tools and databases. Additional information on how to obtain South Carolina death certificates is available below.

How to Find a Death Record in South Carolina

South Carolina death records search

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing South Carolina death records, South Carolina death certificates, South Carolina death notices, South Carolina death indexes, and other related South Carolina genealogy records.

South Carolina death records free

Below are some of the most comprehensive resource for death records in South Carolina.

South Carolina Death Index

South Carolina death records database

Links to South Carolina death and burial indexes and databases are as below:

South Carolina social security death index

The Social Security Death Index contains information on millions of deceased individuals in South Carolina with social security numbers whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration. Try the links below to search the index:

Public Death Record South Carolina

In addition to the indexes and databases above, there are some other resources that gives to almost the same or might even more information about a deceased individual. Here are some to check out:

South Carolina Death Certificates

How to get a death certificate in South Carolina

A law mandating registration of all births and deaths in South Carolina was signed into law on 1 September 1914. Actual registration began in 1915, and South Carolina achieved 90-percent compliance within a few years. South Carolina had no law requiring marriage licenses or registration until 1911, though many earlier records were recorded on the county level. For birth and death records in the last fifty years and marriage records from 1 July 1950, write:

South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control
Bureau of Vital Statistics
J. Marion Sims Building
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201-1797

For birth and death records from 1915 to “50 years ago,” write:

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
1430 Senate Street
P.O. Box 11669
Capitol Station
Columbia, SC 29211-1669

South Carolina death certificates online

Use the links below to get death certificates and vital records in South Carolina.

South Carolina Death Notices

Check local newspapers and local online news websites which frequently publish notices. Use the link below for more information on South Carolina news agencies.

South Carolina counties for death record research

  • 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
  • Marion County
  • Marlboro County
  • McCormick County
  • Newberry County
  • Oconee County
  • Orangeburg County
  • Pickens County
  • Richland County
  • Saluda County
  • Spartanburg County
  • Sumter County
  • Union County
  • Williamsburg County
  • York County